Most developments possess a legal document known as the “deed of conditions” which forms part of the title deeds to each property.

The deed of conditions will set out a number of obligations on each homeowner. These ‘rules’ are produced to ensure the on-going value and aesthetics of a development.

Typical prohibitions include:

  • no clotheslines or dryers
  • no satellite dishes
  • no variation of colour on window frames and private doors
  • no parking of trailers, boats
  • no children’s permanent play equipment (eg trampolines)

The deed of conditions will also describe the split of communal costs. At James Gibb residential factors, we are responsible for apportioning all common costs correctly between the proprietors.

Typical examples include:

  • entrance lighting costs split between all owners or per block
  • lift costs split between all block owners or those above ground floor level
  • garden costs normally equally split across the whole development
  • cleaning costs typically split amongst an individual close / block/ stair
  • garage costs normally split between those with garage access.

Every deed is different so it is important that the factor manages and apportions the development costs in compliance with the conditions set.

Other legal matters that James Gibb residential factors are happy to manage include boundary disputes, abandoned cars, overgrown neighbouring hedges etc.