Thursday, 27 April 2017

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Can he get it in Minutes?

Q. At the last AGM of our Community, in the discussion at the end of the meeting, I brought up an issue about a member of the Committee, who has hired a family member to work on the maintenance. I feel that this is incorrect. After some comments, the sense…

Can they renew residence?

Q. IN 2006 we went to Alicante and applied for the old style ID card ‘residencia.’ Of course they were only valid for five years and in 2011 we were unsure about staying in Spain so we let it lapse. Now we have decided to stay so we need to…

What exactly is a proxy vote?

Q. I am not able to attend the coming Annual General Meeting of my Community of Property Owners, but I am told that I can assign my vote to another person, who will cast my vote at the meeting. Do I need to specify how I want him to vote…

What can we do about feral cats?

Q. My Community in Majorca is 18 apartments in two adjoining blocks. An English woman who is a tenant, not an owner, has been feeding feral cats. At first it was about five and then it was a dozen. It was brought up at the 2015 AGM, and she said…

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Extra hire car insurance?

Q. I AM a Belgian resident and my car insurance allows anyone with a valid EU licence to drive my car. Why then, when I hire a car in Malaga, do we as a married couple, with the same address, have to pay more than five euros per day for…

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…

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…

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