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Condominium Act (WEG) – the Law Governing all Aspects of Freehold Ownership in Germany

The German Condominium Act (German acronym: WEG) constitutes the basis for all legal regulations involving individual freehold ownership. Among other things, it governs the principles of freehold ownership, the rights and duties of home owner associations (HOA), and the management of condominiums. Moreover, the German Condominium Act regulates court proceedings involving condominium owners' associations. While the original German Condominium Act dates back to 1951, it was re-enacted in 2007, revising a number of provisions. One of the results of the re-enactment is that home owner associations are now invested with partial legal capacity. This means that a home owner association represents an entity with rights and duties that may conclude contracts and, for instance, open bank accounts. Previously, the legal status of home owner associations had merely been that of a group of persons, and its rights and duties used to be limited to those held by its members. The German Condominium Act divides the right of ownership in its first article into homeownership, individual freehold ownership, part ownership, and commonhold ownership.

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