Condominium Law: Civilized Condominium Living


Fernando García Sais

Abogado, Doctor en Derecho y Notario Público 210

Juris Doctor, Ph.D. & Notary Public

Using the assets that are part of the common areas of property subject to the condominium regime, is an inherent right linked the quality of owner (condominium). However, as in all legal relationships and situations, there are considerations, exceptions, and regulations that shape, for collective benefit, that right.
The Condominium Property Regime Law defines what portions of the property are common property and thus include the “land, basements, porches, entrance doors, halls, galleries, corridors, stairs, patios, gardens, paths and interior streets and spaces that have been indicated in the construction permits as sufficient for parking of vehicles, provided they are of common use “; “The premises dedicated to the administration, accommodation of the doorman and those destined to the general facilities and common services; “The installations, appliances and other objects that serve common use or enjoyment, such as pits, wells, cisterns, water tanks, elevators, hoists, incinerators, stoves, ovens, pumps and motors”; “Sewers, channels, water distribution pipes, drainage, heating, electricity and gas; security and sports facilities, recreation, decoration, social gathering and the like, with the exception of those that serve exclusively each department, home, house or premises; “The foundations, structures, load-bearing walls and ceilings of general use; and “any other parts of the property, premises, works, appliances or installations that are resolved, unanimously by the condominium owners, to use or enjoy in common or that are established with that character in the articles of incorporation or in the Condominium Regulations.”
The public deed in which the condominium regime was born and the regulations were drawn up by the constituent thereof may contain regulations that are complementary to what the law provides. It does not hurt to review, in addition, the Civil Code and laws in urban matters. There you will find, for example, the prohibition to sell or lease portions of a department (rooms) or the imposition of a joint obligation of the owner with respect to the obligations contracted by whoever, for whatever reason, makes use of the privative unit (guests, tenants, tenants, etc.).
The administration of the condominiums rests with those who have validly designated the constituent or the condominium owners in the assembly. The decisions of the Administrator are obligatory for all. Therefore, it is important that condominium owners refrain from carrying out actions or taking decisions that prevent, hinder or render less efficient the activities of the administrator, otherwise they would be responsible for repairing the damage caused, without prejudice to the consequences that other subjects could be (for example, criminal).
The good and orderly coexistence is achieved if each owner of his private unit (be it a house, apartment or commercial place) makes use of said common goods in a civilized way; that is, respecting their natural destiny and their rules of use, and always, bearing in mind that the rest of the neighbors have equal rights. Carrying out undue actions and omissions that produce the same effects is contrary to the law. The order and tranquility is a consequence of the level of civism prevailing in the community.


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