With various forms of property ownership, including condominiums and timeshares, property owners become liable for common area maintenance fees. Such fees vary widely from property to property. In fact, common area maintenance fees can be quite expensive. Hence, it is an important area of consideration for all property owners and prospective property owners.
Generally, the phrase “common area” refers to those areas which do not belong to any particular property owner. Rather, the common areas may be used by all property owners. Often, common areas include:
While most property owners do not think in terms of operating systems when they think of common areas, operating systems are often included in the definition of common areas. Such systems include:
When considering the issue of common area maintenance fees, it is important for a property owner or a prospective property owner to make a careful review of the ownership documents for the property at issue. Some relevant questions are as follows:
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