Association Responsibility

The functions of the Owners Association are -

  • to supervise, manage and control the Common Areas and Assets for the collective benefit of Owners and in ways that promote positive environmental outcomes;
  • to ensure that the building or community, including the Common Areas, are maintained in good conditions;
  • to integrate waste management, energy and water efficiency policies into the Association's strategy regarding the Common Areas and Assets;
  • to properly repair, maintain, renew and replace the Common Areas and Assets;
  • to evenly and fairly enforce the Jointly Owned Property Declaration, including Community Rules, and any Building Management Statement in respect of the Jointly Owned Property;
  • to promote harmony and a sense of belonging among Owners and Occupiers of Units;
  • to obtain and maintain any license it requires by law;
  • to maintain records and produce statements and other documents as required by this Constitution or the Department;
  • to otherwise comply with all laws, decrees, regulations, by-laws, policies and directions by which it is bound.

The powers of the Owners Association include the power to

  • enter into the utility supply and service agreement;
  • remedy defective building work in relation to Common Areas;
  • carry out work required by law or this Constitution where the Owner has failed, after reasonable written notice, to carry out that work in accordance with his obligations;
  • to recover from the Owner of a Unit the costs of carrying out work under sub-clause (c) (above)
  • to enter a Unit upon reasonable written notice to the Owner or Occupier, or without notice in an emergency, to inspect or effect repairs to Common Areas or carry out work under sub-clause (c);
  • own movable assets;
  • sue and take action to enforce monetary claims in its own name;
  • effect insurances required by this Constitution;
  • to invest surplus funds in any manner approved by RERA;
  • do anything else for the purpose of carrying out its duties and functions under the law or this constitution.

Owners Association Board

  • The Owners Association shall have a board comprised of not less than 5 nor more than 7 members and 3 reserve members which is responsible for the conduct of the affairs of the Owners Association, subject only to the limits imposed by this Constitution or a resolution of the General Assembly.
  • The Board shall be made up of Owners, or their duly authorized representatives, elected at each Annual General Assembly of the Owners Association. No Owner, including a Master Developer and a Sub-Developer shall be represented on the Board by more than one member.
  • Board members shall not be paid for their services.
  • Association Board members shall be registered with and approved by RERA through the electronic system approved by the Department.
  • RERA may refuse to register or approve any Board member.
  • The Board shall be responsible for:
    • ensuring that the Owners Association carries out its functions under the law and this Constitution;
    • setting, in conjunction with the Association Manager, the strategic direction of the Owners Association; and
    • monitoring and directing the performance of the Association Manager.
  • The Board shall meet regularly or as frequently as is necessary and half of its members, rounded up to the nearest whole number, shall comprise a quorum for meetings.
  • The Board shall decide all matters by majority vote.
  • At least 14 days notice in writing of a proposed Board meeting must be given by the Association Manager, or in his absence, by the Chairman, to members of the Board. The notice must include a detailed agenda for the meeting. The notice may be shortened or dispensed with if all members of the Board agree in writing.
  • The Board shall at its first meeting after its election appoint a Chairman. The Chairman and the members shall communicate and liaise with the Association Manager.
  • The Board shall determine its own rules and procedures provided those rules and procedures are:
    • not inconsistent with this Constitution, the law or any Directions issued by RERA;
    • set out in writing in Arabic with official translation into English or other languages as required, and notified to Owners; and
    • not to be cancelled by a Simple Resolution.
  • The Board may meet wholly or partly be electronic means.
  • Board members must observe the Code of Conduct. If a Board member observes the Code of Conduct, then he shall not be liable as a consequence of his actions or failures as a Board member.