Mello Roos Tax Questions Answered

Mello Roos Taxes

What is a Mello Roos tax and how much is it going to cost homeowners when buying a home? Our local title expert Derrick Leblanc states, “the Mello Roos is an extra bond assessment for properties in specific communities and primarily put in place to help the local schools.

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When did the Mello Roos Begin?

Here in Santa Clarita the Mello Roos bonds did not begin until 1985 or 1986, so it’s safe to assume any homes built prior will NOT have a Mello Roos. This only applies to the Santa Clarita areas so if buying a home in another area, that date may not be accurate.

When considering real estate in Santa Clarita Valley buyers should be aware of the potential for a Mello Roos Tax. Not all, but a good number of our Santa Clarita communities come with a special Mello Roos Tax. Buyers must consider it as a part of the monthly budget as it will be included in your debt to income ratio by the lender.

The Mello Roos Tax can be quite hefty and continues to surprise many prospective homebuyers. Although most of us refer to the Mello Roos as a tax, in reality it is a bond and only applies to specific communities. When buying a home it’s important to be aware of what the amount is and which areas are affected.

Surprising Fact: There are a few neighborhoods where one home has a Mello Roos and another home one block over does not! We discovered this years ago while representing a buyer looking at homes in the Toscana neighborhood of West Creek.

If you are planning to buy a home anywhere in SCV you’ll need an experienced, full time agent who has a complete understanding of Mello Roos, HOA’s and much more.

Mello Roos Explained by Title Expert, Derrick Leblanc

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Derrick LeBlanc

Through the years of serving our local community we’ve answered many questions about the mysterious Mello Roos and we know how frustrating it can be understanding the possible implications when buying or selling a home. In order to help others learn more about this, I (Matt Gregory) interviewed title expert Derrick LeBlanc to help us clear up common Mello Roos Tax questions.

Video Interview With Derrick About Mello Roos

Have a look at the video below as Derrick shares an explanation and offers his insights about the topic of the Mello Roos as it relates to the Santa Clarita vicinity. Yes, the video is a bit old but it’s still accurate and valid!

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Mello Roos Amount in ADDITION to Property Taxes

Buyers must be cautious because the amount of the Mello Roos varies and is not a part of your usual property tax bill. This special bond is, in addition to the approximate 1¼% tax we typically plan for when considering our new home budget. Also, the amount of the Mello Roos does NOT change if a property is sold to a new buyer at a higher price.

Will the Mello Roos Ever End?

Some people believe the Mello Roos is only temporary and will eventually end. Although we have seen some Mello Roos bonds expire, that is the exception rather than the rule. According to Derrick,  although the bond assessment always has a timeline which includes a start date and end date, there’s always a special stipulation written into the original bond allowing the benefactor (the schools) to approve the continuation of this tax, beyond the original end date. Let’s be honest! When have we ever seen a school that did not need money? The truth is, rarely has there ever been a Mello Roos tax discontinued in Santa Clarita, but we hope to see this change in the future.

2020 Mello Roos Update
Thankfully, we are finally beginning to see a few of these bonds expire, without renewal. We are hopeful this trend continues but we still advise our clients to not get their hopes up. For instance, if you are buying a home with a Mello Roos due to expire in a year, DO NOT EXPECT it to happen. Let’s all remain hopeful!

Santa Clarita Neighborhoods Known to Come With the Mello Roos Tax

Most of the newer developments such as Mission Village, West Creek, West Hills, parts of the new Plum Canyon area and Stevenson Ranch. We know there’s a Mello Roos in the new Skyline community and the big housing development behind Magic Mountain too. There are a few new Canyon Country developments with special bonds assessments as well, so be proactive and ask your agent before making any offer to buy!

In order to help fund the added local services needed for more households, most new developments come with the Mello Roos bond assessment. Occasionally a new development will come without it but if there is no special tax, the home prices go up. Without the special tax, the money comes out of the developers pocket and ultimately the home buyer must pay higher home prices. Some real estate professionals believe it’s wash! If there’s a Mello Roos the home prices are typically lower than if there was none.

