Managing Social Condominiums

Written by: Vergara, Luz Maria
Published on: 16.08.2019

In Chile, social condominiums are a significant part of the affordable owner-occupied housing stock. However, after decades of occupancy, this housing stock shows rapid signs of deterioration and devaluation due to neglected maintenance. This situation has evidenced a twofold challenge for low-income homeownership in Chile. On the one hand, it includes the financial and social restrictions faced by co-owners that diminish their collective capacity to take care of building maintenance. On the other hand, it includes institutional limitations with regard to housing management in terms of regulations, institutions and actors.

This research explores the intermediary role of the third sector in providing support, skills and building capacity among communities to improve the maintenance and administration of their properties. Based on international and local case study analyses, the research proposes a set of management approaches and strategies for Chilean third sector intermediaries to support low-income homeowners in condominium management.

Findings show the relevance of multidimensional approaches and strategies, so as to tackle the interrelated challenges by contributing to enhance the community’s capacities and level the built environment conditions. Findings also show the need of partnerships between third sector organisations and municipalities to face complex areas, and the relevance of fostering collaboration and specialisation among third sector organisations.