Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Condo vs PUD - What's the difference?

The two most common forms of common interest developments in California are Condominiums and Planned Unit Developments (PUDs). What's the same and what's different?

The characteristics shared by both forms of ownership are:
  • Common ownership of private residential property
  • Mandatory membership of all owners in an Association which controls use of the common property
  • Governing documents (CC&Rs) which establish the rules which owners must follow in the use of their individual lots, as well as common areas.

The basic differences between ownership of a condominium and ownership of a PUD are:

  • The Condominium owner owns 100% of the unit, as defined by a recorded Condominium Plan, and also owns a fractional, or percentage, interest in all common areas.
  • The PUD owner owns the lot as shown in the recorded Tract Map or Parcel Map along with the structure and improvements. They also receive rights and easements to use in common areas.

1 comment:

  1. The best way to check whether the property is a PUD or Condo is to read the Preliminary Title Report.