Thursday, 19 January 2017

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Are postal votes allowed?

Q. Our Community sends out proxy forms with notation to tick boxes for or against the items on the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting. I have been informed that there is no law for the use of postal votes. To legalise Community rules, does it not need a unanimous…

Trees have damaged pipe

Q. Tree roots have damaged a sewer pipe under my bathroom. This seems to be a frequent occurrence. I read my insurance policy thoroughly and was frustrated to see that nowhere in its 48 pages does it mention this eventuality. So I telephoned them and asked if I was covered.…

A foreign car in Spain?

Q. I was interested in your recent article on using a non-Spanish registered vehicle in Spain. The Local Police stopped me in my UK plated car. I said I had been driving for two months in Spain, which was true. They told me that I was only allowed one month…

More on water damage

Q. I HAVE an underground parking space in our building, and I recently observed water dripping from the ceiling. The floor was already covered with water. I reported to the Administrator, who informed the Insurance of the Community. The next day, an expert came to observe the damage. At that…

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Q. I am not able to attend the coming Annual…

Choosing the president

Q. ONE of our owners has queried the article ‘Who shall be president’ in the EWN dated Sept 7, 2016. The owner emailed a copy of the ‘Horizontal Law.’ He questions your answer about electing a president by lot from full-time residents and not from all owners. Has the text…

Can UK take points off?

Q. I live in Spain, drive a Spanish-registered car, and have a Spanish driving licence. I also own a car in the UK on UK registration, which my sister uses and I drive it when I visit. My sister recently got a speeding ticket which came to her house in…

Who pays for water damage?

Q. I live on the ground floor of a six-storey building. This building has a history of water leaking from the main drainage pipe due to union failure from pipes fed into it. The Community in the past has informed me that this damage is not their responsibility. This means…

Who shall be president?

Q. OUR urbanisation has 100 properties, but only 12 of these properties are owned by full-time residents. Seven of these residents have already served as president. Our current president and vice president will stand down this year. At present there are no volunteers for these positions. We were informed at…

Can a ‘club’ be exempted?

Q. WE have 89 apartments in our Community. We have a club/bar in the grounds which is owned by 48 bonded members of the Community. This club has problems making money. The members want the Community to exempt the club from Community fees in exchange for giving non-members the right…

‘Paying’ the president

Q. I read with interest your last article on payment to presidents and an earlier piece concerning Social Security payments. We are a small Community and pay our president almost €3,000 each year. No receipts for materials, etc are submitted to the AGM. I have long believed this payment should…

‘Paying’ the Community president

Q. Following on from the question about the legality of ‘the president’s fees,’ we ask whether the president has to declare the fees and pay tax on them? Assuming there is no receipt to justify costs other than the time he has put in, how can the costs be justified…

Can they pay the president?

Q. Our Community voted many years ago to pay a small yearly stipend to the president for his expenses. We approve this each year at the AGM. Now a new member declares that this payment is illegal under Spanish law and he insists that the payments stop and all the…
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