Friday, April 5, 2013

French Property News, April 2013

In this issue I have looked again at some of the points to watch when buying into a co-ownership property, such as a block of apartments.

Issues include owners' rights and obligations under the typical co-ownership rules, the quality and cost of managing the property by the owners' 'syndic', and the average costs involved when exceptional work is required and voted by the owners - outside painting, lift renewal, indoor decoration etc - exceptional costs that may be inherited by a new owner.

I also explain the workings of the owners annual meeting and the voting rights of each individual owner, each of whom owns a number of shares in the building according to the size of their apartment (the latter being owned outright, with the right to sell at any time).

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