One of the most important works at condominium level is the maintenance of condominium sewers but who has to pay the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance of the ditches and pits if you are renting ?
Here is some information for everyone who lives in a condominium that needs to drain the sewers.
Purging of condominium sewers: how does it work?
If you live in a condominium it will be good practice to carry out an annual inspection and possibly a purging of the wells as routine maintenance. A dirty drain can in fact cause bad odors, obstruction of the pipes and wells , and an interruption of the correct water flow.
In this case, the condominium administrator will contact a specialized sewerage company that will carry out an inspection and assess the need to unblock sewers, sumps, or even the pipes of the columns. It is in fact inside the drain columns that deposits of domestic waste (oils, toilet paper, sanitary napkins) are created, which could, if in excess, clog up the sewers and cause the leakage of liquids and sewage.
Sewer cleaning must be carried out in accordance with the law , using authorized products and in compliance with safety regulations for operators and condominiums.
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Who pays for purging condominium sewers?
The condominium sewers are part of those common assets which all the condominiums (water, electricity, elevator) use, whether they are owners, tenants or usufructuaries. The breakdown of the costs for purging the condominium sewers , therefore, will have to be divided among all the condominiums according to the thousandths (art. 1123 cc), unless otherwise specified in the usage tables (art. 1123 comma 2 cc). Those who do not benefit from common things and services are excluded from ordinary administration costs: in our case, the owners of goods such as garages and cellars that are not connected to the sewer system will not pay the cost of draining the sewers .
In case of rent, who will be in charge of draining the sewers: to the tenant or the owner?
Purging sewer tenant or owner: what the law says
To regulate the payment of purging of condominium sewers in case of rent is the art. 9 of law 392/78 . In particular, Section 8 specifies that the tenant will be responsible for the payment of the drainage of the condominium sewers between tenant or owner .These expenses, in fact, fall within the so-called ancillary charges (unless otherwise agreed at the time of signing the lease agreement) for the use of common goods and services. In essence, it is about those goods and services that are used daily by those who live in the apartment, and who are therefore responsible for their ordinary maintenance. These costs are not included in the rental costs, but will be paid if necessary, always based on the calculation of the thousandths.
Payment must be made within two months of the request. The tenants can however ask to see the specifics of the expenses with the relative breakdowns of the thousandths and the justifications of the expenses to carry out or carried out.
Even in the case of usufruct, the usufructuary will pay the self-purge and not the bare owner, since it is always an ordinary maintenance expense that concerns the use of the common assets of all the inhabitants of the building (art .1004 cc).