Disrepair and common property
This section looks at provisions that have been introduced to simplify the process of carrying out repairs to property within blocks of flats. The provisions clarify the boundaries of ownership within buildings and allocate responsibility for repairs to property that is owned or used by more than two people. They also introduce a scheme of majority voting that can be employed to make decisions relating to repair and maintenance of the building.
In order to be subject to the provisions the building must meet certain criteria.
Each flat-owner generally has responsibility for the repair and maintenance of the parts of the building that s/he owns.
This section looks at the responsibilities of flat-owners to the support and shelter of the building as a whole.
The tenement management scheme sets out procedures to be followed when flat-owners are making decisions relating to scheme property.
The term 'scheme property' describes those areas of a building that are so fundamental to the building as a whole that they should be maintained in common by all the owners.
This section looks at how the cost of repairs is divided under the tenant management scheme.
If a building's title deeds make no provision for its abandonment and demolition then the procedure laid down by the legislation should be followed.
The development management scheme (DMS) is designed to reduce disputes over maintenance, repairs and other issues affecting new developments where several residential or commercial owners share common property. In order for the rules of the scheme to apply, the owners or co-owners of the land on which the development is built must register the scheme in the Land Register.
Last updated: 29 December 2014