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Hotline Tip: What Fee Can I Charge For Performing an Inspection?

What are the procedures a Notary must follow when inspecting a Homeowner's Association Election, and what fees may I charge? – F.N., Tarzana, CA

In acting as an independent third party to inspect and guarantee the integrity of a homeowner’s association election, you are not acting in the capacity of a Notary Public — there are no signatures you are notarizing and you are not placing your seal impression on anything — therefore, there are no set fees. Because you are not performing a notarial act, you may ask for whatever fee you think is reasonable, or negotiate with the entity that is seeking your services.

To find out more about acting in the role of an independent party in such matters, you can read the California Civil Code, Section 1363.03, specifically sub-sections [c][2], [3] and [4].

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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