Does Condo Basement Owner Have to Pay Common Fees?

J.J. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

I own a Basement in a condo unfinished, no electric plumbing just a concrete box for storage. Do I need to pay common charges? Is the board able to make me pay?

Mister Condo replies:

J.J., when you say you own a basement in a condo that is unfinished, I first have to ask how that is possible. You don’t own a unit in the condo as well? Is the basement a unit? Without knowing a bit more information, let me give you the best answer I can with what you have provided. Ownership in any condominium means ownership within the association. If you won any real estate that is part of the association, then you have a common interest in the overall association and you need to pay your portion of the expenses in the form of common fees. So, yes, if you own a basement within an association, you are a member of the association and you have to pay common fees. Hope that helps. Feel free to write back with more details so I may be able to give a more thorough answer.

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