City buildings in Cyprus are in such a bad state that one is better off not looking at them.
Many buildings have never been maintained, this resulting in an unacceptable state of affairs both in the sector of security as well as aesthetics, in almost all town areas.
The result is that both people residing in these buildings as well as neighbours have to put up with this chaos.
What must be taken into account is that the value of these buildings as well as newer ones in the vicinity diminishes to an alarming level. Consequently when properties go on the market they never secure a good selling price.
A ray of hope emerged following cases of fallout from old balconies but soon after that it was all forgotten.
One of the stumbling blocks in restoring these buildings remains the fact that based on current legislation many agencies are involved, the Lands & Surveys Dept., municipalities, to name but a few.
Experience also tells us that a lot of owners are not willing to pay for these repairs.
House owners know that a minor maintenance is required every about 3 years, only to be followed by a major one every decade. Major repairs might account for about 10% or more of the cost of the house.
Many flat owners fail to understand that buildings need maintenance and no-one will pay for them.
The Cyprus Association of Property Owners has set the maintenance of these buildings as a priority.
It might be a good idea to set up a system along the lines of the motor vehicle MOT inspections, whereby every 3 years a building’s Main Administrative Committee employs a licensed engineer to inspect and report problems, based on set guidelines.
If the inspector’s repair list is not followed and repairs are not carried out within 6 months then the new agency to be set up would have the right to step in, make the repairs and charge the owners.
Completion of necessary repairs would be followed by a relevant certificate and be posted on the building’s notice board. This would be required to be presented during the sale or rent of any flat.
The relevant law (on commonly held buildings), requires several changes to become efficient, including:
It is really high time that state and municipal officials take measures that will paint a better and safer picture of our cities and their buildings.
Written by: George Mouskides
General Manager, FOX Smart Estate Agency
Chairman, Cyprus Association of Property Owners (ΚΣΙΑ)
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