Free Mello Roos Amount Service by Matt & Meray

As Santa Clarita realtors we offer a service to the community by providing Mello Roos amounts at no cost, but it is NOT an automated process. The best way to verify the existence and amount of any Mello Roos tax is to complete the comment form below the comments and we’ll research your answer. Along with our Title Expert Derrick LeBlanc, we provide this service free of charge and there is no obligation whatsoever. For consumers only! PLEASE, NO REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS.

Please remember, we’ll need the exact address in order to provide you with a response.

Example Address:
54321 Main st, AnyCity CA 91354

You will usually receive the Mello Roos amount within one working day.

Sorry, Mello Roos Expiration Dates Provided to Clients Only

Sorry guys, but we only provide expiration dates to our clients. Typically, to find the maturity/expiration date for a specific bond can take several days and requires consultation from several real estate professionals.

We suggest contacting your county’s tax assessor office and they can provide you with the maturity dates. Here’s is the link. LA County Tax Office.

In additional to the tax amounts, should you have any other questions or need any information, we’ll do our very best to provide your answers. Please complete the comment form below and we’ll be happy to help.

75 Comments

    1. Hi Scott,

      Regarding the Mello Roos for 27301 Leighton Ln, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, the amount is $2507.86 annually. Not too bad when compared to other nearby neighborhoods.

  1. Hello Pete, I’m interested in learning about the Mello Roo taxes at this location:
    29211 Rio Lobo Way,
    Valencia, CA 91354
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Ana,

      Sorry for the delay in responding. Unfortunately, the exact Mello Roos amounts for 29211 Rio Lobo Way are not clear. We know there are 2 separate amounts and have confirmed one is $2014.88. The 2nd is not clearly defined but appears to be approximately $2500. Combined, you are looking at upwards of $4,500. I suggest allowing for around $5K, just to be safe.

  2. Hi
    I was looking at my property tax statement and it looks like I have 2 CFD Assessments ( I believe this is the code for Mello Roos).
    One reads CFD Saugus and the other CFD Hart. Together they add up to over $8,000. Can you let me know if this is somewhat accurate?
    Thank You

    I apologize I didn’t leave my address
    20523 Suzie Ln
    Santa Clarita, Ca 91350

    1. Hi Dorian,

      Sadly, you are correct. According to the records, for the property located at 20523 Suzie Ln in Santa Clarita, the Mello Roos amounts are $4004.99 and $4034.38 annually. We have sold homes in this neighborhood in the past and it’s always a bit more challenging. At over $8K, it is one of the most costly in SCV.

    1. Hi Laureen,

      UPDATE:
      With regard to the property located at 23936 Rustico Ct, Santa Clarita 91354, there are two Mello Roos instances. The amounts are $1,865.74 and $766.50 annually.

  3. Hi Peter,

    Could you please let me know the Mello Ross at this new property which they are launching.

    29007 Hasley Canyon Road • Santa Clarita Valley, CA

    Thank You so much!

    1. This address is in the new Williams Ranch development and it’s too soon to know of the Mello Roos amount. We do know there will be a Mello Roos, but we understand it will be small. You’d probably be safe to assume a total tax rate of 1.45 – 1.5%. Williams Ranch is going to be amazing and probably one of the best new developments we’ve seen in quite some time!

    1. Hi James,

      Sorry, there is not yet any information available for the property located at 28360 Floret Lane, Santa Clarita, CA 91350. Skyline is a new community and it will be a while until this info is available in the county records. If you have your own agent, or if working directly with the builder’s seller’s agent, they should be able to at least provide you with a percentage of the sales price.

  4. Hello everyone!

    We’re BACK! If anyone needs a Mello Roos amount, you are welcome to leave the necessary info in a comment. I’m usually able to respond within 1 business day. Often, it’s just a few hours.

