The membership body of condominium and townhouse associations consists of the individual unit owners. Individual unit owners own their respective unit but also have duties to the overall maintenance and upkeep of the facilities and common areas, such as hallways, outside fixtures, parking areas, grounds, swimming pools and other recreational facilities, etc. To accomplish this goal, the unit owners either elect or hire association leadership.
The association is responsible for the maintenance of common areas, recreational facilities, outside property and grounds care, as well as the administrative operations. Administrative operations include setting and enforcement of rules for the association membership. The association is also responsible for the determination, collection and disbursement of the necessary assessments to its members for maintenance, upkeep and insurance.