Structural Changes in Condominium Communities: A Guide for Harmonious Living

Welcome to the Hochheiden Property Management blog, your trusted partner for real estate management in Berlin. In a vibrant and ever-changing city like Berlin, construction changes are commonplace. However, especially in property owner communities, they can lead to tensions if not all parties are aware of their rights and obligations. This article aims to shed light on the matter and assist you in implementing construction changes harmoniously and in compliance with regulations.

Understanding Structural Changes

Structural changes encompass all measures that alter the appearance, substance, or use of a property. This can range from the construction of a conservatory to the installation of a solar panel or the redesign of the garden area. In condominium communities, such endeavors require special attention as they affect not only the individual owner's special property but potentially also the common property and the well-being of the community.

Legal Framework

The Condominium Act (WEG) provides the legal framework for structural changes in condominium communities. In general, changes to the common property or alterations affecting the external appearance of the complex require the approval of the condominium community. For alterations within the special property, approval is usually not required, provided they do not have adverse effects on the common property or other owners.

Approval Process

  1. Information and Consultation: Before submitting an application, familiarize yourself with the relevant legal provisions and seek professional advice if necessary. Early consultation with the property management can clarify many questions.

  2. Application Submission: Submit a written application for approval of your planned structural change, addressed to the property management or directly to the condominium meeting. Describe the project in detail and attach plans and expert opinions if necessary.

  3. Condominium Meeting: Your application will be discussed at the next condominium meeting. Be prepared to present your project and answer questions. The decision is made by vote.

  4. Implementation: After receiving approval, you can proceed with the implementation. Ensure that all work is carried out professionally and in accordance with the agreements made.

Best Practices for Harmonious Structural Changes

  • Communication: Open and transparent communication is key to a smooth process. Inform your neighbors early on about your plans.

  • Readiness to Compromise: Be prepared to compromise and find solutions that are acceptable to all parties involved.

  • Expertise: Consult professionals to ensure that your plans are technically feasible and do not have any negative effects on the property or the community.

  • Documentation: Document all agreements, approvals, and work carried out in writing to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts in the future.


Structural changes offer the opportunity to customize your property according to your wishes and increase its value. At the same time, they require a high level of responsibility and a willingness to act in the best interest of the community. Hochheiden Property Management is here to assist you in making the process as smooth and transparent as possible.

Do you have questions about structural changes in your condominium community or need assistance with planning and implementation? Contact us – we are here to help!