Real Estate Terms Dictionary

Lien of Common Charges

Definition of 'Lien of Common Charges'

A lien of common charges is a form of security interest placed against a condominium or coop unit when the owner fails to pay common monthly charges for several months in a row.

What does Lien of Common Charges mean:

When the owner of a condominium or coop unit falls behind with the monthly fees (or common charges), one of the first steps that the board or association takes is to record a lien against the property. This gives the board the right over the property if the owner continues not to pay for an established period of time.

Once a lien is filed, the property is officially in pre-foreclosure. The period of time that can pass before a lien of common charges is recorded varies according to the board or association.


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Lien of common charges - example



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The glossary is intended to provide real estate professionals and home buyers with a basic understanding of various specialized terms related to legal rights over a property. All terms appear in public records such as ACRIS. We do not take responsibility for the legal accuracy of the definitions provided and ask that use of these explanations in a legal setting be made only after checking with a lawyer or another specialist in the field.