There are a few:
- Having to abide by the conditions, covenants, rules and restrictions, and other governing documents, enforced by the association board, which could include restrictions on:
- Pets/ Plants/ Exterior colors/styles/shutters/window types/lights; Number of visitors allowed at a time; Potentially limited parking spaces
- Escalating monthly assessments, and potential special assessments, usually a one-time assessment to pay for a major repair, such as exterior siding replacement, new paving, new roof, etc.
- Possible lack of privacy, depending on soundproofing.
Check on the age of the property, and hire a condominium-savvy building inspector who can spot potentially costly needed maintenance. Obtain the last 3-5 years of budgets and assessments history and board meeting minutes, in order to make an informed decision about how well-funded reserves are, the status of the reserve study, the financial audits and so forth, on-going issues and so forth.
Attend a board meeting if at all possible to see how the Board and owners work together.
It could be a positive living experience if the condominium
community is well run, and you share values and life styles.