The Legislative Assembly (AL) finally passed a government-initiated bill regulating the management of the common areas of condominiums, slated to come into effect a year after its promulgation in the Official Gazette (BO), during a plenary session on Tuesday.
Accordinh to Macau Post Daily, the legislature rejected, however, a clause in the bill which proposed that the new owner of a condominium unit would have been required to pay up to two years of outstanding management fees the previous owner of the unit failed to pay.
The bill’s article-by-article debate and vote started in a plenary session on Monday, before the bill was passed last night.
The bill’s outline was passed during a plenum of the legislature in October 2015. The legislature’s 2nd Standing Committee held 37 meetings to review the bill. The bill is officially termed “Legal System of the Management of the Common Parts of Condominiums”.
The bill aims to improve the management of the communal areas of condominium buildings and help tackle property management disputes between property management committees and property management companies.
The new piece of legislation is a single law regulating condominium buildings’ communal area management – replacing dozens of articles listed in the Macau Civil Code about the matter.
The matters the new law regulates include condominium unit owners’ rights, their obligations and responsibilities, the formation and operation of property management committees, the formation of the assembly of condominium unit owners and its operation, the procedures for voting for management committee members, as well as condominium buildings’ reserve funds.
The new law states that each property management committee must have at least three members if the property contains more than 100 units.
The law also states that it will be up for review after being in force for three years.