Innovation works: improvements that value and protect

There are different types of works that can be carried out in a condominium, but when we talk about innovative works, these stand out as interventions that go beyond simple maintenance. With the aim of introducing significant improvements, modifying common areas to innovate the living space, innovation works are optional, aimed at improving common areas in favor of the collective interest. They therefore provide an added benefit, such as comfort, safety or better functionality of the building.

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What are innovation works?

Among all the possible works that can be carried out in a condominium, innovation works stand out because they are interventions that go beyond simple maintenance. As the name suggests, these aim to innovate the common spaces of the condominium, thus modifying the living space. Innovation works are optional, aimed at improving common parts in favor of the collective interest. This means that when carried out, condominium owners will enjoy greater comfort, safety and/or functionality of the building.

Among others, the following are considered works of innovation:

  • Installation of a new elevator,
  • Installation of solar panels,
  • Installation of access ramps and lifting platforms for people with reduced mobility,
  • Installation of sockets for electric cars;
  • Installation of a central air conditioning system,
  • Transformation of garages into stores.
  • Raising a roof;
  • Facade paint in a different color;
  • Installation of access ramps;
  • Installation of a chimney that passes through common areas;

How does approval and financing work?

To guarantee the collective interest of the condominium, it is necessary to obtain the approval of a majority of two thirds of the total value of the building at a meeting of condominium owners. Once the innovation work is approved, the next step is financing. The costs are generally divided between condominium owners in proportion to the value of their fractions. Additionally, an extraordinary fee may be established to finance these improvements.

It is important to highlight that, unlike conservation works, the Common Reserve Fund is not always used for innovation works. The possibility of using this fund may vary according to legislation or condominium statutes. In cases of innovative works, it is common to resort to a specific extraordinary rate for financing, which is paid according to the value of the permilages of the fractions of each condominium owner.

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How does approval and financing work?

To guarantee the collective interest of the condominium, it is necessary to obtain the approval of a majority of two thirds of the total value of the building at a meeting of condominium owners. Once the innovation work is approved, the next step is financing. The costs are generally divided between condominium owners in proportion to the value of their fractions. Additionally, an extraordinary fee may be established to finance these improvements.

It is important to highlight that, unlike conservation works, the Common Reserve Fund is not always used for innovation works. The possibility of using this fund may vary according to legislation or condominium statutes. In cases of innovative works, it is common to resort to a specific extraordinary rate for financing, which is paid according to the value of the permilages of the fractions of each condominium owner.

If there is disagreement between co-owners

Qualquer condómino tem o direito a recusar-se a contribuir financeiramente para obras de inovação, caso as considere não essenciais. Porém, ao tomar essa posição, o condómino perde o acesso a essas melhorias. É ainda importante relembrar que as obras de inovação devem ser aprovadas pela maioria e as áreas próprias e comuns não podem ser prejudicadas com a sua realização.

Any condominium owner has the right to refuse to contribute financially to innovative works if they consider them non-essential. However, by taking this position, the condominium owner loses access to these improvements. It is also important to remember that innovation works must be approved by the majority and the proper and common areas cannot be harmed by their implementation.

Conclusion

It follows that innovation works are a way to improve and enhance a building, providing tangible benefits for all condominium owners. However, the importance of following appropriate approval and financing procedures is highlighted, to ensure that the decisions made are fair and aim at the collective interest. In addition to increasing the value of buildings, they become more comfortable, more attractive, sustainable and safer for all their residents.

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