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German term or phrase:Teilungserklärung
English translation:declaration of division
Entered by: Steffen Walter
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05:30 Jun 6, 2001
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German term or phrase: Teilungserklärung
In a contract relating to the administration of a building
Michael Gould
declaration of division
To be honest, I'm not sure. But this is what Romain, Dictionary of Legal and Commercial terms, suggests.
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nadeclaration of divisionamona
nacondominium declarationUlrike Lieder
nadeclaration of division of property/ ownershipberelin
nadefinition of division
nadeclaration of division



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declaration of division

To be honest, I'm not sure. But this is what Romain, Dictionary of Legal and Commercial terms, suggests.

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Beate Boudro
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definition of division

Cf. Muret-Sanders; see if it fits.

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declaration of division of property/ ownership

Sorry, I can't think of any neater way of expressing this.

A Teilungserklärung is a way of reorganising property interests (was introduced after WWII). The owners of an entire building declare the division of their ownership interest into smaller parcels (usually into separate flats) which are then sold. The Teilungserklärung *and* the contract of sale of the specific parcel (which inlcludes joint ownership of common facilities e.g. roof, grounds etc.) are necessary for conveyance and registration of change of ownership in the Land Register

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condominium declaration

A Teilungserklärung governs Eigentumswohnungen in multi-unit apartment houses, and the closest equivalent, at least in US English, would be condominium declaration.

Here are some pertinent references:
Basierend auf dem Wohnungseigentumsgesetz regelt die Teilungserklärung das Verhältnis einzelner Wohnungseigentümer in einem Haus untereinander. Sie ist ein sehr wichtiges Dokument und muß stets notariell beurkundet sein.

Die TE wird vom Besitzer eines Mehrfamilienhauses bzw. vom Bauträger abgegeben. Sehr häufig handelt es sich dabei um einen Bauträger, der beabsichtigt, die einzelnen Wohnungen als Eigentumswohnungen zu verkaufen.

Die TE legt fest, wie das Gebäude aufgeteilt ist, insbesondere

- was zum Gemeinschaftseigentum und was zum Sondereigentum,
sprich zu den einzelnen Wohnungen gehört (z.B. welcher Keller oder Stellplatz gehört zu welcher Wohnung). Diese Aufteilung wird im sog. Teilungsplan zusätzlich bildlich dargestellt.

- der zum Gemeinschaftseigentum gehörenden Miteigentumsanteile
der einzelnen Wohnungen

- ggf. Sondernutzungsrechte für einzelne Wohnungen (z.B. Garten-
anteile der gemeinschaftlichen Grünfläche)

- Regelungen des Gebrauchs (z.B. " nur für Wohnzwecke")

- Verteilung von Kosten von Instandhaltungsmaßnahmen am Gemeinschaftseigentum (i.d.R. nach Miteigentumsanteilen)

- Stimmrechte einzelner Eigentümer in der Eigentümerversammlung
(z.B. nach Miteigentumsanteilen oder nach Anzahl der Wohnungen)

- ist evtl. eine Baubeschreibung in der TE enthalten, die interessante Informationen zur Bauqualität für den Käufer einer gebrauchten Immobilie liefern kann.

The Declaration
The Declaration sets out a significant number of rights, privileges and restrictions that affect the lifestyle of your unit. It will talk about ...
· Common Expenses (payment of them, setting up a reserve fund (more about this later),
· Common Elements (using them, restrictions on use and access, modifications and alterations to them, handling pets in common areas),
· Units (commercial and residential, who, what and how they can be occupied, changes that can and can not be made, how parking works, how storage units work, and all the rights, privileges and restrictions that go along)
· Maintenance and Repairs (who is responsible, i.e. you or the condo management, responsibility for damages)
· Indemnification ( in other words if you mess up, you have to protect the condominium corporation)
· Insurance (who has to insure what (more about this in later articles) and
· General and Administrative Matters (don't miss these - all kinds of little things like keys, rights of entry, etc.)
The Declaration is really, really, really important to read. It's too late to say later I didn't see that. Remember if you don't understand make your lawyer explain things to you.

When you purchase a unit in a condominium, you become the absolute owner of your unit. You also become a joint-co-owner, with the owners of all the other units in the condominium development, of a share of the land on which the building is located and all areas of the building outside the individual units. All of these areas, which are defined in the Condominium Declaration and are identified on a survey attached to the Declaration, are known as "common elements."

You and all other unit owners share the right to use the common elements subject to reasonable regulations as well as responsibility for their maintenance. As a condominium owner, you are a member of a condominium association comprised of all unit owners. The association has jurisdiction over all the common elements. Your rights, obligations and responsibilities are defined in the Condominium Declaration and in by-laws for your condominium development. Sometimes the Condominium Association hires a professional management company or manager to take care of the day-to-day operations of the condominium, while other condominiums are self-managed.

As the purchaser of a condominium unit, you will be responsible for obtaining and making payments on a mortgage loan for your unit. You will also be responsible for your own utility bills, real estate taxes on your unit and a monthly maintenance assessment to the condominium association. The Condominium Association will probably obtain fire insurance on the building but you should purchase insurance for the contents of your unit. You are also responsible for the maintenance, cleaning, decorating, repair and remodeling of the inside of your unit. The cost of maintenance, repair and replacement of the common elements, which are owned by you in common with your fellow condominium owners, are the responsibility of the condominium association and paid for from your monthly maintenance assessments.

When you decide to purchase a condominium unit, you and your attorney, if you authorize him or her, should carefully review the Condominium Declaration, by-laws and the rules and regulations adopted by the board of managers, since these documents govern what you can and cannot do with the unit. The rights, obligations and restrictions contained in the Condominium Declaration, by-laws, and rules and regulations should be carefully considered before you decide whether to purchase a condominium unit.

Before purchasing a condominium unit, you should also inquire as to the amount of the monthly maintenance assessment on your unit. You should find out whether the board of directors of the association plan major repairs to the common elements which might cost you a substantial sum or might cause an increase in your monthly assessments or the imposition of a special assessment. You should review the condominium association budget and the previous year's financial statements and check whether provision has been made for adequate reserves for the repair or replacement of roofs, boiler, exterior renovations (i.e. tuck-pointing, window repairs) and so forth. Remember, you will be responsible for your share of any cost or expenses arising from the operation of the property. For these reasons, it is very important that you consult with your attorney and other advisors before you sign a contract to buy a condominium unit. Your attorney should explain your rights and responsibilities as a member of the condominium association, and he or she should make sure that your purchase contract gives you adequate legal protection, including your rights to certain information as provided under the Illinois Condominium Property Act.

This term was the subject of a query in the not too distant past, but the keyword search came up empty. Maybe you'll have better luck?

Ulrike Lieder
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declaration of division

or: declaration of partition

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Changes made by editors
Apr 10, 2007 - Changes made by Steffen Walter:
Term askedTeilungserklaerung » Teilungserklärung
Field (specific)(none) » Real Estate

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