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A townhouse is an attached dwelling that is not a condominium, however condominiums are also described as townhouses. A townhouse doesn't necessarily share ownership of common areas in the same way as condominium owners. This form of ownership provides the owner with a "fee simple" ownership of real property. The owner is responsible for payment of all real estate taxes, maintenance and repairs of the property. The sale of the property may be conveyed to any party without prior approval by anyone other than the homeowner. It may also be defined as a building devoted to the public uses of a town.
Definitions and requirements vary by locality, so local laws should be consulted for applicability in your area. The following is an example of a city definition of a townhouse: