duhWhen people first move to Tenerife and rent in a complex or buy property which is contained within a complex, they can sometimes find that the community management is a little … well … complicated.

Take my neighbour, for example.  When she and her husband moved into this community they embarked on a home improvement project which involved building a new floor and painting the exterior of the house. They did a lovely job and their house is in keeping with the general appearance of others in the street but that did not prevent them from receiving a visit from La Presidenta to give them a telling off for not following community guidelines. And this, despite the fact that the community president has herself extended her property by adding a new floor and extending her garden.

This interference in what you do with your own property might seem at first to be a ridiculous intrusion but actually when you buy property on a complex you are bound by the community rules as to what you can do to that property. If the rules say you must have dark stained wooden shutters then you won’t get away with a bright sunny, yellow. Same with the height of the walls or the materials used in building an extension.

Then there are the community fees and the transparency or lack thereof of what is being done with the money you pay into the community each month. In one local complex both the president and the administrator were recently bounced out in what would have been a bloody coup in the old days. The complex residents had had strong suspicions of book cooking for quite a while and when evidence was finally obtained, the two were trounced at the next election committee. Whether legal action will be taken remains to be seen.

But there are great complex communities. The ones where the focus of the committee is not to line their own pockets but rather to improve and enhance the complex for all its residents. Rent or buy on one of these complexes and your stay there is likely to be a happy one.