What is a “common element”?
Generally speaking, common elements consists of these areas:
Vertical & Horizontal Boundaries of a Unit
Vertical boundaries are from the exterior brick in to the face of the wood studs, including plumbing and electrical between wood members, excluding any upgrades to either utilities.
Horizontal boundaries are from the attic to the face of the truss and areas from the subfloor to the face of the floor joists including plumbing and electrical between wood members, excluding any upgrades to either utilities.
Exclusive Use Common Element
Exclusive use common element is generally refers to the backyard and the garage of a unit.
The common elements of the backyard consists of the wood privacy fence, the exterior brick wall and those items (excluding upgrades) attached to the wall, including the concrete patio steps, patio stones directly underneath the steps, exterior electrical outlet, exterior tap and window well. The backyard is a common element whereas permanent changes such as installation of interlocking stones or installation of a deck will require approval from the Board of Directors. However, the care and maintenance of the backyard remains the unit owners.
In the garage, the same vertical and horizontal boundaries apply. Vertical boundaries consists from the exterior brick to the face of the wood members and/or the face of the back wall drywall. Horizontal boundaries consists from the rafters to the face of the trusses and to the face of the concrete slab.
Exterior Common Elements
Exterior common elements consists of the front walkway excluding upgraded walkway, driveway, front lawn excluding personal gardens and the front tree beside the curb. Common elements do not include exterior accessories such as mailboxes and doorbells. Windows and Doors
Common elements include all windows and entry doors (main door and patio door) excluding upgraded doors and windows.
Common Element General Areas
General public areas beyond your unit.