Recommendations for the co-owner when installing electric chargers

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Recommendations for the co-owner when installing electric chargers

With the surge in electric vehicle (EV) popularity comes the pressing need for EV charger infrastructure. As more owners opt for the convenience of charging at home or work, the installation of chargers near residential and commercial buildings is on the rise.

However, the legal landscape surrounding these installations can be complex, particularly in shared property scenarios. Ken Kaarel Gross, attorney at RASK, sheds light on the legal nuances associated with EV charger installations.
In shared property situations, such as apartment buildings where parking areas are jointly owned, installing chargers may require unanimous consent or a majority decision from co-owners. Factors like the charger's impact on property usage and revenue generation must also be carefully considered.

Gross emphasizes the importance of establishing clear usage agreements among co-owners, ensuring fair distribution of costs and revenues related to charger management. Additionally, registering these agreements in the land register is crucial to binding future property owners.

Furthermore, the legal status of chargers as part of real estate remains uncertain, prompting the need for servitude contracts to clarify ownership and usage rights.

In essence, while the expansion of EV infrastructure is vital for climate goals, proactive legal planning is essential to navigate potential conflicts and ensure smooth installations.