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Assessment of the problems related to the management of apartment complexes needed

18 May, 2005


Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan T.D. today raised the issue of legislative deficiencies in respect of the management of apartment complexes with the Minister of State responsible for Housing Noel Ahern.

Deputy Morgan asked the Minister if he accepted that inadequate legislation in respect of the management of apartment complexes in the private sector (including in the community and voluntary sector) is a serious matter, which must be addressed as a matter of urgency given the growing number of such developments particularly in the Dublin region.

Deputy Morgan said, "There is the same necessity to regulate the management of apartment complexes as there is for regulating the private rented sector.

"If apartment living is to become a viable option for the future, people need to be assured that the management companies of such complexes will be accountable and that they will be protected against extortionate management fees.

"Will the Minister and his Department commit to carrying out an assessment of the problems related to the management of apartment complexes? Will the Government commit to acting on any recommendations for the Law Reform Commission?

In reply to Deputy Morgan‚s question the Minister of State with responsibility for Housing Noel Ahern T.D. said that a Law Reform Commission Working Group was currently examining the law in relation to management of apartment complexes and other multi-unit developments and that the Law Reform Commission has suggested to the Company Law Review Group certain modifications in the application of general company law requirements to management companies for multi-unit developments

Following his questioning of the Minister, Deputy Morgan said, "There are serious problems in relation to the management of apartment complexes that need to be nipped in the bud. It is disappointing that the Minister in his reply would not commit to carrying out the neccessary assessment of the problems related to the management of apartment complexes." ENDS

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