CHAPTER IV- Association of Apartment Owners and Bye Laws for The Regulation of the Affairs of Such Association, Section 15- Association of Apartment Owners and bye-laws relating thereto

The Administrator may, by notifying in the Official Gazette, frame model bye-laws in accordance with which the property shall be administered by the Association of Apartment Owners. Every Association shall, at its first meeting, make its bye-laws in accordance with the model bye-laws framed.

In making its bye-laws the Association of Apartment Owners shall adhere to the model bye-laws unless it obtains the prior approval of the Administrator.

The bye laws will prescribe-

  1. The manner in which the Association of Apartment Owners is to be formed;
  2. The election, from among apartment owners, of a Board of Management by the members of the Association of Apartment Owners;
  3. The number of apartment owners constituting the Board, the composition of the Board and that one-third of members of the Board shall retire annually;
  4. The powers and duties of the Board;
  5. The honorarium, if any, of the members of the Board;
  6. The method of removal from office of the members of the Board;
  7. The powers of the Board to engage the service of a Manager;
  8. Delegation of powers and duties of the Board to such Manager;
  9. Method of calling meetings of the Association of Apartment Owners and the number of members required to constitute a quorum.
  10. Election of a President of the Association of Apartment Owners from among the apartment owners, who, shall preside over the meetings of the Board and of the Association of Apartment Owners;
  11. Election of a Secretary to the Association of Apartment Owners from among the apartment owners. He shall be an ex officio member of the Board and shall keep two separate minutes books, one for the Association of Apartment Owners and the other for the Board, pages of each of which shall be consecutively numbered and authenticated by the President of the Association of Apartment Owners, and shall record, in the respective minutes books, the resolutions adopted by the Association of Apartment Owners or the Board, as the case may be;
  12. Election of a Treasurer from among the apartment owners, who shall keep the financial records of the Association of Apartment Owners as also of the Board;
  13. Maintenance, repair and replacement of the common areas and facilities and payment along with (n) manner of collecting from the apartment owners or any other occupant of apartments, share of the common expenses;
  14. Resignation and removal of persons employed for the maintenance, repair and replacement of the common areas and facilities;
  15. Restrictions with regard to the use and maintenance of the apartments and the use of the common areas and facilities, as may be necessary to prevent unreasonable interference in the use of each apartment and of the common areas and facilities by the several apartment owners;
  16. Any matter which may be required by the Administrator to be provided for in the bye-laws for the proper or better administration of the property;
  17. Any other matters which are required to be provided for in the bye-laws.

The bye-laws framed under sub-section (2) may also contain provisions—

  1. Enabling the Board to retain certain areas of the building for commercial purposes and to grant lease of the areas so retained, and to apply the proceeds of such lease for the reduction of the common expenses for maintaining the building, common areas and facilities, and if any surplus is left after meeting such expenses, to distribute such surplus to the apartment owners as income;
  2. Relating to the audit of the accounts of the Association of Apartment Owners and the Board, and of the administration of the property;
  3. Specifying the times at which and the manner in which annual general meetings and special general meetings of the Association of Apartment Owners shall be held and conducted;
  4. Specifying the time at which and the manner in which, the annual report related to the activities of the Association of Apartment Owners shall be submitted;
  5. Specifying the manner in which the income derived and expenditure incurred by the Association of Apartment Owners shall be accounted for.