Many homes (including an estimated one-quarter of all homes in California) consist of units in “common interest developments” (CIDs), a collection of residence types between being a property owner and being a tenant. They are also called housing communities and community associations.
CIDs are complicated. They have some features of apartment buildings, neighborhoods, and towns, and other features peculiar to CIDs.
Here are a couple of gentle introductions to CIDs in California, for current and prospective members: