Any area of the building or urbanization that is not reserved for the exclusive use of any of the individual owners is by definition a common area, available for use by all. Common areas are normally one of four possible types:
- Physical structures (foundations, pillars, floors, façades)
- Installations, Conduits (Electrical installations, Guttering)
- Community Areas (Swimming-pools, playgrounds, gym areas)
- Service Areas
Each property owner has the right to use and enjoy common areas of the building or urbanization in common with the other property owners. However, they may not alter any common area and if there is an urgent need to repair a common area this should never be undertaken privately but communicated to the administrator of the community.
Property owners must consent to access to their private property where necessitated to carry out work necessary to maintain common areas.
Should the community vote to install common telecommunication equipment they may not insist that those owners who voted against should pay a proportional part of the cost. However, should those who voted against the installation decide at a later date that they wish to benefit from it then they may do so by paying the requisite amount with legal interest added.