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Housing: the co-ownership GA can take place by videoconference

An ordinance presented today in the Council of Ministers will authorize the holding of general meetings of joint owners at a distance, in particular by videoconference, between 1er June and January 31, 2021.

All condominiums will be able to organize their general meetings remotely, in particular by videoconference, until the beginning of 2021, the government announced, in order to respond to health restrictions intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“I am going to present to the Council of Ministers a piece of legislative text which will make it possible to make the GA of co-owners, but of dematerialized matter: by videoconference, by telephone”, declared on Sud Radio the Minister of Housing, Julien Denormandie.

General meetings are essential for the proper functioning of a condominium, because this is where the owners decide the costs to be incurred, in particular the work. They also vote to renew or not the mandate of the trustee, the generally professional body which manages the co-ownership on their behalf.

Trustees’ terms already extended

The government had already acceded to a request from the syndics by extending for several months the mandates which were to expire during the crisis, the assemblies being unable to be held when strict confinement was imposed on the French.

But the sector wanted to go further by allowing GAs to keep their distance, in the idea that it will be impossible to organize enough while respecting health restrictions against the coronavirus. Public gatherings of more than ten people are thus excluded for the time being.

Remote participation is already a possibility if the co-ownership decides, but such a measure needs to be adopted itself at a previous general meeting. To avoid an inextricable situation, the government will therefore temporarily generalize this possibility.

“We will make it possible from the beginning of June,” said Mr. Denormandie. The ministry told AFP that the measure would run until January 31, 2021.

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