    Thank you for your patience! As some of you know, I had to suspend providing local Mello Roos amounts while I finished migrating this new website to replace the old one. If you’re new to the site, the main attraction here are the many community reports. We have published reports on nearly every community in SCV. Each community or neighborhood includes our photo galleries, a video and our own first hand local info. Of course, the site includes much more so be sure to have a look!

    Best,
    Pete

    1. Hi Jason,

      The Mello Roos amount for the property at 28525 Pietro Dr, Valencia, CA 91354 is approximately $2,625 annually. Information provided comes from the LA County Tax Assessors office.

  5. Hi there! Looking for the Mello Roos amounts for these two properties:

    21833 Propello Dr, Saugus

    19775 Elizabeth Way, Canyon Country

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Charley,

      First, according to the records on file at the county, there is no Mello Roos for the property at 19775 Elizabeth Way.

      The property at 21833 Propello Dr, Saugus, CA has a Mello Roos of $1,769 annually.

    1. Hi Anoop,

      According to the records at the county, the Mello Roos amount is $3,848.38 annually. Because it takes a bit of time, we only provide expiration dates to our clients. However, since the Arden Place address is in the newer Five Knolls community, the expiration date is very likely a good number of years off in the future.

    1. Hi Seven,

      Regarding the Mello Roos amount for 29340 Via Milagro Valencia, CA 91354, the amount is not clearly defined. Looking at the county records, we believe the approximate amount is $3,000 annually. If you need this exact amount try contacting the country directly.

  6. Do you have any idea of the Mello-Roos for the new five pointe community just passed magic mountain, more specifically Lennar homes. I don’t have a specific address since it’s being built and I don’t have a lot assigned yet. Thanks!

    1. Sorry Alfredo, since it’s a brand new development it will be quite a long time until we’re able to provide specific Mello Roos amounts. However, the owner’s sales agent should have provided you with at least a percentage. It makes one wonder what else the seller is failing to mention. This is one of the many reasons why we suggest buyers in new developments have their own buyer’s representative.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      You’re in luck on this one! According to the tax records on file with the county, there is no Mello Roos for the property located at 29332 Kelly Court, Canyon Country, CA 91387.

  7. Hello, thank you in advance for your help. can you please tell me the mello roos on

    28635 Jardineras Dr, Santa Clarita? Thanks!

    1. We found no records whatsoever for the address you referenced at 28635 Jardineras Dr, Valencia, CA 91354. However, if it helps, the Mello Roos amount for a nearby address at 28673 Jardineras is $2,894 annually.

  8. Hello There,

    Please can you tell me the Mello Roos cost on the property 24143 Joshua Dr , Valencia CA 91354 . What is the potential expiry date ? Is it going to stay for ever or do we have any rough timeline on the expiry date.

    Thanks,
    Mahender

    1. Hi Mahender,

      Regarding the property located at 24143 Joshua Dr, Valencia CA 91354, the Mello Roos amount is $2,583 annually.

      Yes, someday the original bond will expire. It’s also very possible it will be renewed. Since the expiration date is not easily available within the tax records, we cannot tell you what the expiration date is. Your best bet is to contact the L.A.County Tax Assessors office and request the date. Yep, it may take a while, so be prepared to wait. Otherwise, considering the homes in Tango were built in approximately 2003, the expiration date may not be too far off. The bonds are usually good for 15, 20 or 25 years, so hopefully the bond will not renew for this one. 

      Should you need help buying or selling a home, we’d appreciate the opportunity to be of service. Please feel free to contact local realtors and brokers, Matt & Meray Gregory of the Gregory Real Estate Group. 661-713-4799.

      Phone Number for Tax Assessor
      (888) 807-2111 (Toll Free)

      Email
      [email protected]

    1. Hi Logan,

      There is no Mello Roos for 28356 Santa Rosa Ln., Santa Clarita, CA. This is one of the few properties in this neighborhood with no Mello Roos.

