“My HOA management company wants to charge me $700 for the condo documents. That’s highway robbery. Is that even legal?”
I’m no attorney, but in my opinion, that is NOT legal (and is, in fact, highway robbery!).
Too many HOA management companies are raking it in and breaking the law in the process. My understanding is that per California Civil Code § 4530(b)(1):
Allowable Fees – An association is permitted to collect a reasonable fee based upon the association’s actual costs for procuring, preparing, reproducing and delivering the requested documents, but is not permitted to charge additional fees for delivering the documents electronically. The association’s costs may include fees charged by the association’s managing agent for the production of the documents.
I can’t imagine that their actual cost is anywhere near $700.
Sadly, unless you hire an attorney or threaten legal action, you are at their mercy.