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Non-Owner Access

There are two main angles of non-owner access that are frequently of concern. The first is the right of the HOA to access a unit. The second is the right of one owner to access the property of another property owner.  Regarding the former, CC&R’s will often grant the right of access to an owners property for the purposes of fulfilling the HOA’s duties.  The exact level of access varies by CC&R.  Usually advance notice or pre-existing permission is a condition of access.  Regarding the latter, neighbor’s access to each others property is generally a condition of the CC&R’s.  This is most common in relation to property maintenance and repairs and usually requires advance notice or pre-existing permission.

HOA Rules or Governing Documents

HOA rules or Governing documents are simply the rules adopted by the collective individual owners of a condominium plan.

Exclusive Use or Restricted Common Area

Exclusive use or restricted common areas refer to areas that do not lie within a specific lot or unit but which an individual owner holds exclusive access or rights. Examples would be a dedicated parking space or a patio. These are important to note on the property deed and in the CC&R’s in order to prevent or resolve disputes over access at some later date or upon sale of the property. 

CC&R's - Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions

The phrase “CC&R’s” is common vernacular for San Francisco homeowners.  As condominium ownership and condo conversion are increasingly more attractive, the phrase “What do your CC&R’s say?” tends to come up frequently. 

Condominium Plan

A condominium plan is often associated with terms such as subdivision map, final map, or parcel map.  Each term is used to describe the drawings or maps that detail the manner in which a given property is laid out into different units, lots, or subdivisions.  These plans define the lot and unit location and boundaries and -once approved and registered by the local government- become the official plans in relation to the deeds and/or mortgages associated with the property.  Property owners employ land surveyors to prepare these plans. Once approved by the appropriate government office, the plans are recorded with the county and become a part of public record.