The proposed legislative changes, tabled in the parliament yesterday, seek to modify and enhance the existing framework for the management of Jointly-Owned buildings.
Although a comprehensive discussion and eventual voting in the parliament are expected before the final text is adopted, an initial examination is promising. These amendments include measures that have been suggested over several years, both by myself and other stakeholders in the market.
It is not yet the time for a detailed analysis of the draft bills, as they are not finalized. However, it’s essential to consider their scope of influence.
One notable addition is the establishment of a Registration and Supervision Service for Jointly-Owned Buildings. This marks the initial step towards abolishing the chaotic system that has persisted until now, characterized by property owners paying common expenses whenever they choose, ineffective management committees, and unmaintained and uninsured buildings – issues that are all too familiar in our surroundings.
One of the primary tasks of this service will be to create a registry of Jointly-Owned Buildings. Currently, there is no comprehensive record of such buildings and their operational status. Some information exists within government departments, but it lacks proper oversight.
Simultaneously, this registry will include a list of management committees, detailing their members and internal operational rules. The Service, empowered by law, will have the authority to impose administrative fines on both management committees and property owners for violations. A significant provision is the Service’s ability to approach the court unilaterally to request an order for the removal of illegal alterations or irregularities within a building. This effectively addresses issues like unauthorized balcony enclosures, construction without permits, or alterations without the proper legal basis.