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Condominium and Cooperative Law in California

Condominiums and cooperatives are types of "common interest" communities.

They are communities where each individual or family resident rents or owns a unit which is part of a larger building, containing other, similar, residential units. The residents are responsible responsible for the maintenance of the common areas of their living areas, such as gardens, walkways, lawns, and swimming pools. They usually meet this responsibility by paying a monthly fee to support this maintenance.

Merely viewing one of these communities from the outside (or inside) will not let you know whether it's a cooperative or condominium community.

The basic difference is that, in condominium communities, the units are purchased and owned by their residents, and they also collectively own the common areas of the development. In a cooperative community, the land and buildings in which the housing units are owned by a single corporation or association. The individual units are rented by the residents, not purchased.

Laws and Regulations Concerning Common Interest Communities in Burlingame, California

Several Burlingame, California laws affect common-interest communities. However, almost all of these laws govern real estate more generally, and there are very few laws written specifically for common interest communities. Such generally-applicable laws include zoning regulations, contracts, and the relations between landlords and tenants.

In general, the policies of the landowner or management board will have a much greater impact on the daily lives and conduct of residents than any state or local laws governing condominiums or cooperatives.

Because the land they occupy is usually private property, it is the owners of this property who make most of the rules that will affect your daily conduct. A responsible manager will usually make rules designed to balance your right to live as you please in your own residence, with the right your neighbors have to a clean, safe, and quiet living environment.

The authority of landowners is limited, however, and there are some rules that cannot be given legal effect. For instance, in Burlingame, California, any rule which would exclude residents based on their race is completely unenforceable. Such discrimination is clearly prohibited under federal law, private property rights notwithstanding.

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If you have a problem with your landlord, your community association, or a neighbor (which the landlord is unwilling or unable to address), an experienced real estate attorney in Burlingame, California will be able to help.

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Life in Burlingame

Burlingame, California is a city in San Mateo County, California. It is located south of San Francisco, on the San Francisco Peninsula. It has a significant portion of shoreline on the San Francisco Bay. Its population is about 29,000 people.

Burlingame is unofficially nicknamed the "city of trees" because of the huge number of trees within the city limits (there are over 18,000 publicly-owned trees in Burlingame, California). Thanks to its close proximity to the San Francisco International Airport, many airlines and related companies do a large amount of business in Burlingame, California. 

Airlines employ a very large number of people, in a wide range of industries. These included administrative personnel, such as Burlingame, California lawyers.

So, if you live in Burlingame, California and are in need of legal advice, it's almost certain that there are attorneys in Burlingame, California who can assist you.

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