USE OF MASKS IN COMMUNITIES

The Spanish Real Decreto 286/2022 of 19 April eliminates the obligation to wear a mask in general, leaving a large part of the criteria to be followed to individual responsibility.

With this new regulation, everyone can go to any space for any type of activity without being obliged to wear a mask, with the only exceptions contained in the Decree (socio-sanitary spaces, public transport, etc.). This same criterion is applicable to the different spaces in each building, given that the common areas of homeowners’ associations are not one of the exceptions. Therefore, the use of face masks in the common areas of buildings is no longer compulsory.

However, care should always be taken to act as prudently as possible, bearing in mind that the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Therefore, the Consejo General de Colegios Administradores de Fincas recommends that it is advisable to continue wearing a mask in cases of continuous contact in which it is not possible to maintain the safety distance (1.5 m). It is also advisable for people who, due to illness or any other cause, are particularly vulnerable, to continue wearing the mask.

MANDATORY USE OF MASKS IN COMMUNITIES

Masks must be worn in all enclosed and open-air communal areas.

Examples of areas in which the use of masks is required in communities of owners:

  • Lifts and stairwells
  • Storage areas and meeting rooms
  • Garages and doorways
  • Gardens and passage areas

Measures included in Royal Decree Law 30/2021, of 23 December.

XXX Curso de Perfeccionamiento en el ‘Ejercicio de la Profesión. Francisco Liñán’

Judith Maga has attended this training course. Some of the topics were:

  • Practical analysis and problems with the minutes of owners’ meetings.
  • Prohibition of access to the use of common elements by owners in arrears.
  • Change of habits after the pandemic, a challenge and an opportunity for the Property Manager.

Advanced training courses are an important basis to offer customers a well-founded and especially legally up-to-date service!

Suspension of the obligation to convene general meetings until 31 December 2021

The Government has approved a Royal Decree-Law that takes into account the proposals made by the registered Property Administrators.

COLLEGIATE PROPERTY ADMINISTRATORS GET GOVERNMENT TO REGULATE OWNERS’ MEETINGS

  • The obligation to convene meetings of homeowners’ communities is suspended and charges and budgets are extended until 31 December.
  • The meetings of homeowners’ associations that need to be convened can be held telematically and agreements can even be reached without a meeting by means of written consultations.

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No Owners’ Meetings with more than 6 attendants

At least it is now clear how property owners’ meetings should be classified in relation to the Covid rules. On 15 March, the Andalusian Regional Government responded to a letter from the Association of Professional Chambers of Property Administrators for Andalusia, stating unequivocally that “the presence of groups of people in public spaces (both enclosed and open air), as well as in private spaces, is conditional on not exceeding the maximum number of six people”. Until now, the professional associations were of the opinion that owners’ meetings are included in the regulations for the holding of professional events, but in this respect it was clearly written that ” owners’ meetings cannot be included in the aforementioned article, whose high attendance rate would generate a very high rate of face-to-face contacts between non-cohabitants”.

For this reason, the Professional Chamber of Property Administrators for Malaga and Melilla recommends that property administrators do not hold any property owners’ meetings that exceed this limit.

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