The public image of residential complex administrators has suffered for years because the profession is not protected by law. A competency certificate can help improve the image of this profession. At best, it acts as a seal of approval and signals members of a homeowner community that they are being taken care of by a competent administration. The examination fee for the certificate will be approximately 400 euros. Some people will need to take preparatory courses for this, which will cost time and money. All of this feeds into the discussion about who should be equated to the certified administrator.
If so, you are not required to take the exam. According to the Amendment to the Condominium Act (WEMoG), this applies to those who are “qualified to be a judge”, who have “a university degree with a specialization in property management, who have completed professional training as as a real estate agent “or” have a comparable professional qualification “. In the draft certification ordinance, the group of people who do not have to take the exam is even smaller.
The regulations lack a number of professional profiles adapted to equality
Martin Kaßler, Managing Director of the Association of Real Estate Managers Germany (VDIV), criticizes the respective definitions: “It is questionable whether only a lawyer who has just passed the second state examination has the specialist knowledge necessary to manage a community of owners. Other degrees are at least as apt to be exempt from certification – such as architects, civil engineers or business economists. “
These latter professions do not appear in the ordinance, nor a certain number of vocational training courses and professional diplomas which, in the opinion of the VDIV, lend themselves to equality. These include, for example, a qualified real estate economist, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in real estate, a master’s of science in real estate management, a master’s degree in law in real estate law and many others. According to Kaßler, unequal treatment of certain professional groups and qualifications must “absolutely be avoided”. Julia Wagner, legal adviser at Haus & Grund Germany, also considers that the envisaged provisions are too narrow: “The regulations must include additional professions for which the planned examination can be omitted. Wagner and Kaßler point out that the certified real estate specialist, an IHK degree, also falls into this category.
Apart from that, lawyers, architects or economists are not necessarily familiar with condominium law. The VDIV therefore proposes to anchor in the ordinance that in addition to certain professional qualifications, “at least 80 completed courses on WEG management” are a prerequisite for exemption from the exam.
This debate on gender equality raises other questions: for large management companies, the regulation provides that they can claim to be “chartered directors” if all their employees who are directly responsible for property management tasks have successfully completed the process. ‘chartered administrator exam to have. Or if at least half of the staff responsible for WEG topics have passed the exam and the rest are on a par with a certified administrator. To do this, however, you need to know exactly who qualifies for a tie. After all, the regulations make it clear who does not need a certificate, such as guards or workers who take care of secretarial duties.
It is currently difficult for apartment owners to understand who is certified and who is not
Particularly in view of the turnover of staff in management companies, it is difficult for consumers to verify whether they meet the requirements for certification. Gabriele Heinrich von Wohnen in the property suggests the following solution: “Homeowners associations need to be able to check who is certified and who is not. For this, the ideal would be for the IHK to keep a register in which all natural persons and management companies are listed. who passed the test have or are equal. “
However, there is currently no guarantee that those who are on an equal footing with the “certified administrator” will be able to write it on their flags. Julia Wagner speaks out in favor of certifying that you can call yourself a “chartered administrator” for a small fee. “Otherwise, it could lead to market distortion. Kaßler gives further arguments in favor of issuing a certificate to administrators who have been exempted from the test: “This prevents consumer uncertainty and helps avoid litigation.