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The basics of a common-interest community

They dot the landscape of Connecticut. In fact, the planning and creation of so-called common-interest residential communities has been in high gear all across the United States for decades, with the results being obvious from coast to coast.

Even if you are a homeowner of a detached dwelling on a cul-de-sac with no link whatever to a common-interest development (CID), you likely have a pretty good idea regarding the essentials of a planned living community. You drive by or pass through them all the time.

It’s usually clear that there are certain common areas and amenities for all community residents to share. In many CIDs, those include things like walking trails, picnic areas, a water park and/or swimming pool, tennis courts, a community game/meeting room and additional features.

Those don’t come free, right?

In fact, their existence is what informs the creation and rights of homeowners associations (HOAs) that govern common-interest entities, whether those be condominiums, retirement communities, townhouses, coops or other CIDs.

HOA boards – often comprising elected unit owners – are often a unit owner’s best friend and occasional nemesis. They render decisions concerning a community’s contractual rules and regulations. They collect monthly dues from unit owners. They have the power to warn and fine dwelling owners concerning infractions and taboo behaviors (think biting dogs, noisy music, sloppy-looking yards and home exteriors). And they command the right to file lawsuits to enforce community rules and collect owed payments.

Unsurprisingly, and as noted in one online overview of common-interest living communities, the ins and outs of a CID “can sometimes get confusing.”

An individual with questions or concerns regarding any aspect of a CID can contact a proven real estate attorney for guidance and, when necessary, legal representation.

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