    1. Hi James,

      We double checked and it’s still too early for the records to appear in the county records. Based on our conversations with the sales representatives in the Skyline community, the combined property tax AND Mello Roos will be approximately 1.75% of the purchase price, annually.

  9. Hi Pete,

    Could you help me with the MelloRoos amount for the below property? I did a calculation with 2020 property tax and assessed value, it sounds like the tax rate to be 2.6% (tax and MelloRoos). Is this right?

    19915 Darla Court
    Saugus, CA 91350

    1. When compared to other neighborhoods, the Mello Roos for this one is not cheap. According to the records on file with the county, the Mello Roos amount for 19915 Darla Court, Saugus, CA 91350 is $6,619 annually.

      Also, if you are considering buying this home, be sure to double check the HOA amount. We know the homes in this Strawberry Fields subdivision area also have a HOA but only amenities included is the upkeep of the common areas.

    1. According to the records on file at LA County, there is no Mello Roos for the property located at 25438 Fitzgerald Ave, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381.

      It is possible there was once a Mello Roos here and it has since expired. That, or it was one of the very few homes in Stevenson Ranch without a Mello Roos.

  10. Hi! Thank you for writing this informational post. Could you please tell me how much the mello roos tax is for following properties:

    28322 CHISEL CT, VALENCIA CA 91354-1229

    28409 Steel Ln, Valencia, CA 91354

    1. Hi John,

      According to the records on file with L.A. County, the Mello Roos amounts for the two properties are as follows:

      $4,633 Annually – 28322 Chisel Ct, Valencia, CA 91354
      $4,875 Annually – 28409 Steel Ln, Valencia, CA 91354

  11. Hi! Could you please tell me what the mello roos is for 20523 Stella Pl. Santa Clarita 91350. Thank you.

    1. Hi Angela,

      Unfortunately the Mello Roos amount is not clearly defined but it looks to be approximately $3,000 annually.

    1. Hi Ana,

      $3,287 is the annual amount of the Mello Roos for 28305 Esplanada Drive, Santa Clarita, CA 91354. This amount is a matter of public record on file Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor.

  12. Hello Pete,
    Would you be able to check Mello Roos on the below?

    24351 VERDUGO CR
    SANTA CLARITA CA 91354-0000

    1. With regard to the property located at Mello Roos for 24351 Verdugo Circle, Santa Clarita, CA, the Mello Roos amount is $2,738 annually. 
      The source for this information is a matter of public record from the LA County Assessor office.

    1. With regard to the property located at 20023 Christopher Ln, Santa Clarita, CA 91350, the Mello Roos amount is $5,957 annually.

  13. HI Pete,

    Was wondering if you knew the Mella annual costs for the below address ?

    28116 Brett Ct,
    Saugus, CA 91350

    1. Hi Brett,

      The Mello Roos amount for 28116 Brett Ct, Saugus, CA 91350 is $6,900 annually. Certainly, the cost on this one is a bit steep but it’s certainly not the most costly here in SCV.

  14. Hi, Would you please provide Mello Roos amount for below address. Thanks!!

    29111 Shasta Ln, Valencia, CA 91354

    1. Regarding the property located at 29111 Shasta Ln, Valencia, CA 91354, the Mello Roos amount is $2,583 annually. This information is a matter of public record on file at the L.A. County Tax Assessors office.

  15. Hi there ! Can you please provide me with the Mello Roos Tax of this property.
    17542 Gladesworth Ln Canyon Country, CA 91387

    Thanks so much !
    Zory

    1. Hi Zory,

      As far as Mello Roos amounts go here in SCV, this one is not too bad!

      According to the records on file at the L.A. County Tax Assessors Office, the Mello Roos for 17542 Gladesworth Ln Canyon Country, CA 91387 is $1373.94 annually.

  16. Hi,
    Thank you so much for all of the information. Can you please provide me with the Mello Roos cost for two properties in Fair Oaks Ranch.
    27317 English Oak Ct. Canyon Country Ca 91387 & 17993 Lost Canyon Rd. Unit #142 Canyon Country, Ca 91387.

