common area
1) Facilities and space, such as recreation facilities, parking, laundry rooms, or a courtyard in condominiums, apartment buildings, and some cooperative housing projects. In rental properties, landlords are responsible for maintaining common areas in a safe condition. Common areas in condominiums are not individually owned by the residents, but shared by percentage interest or owned by the management organization.
2) The area in a shopping center or mall outside of the individual stores, for which each business pays a share of maintenance based on percentage of total store space occupied.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


common area
n.
1 In landlord-tenant law, a part of the premises that is used by all the tenants, of which the landlord retains control and is responsible to maintain in a reasonably safe condition; for example, an elevator, hallway, or stairway.
2 An area that is owned and used by the residents of a condominium or similar housing development.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

common area
n.
   in condominium and some cooperative housing projects, the areas not owned by an individual owner of the condominium or cooperative residence, but shared by all owners, either by percentage inter- est or owned by the management organization. Common areas may include recreation facilities, outdoor space, parking, landscaping, fences, laundry rooms and all other jointly used space. Management is by a homeowners' association or cooperative board, which collects assessments from the owners and pays for upkeep, some insurance, maintenance and reserves for replacement of improvements in the common area. This can also refer to the area in a shopping center or mall outside of the individual stores, for which each business pays a share of maintenance based on percentage of total store space occupied.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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