Condominium ownership is common throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia. This chapter provides a brief history of condominium systems around the world before providing more detailed information about the condominium systems in place in the seven jurisdictions discussed in the book: the United States of America, Canada, Australia, England, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa. The benefit of an international approach is that it enables the identification of those issues that are universal in different cities around the world in contrast to those that are creatures of legislation, housing markets, social and cultural norms, or professional practices.
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