A new Jointly-Owned Buildings law, which aims to resolve chronic problems of management committees and various other practical problems with the current law, has been approved by the Council of Ministers according to reports in the Greek language media.
Once the precise legal wording of the new law has been prepared it will be placed before a parliamentary plenum for debate and amendment. If all goes well, the bill will be in place by the end of this year.
(It’s anticipated that details of the bill will be published in an announcement by the Ministry of the Interior.)
In a written statement, government representative Konstantinos Letymbiotis, said that:
“The bill aims to resolve the weaknesses and some gaps found in the implementation of the current legislation, including the need to define the rights and obligations of the main units to regulate various issues, but also the weaknesses in the existing management practices of such buildings as and the need to ensure a more effective implementation of management considering that unit owners escape their obligations and many properties are not adequately maintained, resulting in risks for their safety and the safety of third parties.”
Although the contents of the bill have yet to be published, we understand that every jointly-owned building that has been issued with a building and division permit will be required to have a management committee. This will be the case regardless of whether the building has been issued with a certificate of approval, or registered with the land registry, or Title Deeds for the individual units have been issued.
- Changes will be introduced to alleviate the problem of owners who refuse to pay their communal fees.
- The management committee will be obliged to maintain the jointly-owned building (an important health and safety issue.)
- Management committees will be able to incur expenses for the maintenance and operation of the common areas of the jointly owned building, which the offending owner has not paid.
- The introduction of administrative fines and other legal measures against offenders and powers for management committees enabling them to sue and to be sued.
- The establishment of a regulatory authority responsible for overseeing compliance with the new law. The new authority will be responsible for registering jointly-owned buildings, the registration of management committees with the Service and maintaining a register of the buildings and their management committees.
- The role of the Department of Lands and Surveys will be limited to issues relating to the occupation and registration of jointly-owned buildings.
It’s anticipated that the new law will alleviate many of problems faced by some 30,000 jointly-owned buildings, which it total comprise in the region of 200,000 individual units.
Source: Cyprus Property News (04/08/2023 – By Nigel Howarth)