Security regulations in the communities of neighbours

The safety regulations for common areas and workers of neighboring communities in Spain are a set of measures that aim to guarantee the protection of people, property and the environment against possible risks derived from coexistence, use and the maintenance of community facilities and services.

Some of these regulations are mandatory, while others are recommendations or good practices that can contribute to improving the quality of life and coexistence in the community.

Most important safety regulations for neighborhood communities

Horizontal Property Law

It is the one that regulates the rights and obligations of the owners, the governing bodies and the administration of the communities of owners, as well as the operating rules and sanctions for non-compliance.

  • Article 7 of the LPH establishes the obligations of the owners in relation to the maintenance of common elements and their facilities.
  • Article 10 of the LPH regulates community agreements and decision-making procedures in the community of neighbors.
  • Article 16 of the LPH addresses the majorities necessary for the adoption of agreements and the limitations on the modification of common elements.

Technical building Code

It is the one that establishes the basic requirements of safety, habitability and accessibility that buildings must meet, both in their design and in their construction, conservation and rehabilitation.

The CTE does not list specific articles for neighborhood communities, but establishes detailed technical requirements related to structural safety, fire safety and accessibility, which residential buildings must meet.

Low Voltage Electrotechnical Regulation

This regulation regulates the technical conditions and guarantees that low voltage electrical installations must meet, as well as the requirements of the professionals who carry out and maintain them.

  • Article 9 of Low Voltage Electrotechnical Regulation establishes the technical conditions that common electrical installations in buildings must meet.
  • Article 10 of the same regulation regulates periodic inspections of electrical installations in residential buildings.

The Regulation of Thermal Installations in Buildings,

It regulates the technical and administrative conditions that must be met by facilities designed to meet the demand for thermal well-being and hygiene through air conditioning (heating, cooling and ventilation) and the production of domestic hot water.

  • Article 11 of the Regulation on Thermal Installations in Buildings establishes the requirements for the installation and maintenance of air conditioning systems in residential buildings.
  • Article 14 regulates inspections and maintenance of thermal installations.

General Fire Protection Regulations

It is the regulation that establishes the preventive and operational measures that must be adopted to avoid or minimize the effects of a fire in buildings, as well as the means and equipment necessary for its detection, extinction and evacuation.

It is really important to implement all the specific requirements for fire protection in buildings. Technical recommendations regarding the installation of detection and extinction systems, as well as safe evacuation measures specific to each building type and location, must be kept in all communities.

Law of prevention of labor risks

This law aims to promote the safety and health of workers through the application of measures and the development of activities necessary for the prevention of risks derived from work.

  • The Law establishes in its article 14 the obligation to carry out an evaluation of occupational risks in the work environment, which includes neighboring communities.
  • Article 19 of the Law establishes the obligations of employers (in this case, neighborhood communities) regarding the prevention of occupational risks.

Implications for communities of owners

These regulations imply a series of obligations for the owners, administrators and workers of a neighborhood community, such as:

  • Carry out periodic inspections and technical reviews of common facilities, as well as repair or replace defective or damaged elements.
  • Take out insurance that covers material or personal damage that may be caused by the use or malfunction of common facilities. On this point, we have an article on our blog that talks about the benefits of having good insurance within neighborhood communities.
  • Comply with the rules of use and maintenance established for each facility or community service, as well as respect the rules of coexistence and civility.
  • Inform the community of any anomaly, breakdown or incident that affects common facilities or services, as well as collaborate in its solution.
  • Follow the instructions and recommendations of the personnel in charge of maintaining or managing the facilities or common services.
  • Use the appropriate personal protective equipment for each task or activity carried out in common areas or inside homes.
  • Participate in training and information actions organized on safety and prevention in the community.

Compliance with these regulations is essential to guarantee the safety and well-being of both the residents and workers of a neighborhood community. For this reason, at Meridional we recommend consulting with a qualified professional if you have any doubts or queries about its application or interpretation.

Benefits of complying with safety regulations in neighborhood communities

safety regulations for neighbouring communities

Complying with the aforementioned rules and regulations offers a series of significant benefits for both neighborhood communities and individual homeowners:

Safety and Wellbeing: Compliance with these regulations ensures a safe and healthy environment in the building. This reduces the risks of accidents, fires, structural problems and other incidents that could endanger residents and their property.

Property Maintenance: Compliance with regulations contributes to the proper maintenance of the property and its common facilities. This prolongs the life of the structural elements and avoids costly repair or renovation costs in the future.

Peaceful coexistence: By following rules and regulations, a clear framework is established for decision-making and conflict resolution in the community. This encourages harmony and peaceful coexistence between neighbors, reducing tensions and disputes.

Property Value: Compliance with regulations can increase property values in the community, as a safe, well-maintained building is more attractive to potential buyers.

Cost savings: The initial investment in compliance with these regulations can result in long-term savings by preventing problems and costly repairs.

The role of the administrator in compliance with safety regulations in neighborhood communities

Management and Supervision

The property manager is responsible for the daily management and supervision of the community of neighbors. This includes ensuring that relevant rules and regulations regarding safety, maintenance and operation of common facilities are met.

Legal advice

The property manager provides legal advice to the community and property owners regarding legal obligations and responsibilities. Helps in interpreting regulations and making decisions that ensure regulatory compliance.

Service Coordination

It is responsible for coordinating maintenance, security, cleaning and other services necessary for the functioning of the community. Ensures competent professionals who meet legal requirements are hired.

Calls and Minutes

The administrator convenes and records community meetings, where measures related to regulatory compliance are discussed and approved. In addition, it maintains a record of the minutes and resolutions taken.

In summary, compliance with regulations and the role of the property manager are essential to guarantee safety, well-being and harmonious coexistence in neighboring communities in Spain, in addition to preserving the value of properties and reducing risks and costs to long term.

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