What is the common area?
Simply put, the common area is that which is not included within the boundaries of the title of your private property.
For example, in a condo, the common property is everything outside of your apartment. There may be different rulings for different buildings in cases such as balconies, however as a guideline, this description is sufficient.
What do common area maintenance (CAM) or sometimes just known as maintenance fees cover?
CAM fees cover the general upkeep of the property, minor repairs, swimming pool, landscaping, elevators, external window cleaning (on high rise developments) security and bills for water and electricity used in the common (shared areas).
The CAM fees do not cover maintenance and repairs to your own property. For example, if you have a leaking tap, that is your cost. If the main water pipe feeding the building needs repair, that would be paid from CAM Fees.
How are CAM Fees calculated?
CAM Fees are calculated based on the share meterage of your property/apartment. A budget is forecasted, with the cost of maintaining and operating the common property calculated. The CAM Fee is based on this amount divided by the total Square Meterage of the combined lots, not the square meterage of the building.
The CAM Fees are commonly paid monthly; however, some Owners Groups may require the total annual fee to be paid in advance. Some Owners Group may include management fees in the CAM Fee, however in most cases management fees will be a separate charge.
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