exists everywhere. From apartments, gated communities, and
condominiums to cooperatives and malls, it affects all property
types. Therefore, whether you are a current or prospective
homeowner, landlord, or developer it is important to understand the
fundamentals of common area and its subsections.
definition describes the areas as portions of a building which are
not specifically leased to one person and are therefore common use
amongst all tenants. This means the lobby you enter in, the
stairways you climb up, and the gym you train in all count as
common area elements.
different levels of Common Area Usage
The common area
falls under two main categories. Floor common area, meaning areas
on a specific floor, and building common areas, which refers to
locations throughout the buildings entirety. This includes
amenities such as laundry facilities, pools and garden areas, as
well as exterior walls, parking lots, and even public
zones are controlled
by the landlord or someone they nominate to exercise management
on their behalf. Under the common area license, which is in full
effect for the entirety of your lease, there are several rules and
regulations which come alongside your properties perks.
buildings, detailed information about their common element rules is
found in the development's governing documents. These normally
Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions, and
Easements, also known as a master deed.
responsible for Residential Common Areas?
When you purchase
any type of property in a planned development, such as a leased
land property or gated community, you are obliged to join the
communities Home Owners
Association (HAO). It is the HAO you pay common area
maintenance fees to, which go towards the maintenance, repair, and
replacement of your properties communal spaces.
The HAO rules can
be as numerous and diverse as the people running them. Examples
range from limiting communal pool hours, implementing age
restrictions at the gym, and enforcing dress codes at sporting
While most common
elements in a development are usually 'general', there are limited
common elements. This refers to spaces which can be used by more
than one but less than all homeowners in the development. The
articles and bylaws of general and limited common area and HOA can
also be found in the governing documents which are obtainable from
your HOA or real estate broker.
responsible for Commercial Common Areas?
In the case of
office buildings common area maintenance is under the
responsibility of the landlord. Therefore, should areas such as
bathrooms, elevators or lobbies suffer any damage and need repairs,
this will be handled by the proprietor of the building.
Specifications of what is considered common area in your office
complex can be found in the breakdown of the buildings design
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