There is no correlation that a gated community would always have a land lease. I should say though that not every community with a land lease necessarily has high monthly costs. In most cases in fact Pad fee's or HOA fee's vary based on the community etc. If you are staying within a certain budget I would recommend that you definitely share that criteria with your agent if you are represented so that your agent only shows you those communities where you won't have that issue. Good luck in your home search.