Who is Responsible For a Limited Common Element?
-by Alana Ashby
The sidewalk, the road, park benches, streetlights, and more belong to and benefit everyone in an HOA. These common elements are shared property that is maintained by the HOA and enjoyed by all community members. The money for repairing and replacing these elements comes from the HOA’s operating budget or reserves, which are funded by everyone’s collective annual assessments.
Board members, attorneys, and Community Managers look to the HOA’s CC&Rs for the definition of their limited common elements- and who has the responsibility for their upkeep.
State statutes may also be a good resource in identifying limited common elements and who is responsible for them.
Alana Ashby, CMCA and owner of AMI, helped to establish and served as a Board Member for Community Associations Institute (CAI) Idaho Chapter. Alana has extensive experience in all aspects of financial management, real estate development and management, as well as negotiation.
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