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Mello Roos Tax Questions Answered

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."

FREE MELLO ROOS AMOUNTS PROVIDED: Scroll down and fill out the comment form to request a Mello Roos amount. We will send you an email and post the response on this page. We will respond within 1 business day.

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, and cautious buyers should consider it as a part of the monthly budget.

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 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.

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. Keep in mind this only applies to the Santa Clarita areas so if you are buying a home in another area that date may not be accurate.

Mello Roos Explained by Title Expert, Derrick Leblanc

Derrick Leblanc - Title Expert
Derrick Leblanc

Through the years of serving our local community we've answered many questions about the mysterious Mello Roos and we understand 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 Tax Ever End?

This is another question we often hear. 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, and we don’t see this changing 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. It possible, but not very likely.

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Santa Clarita Neighborhoods Known to Come With the Mello Roos Tax

Most of the new developments north of Copperhill such as, Tesoro Del Valle, West Creek, West Hills, parts of the new Plum Canyon area and Stevenson Ranch. 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 Tax the home prices are typically lower than if there was none.

If you or someone you know is planning on selling, contact us to find out about our listing services. We've helped many others sell their homes fast, and for the highest price. We really do go all out with online marketing. 661-713-4799.

Free Mello Roos Amount Service by Matt & Meray

Since we are local 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. 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.

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.

55 thoughts on “Mello Roos Tax Questions Answered”

  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.

  2. Clifford B Sullivan

    Hi Peter,

    The address is:

    29321 Hacienda Ranch Ct, Valencia, CA 91354

    Thank you very much!

  3. Hi Hali,

    According to the public records in LA County, we see the amount is $791.77 annually.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Hi Pete,

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

    Thanks,
    James

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. Hi Kristiana,

    You are in luck! 23231 Barnacle Ln, Valencia, CA 91355 is situated in the Stoney Point neighborhood of Valencia Bridgeport community and there is no Mello Roos anywhere in Valencia Bridgeport.

  17. Hi Carlos,

    The Mello Roos amount for the property located at 23948 Brescia Dr, Valencia, CA, 91354 is $3,002 annually. The source of this information is a matter of public record on file at the L.A. County Office of the Assessor. As you probably know, this West Creek neighborhood is quite lovely and the homes are terrific.

    Should you have any further questions or need help buying or selling a home, please call or text us, Matt & Meray Gregory of the Gregory Real Estate Group.
    661-713-4799.

    With us, there’s never any sales pressure whatsoever and we appreciate the opportunity to be of service.

  18. Yes, there is a Mello Roos for the property located at 22628 Lamplight Pl, Santa Clarita, CA 91350.

    According to the public records at LA County, the amount is $3,444 annually.

  19. Hi Cari,

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

    $2,583 Annually – 24160 Joshua Dr, Valencia, CA 91354
    $2,555 Annually – 24018 Via Vista, Santa Clarita, CA 91354

    As you probably know, both of these homes are located in the Tesoro community and of course, Mello Roos is quite common. If you are looking to buy a home in the Tesoro area, be sure to verify the HOA amounts as well. Homes in some neighborhoods come with more than one HOA.

  20. Hi Pete,

    Could you please check for Mello Roos on the following properties?

    24160 Joshua Dr, Valencia, CA 91354
    24018 Via Vista, Santa Clarita, CA 91354

    Thanks,
    Cari

  21. Hi John,

    The Mello Roos amount for the property located at 28258 N Via Sonata Dr, Santa Clarita, CA 91354 is $3,287 annually. This information is based on the public records available at LA County.

  22. This one’s not too bad! According to the records on file at LA County, the Mello Roos amount for the property located at 24010 Joshua Dr UNIT 63, Valencia, CA 91354 is $2,583 annually.

  23. Hi Rick,

    Regarding the property located at 24043 Dearborn Dr, Valencia, CA 91354, there is no Mello Roos.

  24. Hi Pete,

    Can you please check for Mello Roos at the following address: 24043 Dearborn Dr, Valencia, CA 91354

  25. Hi Juan,

    According to the records on file at LA County, the Mello Roos amount for the property located at 28832 Silversmith Dr.
    Valencia, CA 91354 is $3,610 annually.

  26. Hi Kevin,

    According to the records on file at LA County, there is no Mello Roos shown for the property located at 27213 Ellison Way, Santa Clarita, CA 91354.

  27. Great info! Would you be able to advise what the Mello Roos is for:

    28832 Silversmith Dr.
    Valencia, CA 91354

  28. According to the LA County tax records, the Mello Roos for the property located at 25187 Golden Maple Drive, Canyon Country, CA 91387, amounts to $2604.40 annually.

  29. Hello, great information on here! Can you share what Mello Roos are and expiration on :

    25187 Golden Maple Drive
    Canyon Country, CA 91387

  30. Hi Jessica,

    Unfortunately, we can not yet provide Mello Roos amounts for the homes in Concord. We pull all our information from the records at LA County and of course, they are always way behind with new developments. It will probably be a year until anything shows up in the records.

