When you choose to live in a condominium community, you generally agree to the basic understanding: “I own only the interior of my unit from the walls inward and all plumbing and electrical systems that service it.” Exterior areas (i.e. decks and patios), that service your unit are considered limited common elements. Limited common elements are areas that are owned by the Association (all unit owners), but are designated for limited access by specific unit owners. These limited common areas are the responsibility of the unit owner.
Common elements include areas that are completely owned and maintained by the Association. This includes certain landscaped areas, driveways and parking spaces.
Living in a condominium is not for everyone. When you purchase a condominium, you must accept and understand that you are purchasing a unit within a community. You will be living in close proximity to your neighbors and, as a unit owner, you are responsible to abide by the rules and regulations adopted by the community. This is how the uniformity in a condominium is maintained.