Guess what, America? Other countries have same condo & HOA problems!

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

Some readers of IAC may be unaware that association-governed communities exist in other countries of the world. Most of them are condominium associations, but may be called by different names such as “strata” or “horizontal properties.”

Detached homes in association-governed neighborhoods are called “villas” in many parts of the world, and, because there’s usually no ownership of individual parcels of land, their communities are more equivalent to condominium associations than planned communities with homeowners’ associations.

The house hunter will find many association-governed, common interest communities in Canada, Australia, the U.K., South Africa, New Zealand, India, Central and South America, Middle Eastern countries such as U.A.E, and Asian countries such as Japan, China, and Malaysia.

Perhaps you’re curious about how condo and homeowners’ associations function in countries with very different national government structures and people with diverse political philosophies.

Are cultures that embrace communism or socialism more suited toward collective ownership and governance? Do people who live in countries governed by authoritarian leaders have HOA and condo boards that are democratic, or are they likely to accept dictators on their boards?

Are housing structures better constructed than here in the U.S., where there has been a severe shortage of skill trade labor for many years?

Is conflict present among neighbors and co-owners?

Are lawsuits just as common as in the U.S.?

Surprisingly, based upon articles published across our borders and around the globe, residents of association-governed housing tend to experience the very same challenges and problems we have right here in the U.S.

Below are several examples, to illustrate that fact.


Cladding risk for 12,000 Qld buildings

More than 12,000 Queensland buildings carry the type of flammable cladding blamed for London’s Grenfell Tower fire, a taskforce has found.

Australian Associated Press MAY 17, 2018 10:43AM

Flammable cladding blamed for London’s Grenfell Tower fire may have been used on as many as 12,000 buildings in Queensland, a taskforce has found.

A year-long inquiry by the taskforce into 28,000 buildings constructed or renovated since 1994 has found 880 require further investigation and at least 70 need rectification work.

The taskforce was set up by the state government after the 2017 Grenfell disaster, which killed 71 people including two Australians, to assess how many buildings carry the aluminium composite panels (ACP).

It is preparing to assess an additional 12,000 privately-owned buildings, including about 1200 residences.

A lack of central data collection and inconsistency of documentation detailing approvals has hindered the work of the taskforce, it said.

“The complexities and challenges that this brings to the identification process means there is a risk that not all affected buildings might be identified or identifiable,” the taskforce’s report says.

“Private owners and local governments are encouraged to make their own enquiries about the buildings that they control.”

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