    Thanks so much,
    Jessica

    1. Hi Jessie,

      The Mellos Roos amounts for the 2 properties you requested are as follows:

      1. $1,669.60 Annually – 27317 English Oak Ct. Canyon Country CA 91387
      2. $801.23 Annually – 17993 Lost Canyon Rd. Unit #142 Canyon Country, CA 91387

      The above amounts are a matter of public record on file at LA County. Should you have any further questions or need representation to buy or sell a home please let us know.

  17. Hi Peter,

    The address is:

    29321 Hacienda Ranch Ct, Valencia, CA 91354

    Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Clifford,

      Regarding the property located at 29321 Hacienda Ranch Ct, Valencia, CA 91354, the Mello Roos amount is $4,854.41 annually. This information is a matter of public record on file at the L.A. County Tax Assessors office.

  18. Hello, could you please check Mello Roos on 26756 Kendall Ln, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381? I was told it is $791.77 but on tax info I see combined liens showing $796.86. Is this an annual fee?

  19. Hello,
    What is the Mello Roos for 25002 Shady Birch Court, Canyon Country, CA 91387? I appreciate your assistance.

    1. Hi Whitnie,

      Unfortunately, because this Aliento property is so new there are not yet any mello roos records available. At this time we can only provide you with an overall approximation.

      We have represented other Aliento buyers in the past and I can tell you, the overall annual tax rate is approximately 1.75%, including the mello roos. 

      Should you have any further questions or need representation to buy or sell a home, feel free to contact us, Matt & Meray Gregory of the Gregory Real Estate Group.

  20. Hi, Can I find where Mello Roos paid for particular address is being directed to? I am looking for school information for the address 18264 Brightstar pl, Canyon Country 91351(New Pardee Sola community, skyline ranch road) and no school district is able to confirm. So, I am trying to see if we can get that info based on Mello Roos.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Kumar,

      We would have emailed you directly but the email you provided was incorrect. Regardless, we are unable to help you with this request. It’s just too early and there is no Mello Roos information available with the county. Usually the Mello Roos tax goes towards the schools but they can also go towards utilities, roads and such. We know the new Skyline Elementary school is in the works so perhaps they will be the beneficiary. My only suggestion is to contact the LA County Tax Assessor and see what you can find out. Good luck!

    1. Hi Jason,

      According to the records on file at L.A. County, there is no Mello Roos for the property located at 28309 Azurite Pl, Valencia, CA 91354.

  21. Hi Pete,

    Can you please check what the Mello Roos is on 29317 Via Milagro, Santa Clarita, CA 91354?

    Thanks,
    James

    1. Hi James,

      With regard to the property located at 29317 Via Milagro, Santa Clarita, CA 91354, the Mello Roos amount is approximately $3,416 annually. This information is a matter of public record on file at the L.A County Tax Assessors office.

  22. Hello,

    Would it be possible to know what the mello roos is for the new houses coming up on skyline ranch area. dont have a specific address to provide.

    thanks,
    Peter

    1. Hi Peter,

      Based on our conversations with the sales representatives in the Skyline community, the combined property tax AND Mello Roos will be approximately 1.75% of the purchase price, annually.

  23. Hello!
    great information here!

    Can you please provide me the Mello Roos for the following addresses:

    28230 Tangerine Ln, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
    28803 Camino De Cielo Dr, Valencia, CA 91354

    Thanks so much!

    1. We are pleased to provide you with the Mello Roos amounts you requested as follows:

      $4,550 Annually – 28230 Tangerine Ln, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
      $2,425 Annually – 28803 Camino De Cielo Dr, Valencia, CA 91354

      Amounts provided originate from property records currently on file with LA County. Should you have any questions or need representation to buy or sell a home, please feel free to contact us. Matt & Meray Gregory of the Gregory Real Estate Group are realtors/brokers and manage all property showings, listings and transactions.

      We appreciate the opportunity to be of service!

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