    In this case, the developers sales agents should be able to provide you with an accurate percentage of the sales price. When we represent buyers in new developments we always provide an accurate approximation of what the Mello Roos amount will be.

    The Concord homes are quite exceptional and we wish you the best of luck with your purchase.

  31. Hi Pete,

    My boyfriend and I are about to put a down payment hold on a new development called the Cpncord by River Village (Lennar). The property address is 26407 Brahman Court, Santa Clarita. Truly appreciate any info. I tried the county site and this address doesn’t show up.

  32. Hi Roger,

    According to the records on file at LA County, the Mello Roos amount for the property located at 20030 Christopher Lane, Santa Clarita, CA 91350 is $5,927.20 annually. This is one of the neighborhoods here in Santa Clarita with a high amount however we’ve seen a few others that are considerably more.

    Regarding the expiration date, this takes a bit of time and we only provide expiration dates to our clients. We suggest calling the LA County Tax Assessors office directly and they can provide you with the date. Their number is, (213) 974-3211

  33. Hi Pete,

    Can you please let me know the expiration of the mello roos on :

    20030 CHRISTOPHER LN

    Many thanks!

  34. What are the Mello Roos on 25545 Burns Place, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381 and when do they expired?

  35. Hi Loraine,

    Thanks for your comment about our website. We put forth a good deal of effort to make the content as accurate and helpful as possible.

    With regard to your question, we are not entirely sure of the correct answer. Various areas and districts do things a little differently so it might be best to do further research. We can tell you, although Mello Roos is the most common bond assessment for our SCV area, it’s not the only assessment. Sometimes there are other hidden bond assessments similar to Mello Roos, labeled with a different name. Your accountant or tax advisor might be able to help you with this.

    Good luck.

  36. Your site is really helpful. Is LMD assessment the same as mello roos tax?
    Its odd that my property is taxed at 1.75% with LMD costs but without mello roos.

  37. Hi Anne,

    We really need an exact address in order to determine the Mello Roos amount. Also, if it’s a brand new community the exact information won’t be available for quite some time. However, you should be able to obtain a percentage amount by asking your home buyer’s representative to check with the developer’s sales office.

    For example, over in the new Skyline community the combined property tax and Mello Roos will be approximately 1.75% of the purchase price, annually.

  38. You are in luck!
    Regarding the property located at 26909 Trestles Dr, Canyon Country, CA 91351, there is no Mello Roos.

  39. Hi Camille,
    Regarding the properties located at 24051 Tango Dr, Valencia, CA 91354 and 20312 Julia Ln, Saugus, CA 91350 the Mello Roos amounts are as follows.
    $2,532 Annually – 24051 Tango Dr, Valencia, CA 91354

    $7,728 Annually – 20312 Julia Ln, Saugus, CA 91350
    We hope the above information helps. Should you need help finding and buying a home or looking to sell, your consideration of our services would be appreciated.
    Otherwise, please feel free to contact Matt & Meray directly with any questions.
    Matt & Meray GregoryGregory Real Estate Group661-713-4799

  40. Hi. Thanks for doing this, how much is mello roos for these
    24051 Tango Dr, Valencia, CA 91354

    20312 Julia Ln, Saugus, CA 91350

    Thank you!

  41. Hi Vincent,

    Unfortunately, it’s too early in development to gain access to any Mello Roos records at LA County. However, your sales agent with the developer should be able to provide you with the exact amount. At the very least, they should give you an accurate percentage amount.

    UPDATE: I assume you worked out your Mello Roos amount for the Skyline community. I understand, the amounts are not too bad, especially when compared to a few other nearby neighborhoods.

  42. Hi there. I’m in the process of newly built buying a Skyline home (Mystral to be precise) from Pardee. Can you help with insight into the property tax and Mello-Roos for 17952 Spire Ct, Santa Clarita? Thank you.

  43. Hi Kelly,

    The Mello Roos amount for 20506 Brookie Lane is quite steep with a cost of $8,164 annually. According to the public record, there is no Mello Roos for 26909 Trestles Dr.

    If you or someone you know is considering buying or selling a home, contact us for a free, “getting started” consultation. Should you have any further questions feel free to contact us directly.

    Matt & Meray Gregory of the Gregory Real Estate Group.
    661-713-4799.

  44. Hello. Can you tell me the Mello Roos amounts for the following properties:

    20506 Brookie Ln Saugus, CA 91350

    26909 Trestles Dr Canyon Country, CA 91351

  45. Hi Janette,

    This home is a very nice neighborhood and when it comes to Mello Roos costs, it’s not too bad. The Mello Roos amount for the property located at 28648 Coloma Court, Saugus, CA is $2,029 annually.

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