| Freehold Ottawa Condominiums
The biggest difference between a freehold Ottawa condominium
and a regular Ottawa condominium is what is included as part
of the unit. In a freehold condominium, the person owns the
plot of land and the structure that is on the land, such as
the Ottawa condo. The owner would be responsible for the care
and upkeep of the land and house, including the roof, exterior
walls, garden, lawn, driveway and garage.
With a freehold condominium, the common property elements
might include access roads to the units, recreational facilities,
visitor parking area or a park with a playground. These items
may be the responsibility of the condominium corporation.
All unit owners pay a monthly condominium fee toward their
With a regular townhouse or house condominium, the unit typically
consists of the interior of the house itself, while the exterior
of the house and the plot of land on which the unit sits are
considered part of the common elements. This means that repair
and maintenance of items like exterior walls, windows, lawns,
gardens and driveways may be the responsibility of the condominium
corporation. In a freehold condominium, you usually have more
freedom to make improvements, such as landscaping features,
to the unit. However, there are usually provisions that give
the condominium corporation some control over owners modifying
the unit, such as determining when the roof will be repaired,
and what colour the shingles must be. So if you want to change
the colour of your door or build a deck in your backyard,
you may have to ask for permission from the Board of Directors.
Note: In some provinces, there are bare/vacant land condominiums.The
land and any structure on it make up the unit and maintenance
can be fully the responsibility of the condominium corporation
or the unit owner.
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