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Research and educational journal
Published quarterly since 2007
ISSN 1999-5431
E-ISSN 2409-5095

Marti Luyanen

Legal challenges in ensuring regularmaintenance and repairs of owner-occupied apartment blocks

2011. No. 1. P. 53–80 [issue contents]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to compare different apartment ownership systems and analyze how to enhance the regular maintenance and repair of owner-occupied apartment buildings. The dwellings themselves are often in fairly good condition, but the common parts (e.g. walls, roofs, stairwells, and technical installations) are often poorly maintained.

Design/methodology/approach – Apartment ownership systemsin tenEuropean countries (Austria, England, Finland, France, Germany, The etherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) are analyzed, along with Canada, China, Russia, and the USA, and some of the main findings from each country are presented. Thematerial studied is primary legal sources together with the relevant literature.

Findings  – It seems that there are severe obstacles in the legislation of many countries. Some of these obstacles are: the non-existence of a proper decision-making body (e.g. homeowners’ association); the wide use of a qualified majority, or even the use of consensus, which makes it difficult to reach decisions; serious difficulties in getting loan financing for major repairs because of a lack of collateral and means to enforce the collection of payments; a lack of transparency and insufficient auditing procedures. Overall, it can be concluded that there are great variations between different countries. At the same time, many legal solutions are similar across certain groups of countries.

Social implications  – Weaknesses in the legislation is one of the main reasons for the continuous deterioration of an important part of the housing tock in many countries. If this deterioration continues, the quality of life of millions of occupants will gradually worsen.

 Originality/value – The paper provides a theoretical well-based analysis, combined with concrete suggestions.

Citation: Luyanen M. (2011) Zakonodatel'nye problemy obespecheniya nadlezhashchego soderzhaniya i remonta mnogokvartirnykh domov s chastnoy sobstvennost'yu na kvartiry (Khel'sinki, Finlyandiya) (perevod s angl. T. Yadykinoy) [Legal challenges in ensuring regularmaintenance and repairs of owner-occupied apartment blocks]. Public Administration Issues, no 1, pp. 53-80 (in Russian)
ISSN 1999-5431
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