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South Africa: The difference between an HOA and Body Corporate explained

Auren Freitas Dos Santos, legal and compliance officer and property manager for Pam Golding Property Management Services explains: “An HOA and a Body Corporate are certainly not the same. A Body Corporate is a legal entity created in terms of

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Get ready for the new NSW Strata Defects Regime

The new Strata Defects Regime will have short- and long-term effects on developers, and they should be getting ready now.  New South Wales’ new Strata Defects Regime established under the Strata Schemes Management Act 2016 is about to commence on

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Bermuda: Maintenance fees can cover a range of services

Dear Buyer,  Maintenance fees are charged in most condominium and townhouse complexes, however they vary on what they actually cover.  You should know exactly what you are paying for as each complex can vary from very minimal ie $50 twice

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Overview of Strata Structures in Dubai

Common areas in certain real estate projects in Dubai belong jointly to the owners of units in the project. The management of such common areas is governed by the provisions of Law No. 27 of 2007 and a set of

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Fixing a Leaking Roof

This article discussing fixing a leaking roof has been supplied by Paul Evans, President – Australian Institute of Waterproofing (AIW).  Costly and extensive damage to buildings are often the end result of a leaking roof and associated structural water ingress.

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Thailand: Condominium Disputes: Concerns for Joint Owners

Condominiums have long been one of the most popular properties for people living in Thailand’s big cities. The different units in a condominium are individually owned, while common properties, such as lobby areas or swimming pools, are jointly owned by

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South Africa: Homeowners’ associations: Pros and cons

As a homeowner in an estate or boomed-off area, a buyer may be required to join a Homeowners’ Association (HOA), which means adhering to numerous rules and regulations stipulated by the HOA.  Read the article……………

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Special Economic Zones – Quietly Advancing Freedom And Transforming Countries

Though not special economic zones in the modern sense, zones governed by special rules have existed almost as long as government itself.  The astonishing growth in SEZs over time qualifies as a revolution of sorts, but not the usual, political

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Japanese Condominium Bans Greetings Within the Condominium Property

It was recently reported that a Japanese condominium has implemented a rule that prohibits residents from greeting each other while on the condominium property. This rule was adopted out of concern for the safety of elementary school-age children living in

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Community Democracy in Cayman Islands’ Strata Corporations

On the facts, the judge declined to appoint an administrator, as she held that if the principle of community democracy was restored to the strata, the issues between the proprietors could be dealt with in accordance with the statutory scheme.

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Malaysia: Fostering neighbourly spirit among strata owners

many issues plaguing strata residents came from how the residents treated each other and their neighbourhoods.

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A Quick Guide to the New Abu Dhabi Strata Law

The Abu Dhabi law is new and untested so it remains to be seen how it will be implemented and the level of further guidance and direction that will be provided.

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Understanding Homeowners Association Reserve Accounts (India)

A significant cost, when buying a property that is part of a small common interest development, can often be the monthly or other periodic fees due to the homeowners association. A lot of homeowners mistakenly look on this money as

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South Africa: Liquidators vs Home Owners Associations: title deed conditions are binding on liquidators

In two recent cases decided in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), namely,Willow Waters Homeowners Association (Pty) Limited v KOKA NO and others [2015] JOL 32760 (SCA) and Cowin NO v Kyalami Estate Homeowners Association (499/2013) [2014] ZASCA 221, the

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Home ownership Rights (Philippines)

MANY people living in subdivisions and villages are not aware that a law had been passed mandating the rules and regulations that have to be observed in so far as their right to organize in these subdivisions and villages is

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Jamaica: Destroying A Strata Plan

Destruction is a word that connotes damage, so how then can this be a suitable remedy to rectify errors on a strata plan?  Individual ownership of strata apartments was facilitated by the passing of The Registration (Strata Titles) Act in

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Indonesia: Rights and obligation of owner and tenant in a condominium or strata title unit

Condominium is a multistory building for residential purpose, which every unit of it can be owned separately. As a residential building that can be owned separately, tenants of condominium have boundaries in making use of spaces and facilities inside of

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Indonesia: Rights and obligation of owner and tenant in a condominium or strata title unit

Condominium is a multistory building for residential purpose, which every unit of it can be owned separately. As a residential building that can be owned separately, tenants of condominium have boundaries in making use of spaces and facilities inside of

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Homeowners Associations: Can You Ban a Home Business?

All Home Owners Associations (“HOAs”) and their home owner members should be aware of a recent High Court judgment addressing the knotty problem of a HOA’s powers to bar an owner from running a home-based business.   Read more……..

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Why are reserve fund, status certificates important for condo owners? (Sri Lanka)

A reserve fund can only be used for replacement and non-routine repairs of common elements and assets of the condo: for instance, replacement of roof, windows, boiler, carpets and security system. Other examples are non-routine repairs to the chiller, swimming

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How to review Sri Lanka Condominium Act Public engagement absolutely necessary

Our Condominium Act was based on the condo operations of Singapore. Singapore obtained more information with regard to setting up condominiums from Australia. Since the introduction of condominiums in Singapore, they also have various problems that have to be attended

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The Single Most Important Event in the HOA Is…

I lived in a gated community for 26 years of my life. My parents and 2 siblings still live in the same subdivision in Las Piñas City. When my family visited the subdivision last week, I learned that they will

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Grab It Now – The New and Improved Primer on RA 9904

I hope that this new, improved and updated Primer on RA 9904 will serve as a useful guide and companion to all homeowners who are burdened by unfriendly neighbors, and/or Officers or Directors/Trustees who lord it over the affairs of

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The Rise of Homeowners’ Associations and Changing Neighborhood Governance in Urban China

Housing reform is one important part of China’s economic reform towards a market economy. Housing in China was once regarded as public welfare, and was provided to employees by public bodies, such as government agencies, state-owned enterprises and large collective-owned

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India: Condominium RWAs demand DTCP action against builders

RWAs of condominiums are upset with builders for not adhering to the Department of Town and Country Planning’s (DTCP) directive to hand over maintenance work to residents’ welfare associations in Gurgaon.  Read More……

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