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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on the Common Elements

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations on the Common Elements

Electric vehicles are now commonplace in our society and with the price of gas skyrocketing, more people will consider purchasing them. Condominium association directors should, therefore, expect owners to ask questions about electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) on the common elements. Specifically, is the board able to install an EVCS on the common elements as a common expense? Are unit owners able to install their own EVCS anywhere upon the common elements?

The Condominium Act, Section 718.113 (9) of the Florida Statutes, provides that the board may install an EVCS on the common elements and such installation is not a material alteration. This means that the board may decide to install an EVCS on the common elements and may do so without a unit owner vote. Further, the cost to install the EVCS is shared by all the unit owners as a common expense and the board may charge each owner or resident who uses the EVCS.