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16 Important Condominium Terms English – Spanish used in Costa Rica

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16 Important Condominium Terms English - Spanish

If you’re an expat, you might not be very familiar with condominium terms used in Costa Rica. You’ll want to know them before you buy one.

Condominiums are becoming more and more popular for buyers, for various reasons.

Living in a condominium is not for everyone. You might think you’ll never buy a condo, but once you see the pros and cons, you might change your mind. Nonetheless, will you be an absent owner or plan to use the unit as a vacation condo? Then you might want to look into the condo options first.

Often, expats think real estate is the same in Costa Rica as it is in their country of origin. They also often think that because a real estate license is not mandatory, real estate brokers/agents don’t know what they’re doing.

Wrong on both counts.

Spanish Language

You probably know that the country’s formal language is Spanish. Many Ticos speak English, but the condo bylaws are always in Spanish. Only a few communities, those who market to a foreign crowd, might have an English version of the bylaws. Also, the condo administrator might not speak English.

Therefore, I’ve decided to write this blog about the 16 most important condominium terms in English translated into Spanish.

16 Important Condominium Terms English - Spanish

Condo Terms

1.     Condominium – Condominio

2.     Home Owner Association – Asociación de Condóminos

3.     HOA Fee – Cuota de Condominio / Cuota de Administración / Cuota de Mantenimiento

4.     Bylaws (C.C. & R’s) – Reglamento de Condominio

5.     Common area – Áreas Comunes

6.     Swimming Pool – Piscina

7.     Parking – Parqueo

8.     Tennis Court – Cancha de Tenis

9.     Security Guard – Guarda de Seguridad

10.   Guard house – Caseta de Seguridad

11.   HOA Meeting – Reunión de Condóminos

12.   Condo Management – Administrador del Condominio

13.   Reserve Fund – Fondo de Reserva

14.   Special Assesment – Cuota Extraordinaria

15.   Townhouse – Casa en Condominio

16.   Condo (Apartment) – Condominio (Apartamento)

16 Important Condominium Terms English - Spanish


I’m sure these 16 Condominium terms allow you to have simple communications with your neighbors or to ask the administration about most issues.

To be able to assist in an HOA meeting and participate in the discussions, you’ll need to be pretty fluent in Spanish. You are allowed to bring a translator to the HOA meetings. In conclusion, it is important you understand that you’re a guest in this country. But you do have your rights and obligations if you plan to purchase a condominium.

Planning to purchase a beach condo or a condo in the city? Now that you’re familiar with the condo terms, contact us now. Above all, please refer to the area you’re interested in. We’ll make sure an agent will contact you.

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Ivo Henfling

Your West-side of San Jose real estate agent, covering Escazu and Santa Ana, Rohrmoser and Ciudad Colon. If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the Central Valley or looking for any property for sale in Escazu or Santa Ana, you need to contact Costa Rica real estate agent Ivo Henfling. Ivo has been selling Costa Rica real estate on the westside of San Jose, in the locations of Rohrmoser, Sabana, Escazu, Santa Ana and Ciudad Colon for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and those other areas. For Ivo, a deal is not a good one unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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