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Role and importance of homeowner associations in Georgia

Written by Nino Khukhua - Local Democracy Agency Georgia, Dinara Jalagonia- Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti”, and Natia Aphkhazava -  Civil Society Institute

The Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO e.V.) implements with international partners the project "The way forward for reforms in the housing sector: empowering grass-root homeowners associations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine " (Project HOME). The three-year project aims, through the establishment of 11 Technical Advisory Centres (TACs) to improve housing management and to promote energy efficiency refurbishment of residential buildings in the partner countries.

In the 1920s cooperatives for consolidation of builders’ resources were created to develop home construction and operate and maintain existing dwellings in Georgia. After the country became independent in 1991, mass privatization gave residents their homes to own and manage privately. As a result, owners became responsible for building maintenance. The Georgian Law on Homeowner Associations adopted in 2007 provides for common property management. Within the project HOME, Technical Advisory Centres (TACs) have been established in three most populous cities of Georgia: Batumi, Kutaisi and Tbilisi. They provide technical and legal assistance through regular trainings and individual consultations. Successful solution of issues discussed by homeowner associations (HOAs) is directly linked to involvement of the HOA’s chairperson and members.

Features of an HOA in Georgia:

Common Problems and Recommendations:

       

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