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Real Estate Glossary

Maintenance Reserve

A key component of the budget is the maintenance reserve (also called maintenance provision or simply reserve) paid monthly by every owner. Pursuant to the German Condominium Act (WEG), saving up an adequate reserve is prerequisite for the proper management of a housing estate. The money earmarked for the reserve is taken out of the condominium fee that you pay as condo owner. The funds collected this way are primarily intended to cover major reinstatement measures involving the commonhold property, such as the replacement of the roof or of the heating system. Paying into the maintenance reserve in regular instalments distributes the financial burden of major investments across several years. There is no general benchmark regarding the exact amount you will have to set aside toward this reserve each month. Rather, the amount depends on the age, condition and fit-out of the house where your condominium is located.

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