The world of co-ownership is a complex ecosystem of rights and obligations, requiring the expertise of a lawyer in real estate law to navigate through the twists and turns of the regulations in force. In co-ownership law, the trustee and the co-owners' association play key roles, but it is essential to remember that the co-owners themselves also have obligations which deserve in-depth clarification.

Financial obligations

Condominium fees

The co-owners have an obligation to contribute to the costs of the co-ownership in accordance with the percentages or thousandths allocated to them. These charges cover expenses relating to the maintenance, repair and improvement of common areas.

Unpaid debts and collection

Non-payment of charges may result in recovery measures which may go as far as seizure of the co-ownership lot. It is therefore strongly recommended to consult a real estate lawyer in the event of a co-ownership dispute concerning unpaid debts.

Obligations relating to co-ownership regulations

The co-ownership regulations are a contractual document which is binding on all co-owners. It often contains clauses relating to the use of private and common areas. Any breach of these clauses may result in sanctions.

Role of the trustee and the union of co-owners

The trustee is responsible for the administration of the common areas and compliance with the internal regulations. For its part, the main role of the co-owners' association is to ensure the collective interests of the co-ownership.

Disputes and general assembly

Co-owners have the right to contest certain decisions taken at a general meeting. To do this, a real estate lawyer specializing in co-ownership litigation can be of great help. Challenges must be brought before the high court within two months following notification of the contested decisions.

Disputes relating to co-ownership charges

A frequently contentious subject is the calculation and distribution of co-ownership charges. Co-owners must often contribute to the common budget, which is used to finance collective expenses. Disputes arise when certain co-owners dispute the amount or legitimacy of these charges.


In short, being a co-owner is not only a right but also a set of complex obligations which require in-depth knowledge of co-ownership law. Whether it concerns co-ownership disputes, trustee disputes, or disputes relating to the general meeting, it is often necessary to appeal

Co-ownership law governs relations between the co-owners of a building and their obligations in terms of the management and maintenance of the building. It is a complex and delicate area that may require the assistance of a specialist lawyer.

A lawyer specialising in co-ownership law, such as Maître Zakine, can help with the recovery of co-ownership charges or when a loss occurs both within a dwelling and in the common areas.

Thus, Maître Zakine, lawyer in co-ownership law will be able to help you draft or interpret the co-ownership statutes, resolve disputes between co-owners, represent your co-ownership association in court and to advise you on all legal questions related to co-ownership.


Maître Cécile Zakine

About Cécile Zakine

Lawyer in Antibes, registered at the Bar of Grasse. Intervenes throughout France. Labour law, Litigation at work. Real estate litigation and co-ownership law. Construction problems (VEFA,..)Fast, motivated and committed response. Do not hesitate to contact the lawyer in Antibes: Maitre Zakine. or to make an appointment online for a consultation.
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