EPC for the communal parts of an apartment building

Currently, the EPC (or Energy Performance certificate) is mandatory at the sale or rent of an apartment or house. From 2022 on, an EPC for the communal parts of apartment buildings situated in Flanders must be provided. It will be possible to obtain such a certificate from 2020 on.

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Mandatory charging point for apartment buildings

The rise of electric cars should be supported... Europe has been working on new building regulations in order to stimulate sales. As a result, the installation of charging points for electric cars or the cabling for these will be a mandatory requirement for new or renovated buildings with more than ten parking spaces.

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Renting out your apartment via Airbnb: allowed or prohibited?

The sharing economy is booming and extends to cars, bicycles, domestic appliances and even apartments. Airbnb and other rental platforms for private accommodation are more popular than ever. The platform is well-known, particularly in big cities like Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp but also on the coast.

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Peeters Act: better protection for the developer?

A new act has been in force since 1 July 2018. One which makes it obligatory for not only architects but also contractors and other service providers within the construction sector (engineers and consultancy firms) to take out insurance in order to cover their ten-year period of liability.

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Partial associations within an ACO, economies of scale or more autonomy?

Since the law of 2 June 2010 was passed, it has been possible to split a large complex with at least 20 apartments into various partial associations, each with its own autonomous decision-making powers. The benefit of this type of arrangement is that each partial association can choose its own preferred supplier for its common parts and does not have to negotiate with all the co-owners of the complex. This can benefit the efficiency of the decision-making process and it will also have a major impact on the operational activities.

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