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The history of the General Council of the Colleges of Property Managers dates back to March 10, 1969. In the course of a meeting with the Ministry of Finance it became evident that the Property Managers should unit themselves as an association. A federation which would have as its special objectives defending the interests of its members, legalising their position vis-à?vis the public authorities, and combating charlatanism. On 10 March 1969, the first general assembly was held in the presence of four Cabinet Ministers.
In June 1981 it was decided to create the territorial Colleges of Property Managers and the General Council of the Colleges of Property Managers.


The fundamental objectives and duties of the General Council are the following:
  • the official representation. on both a national and an international level, of the profession of Property Manager;
  • the supervision of Members in the execution of their professional duties;
  • the attending to the training of the members; the awarding of titles and diplomas; the organising of courses, conferences, and similar matters;
  • the establishing and prescribing of rules for contributions and security sums ; the submitting of tariff lists in respect of fees to the relevant Ministries;
  • the conferring of distinctions on members eligible for the same; the taking of disciplinary action against members who commit misdemeanours;
  • the issuing of certificates and the authentication of reports and appraisals made by members;
  • all the other actions deemed necessary for its associations, and in general, promote every project which is an improvement of the profession.

The requirements for Membership of a Federation of Property Managers are as follows:
  • the candidate must be of a European Union nationality;
  • the candidate must have the capacity to perform legal acts;
  • the candidate must submit an application for membership, and at the same time comply with the administrative and financial requirements as stated in the statutes.


Candidates who possess the necessary university degree or other qualifications will be admitted to membership directly. Titleholders of all university or higher education will have to pass a test satisfactorily.
The Property Manager is in fact a negotiating agency, in the legal sense a mandatory, and in the social sense a person practising a liberal profession who, in the exercising of his duties should above all provide a service of the highest quality in the widest sense of the word. On the other hand he should possess all the relevant know?how concerning the present legislative, administrative and fiscal complexities encountered in the daily performance of his profession. The affiliated Property Manager has been the corner stone in the development and implementation of the Horizontal Property Act presently in force, and, therefore, of the Associations of Owner-Occupiers. It is the Property Manager who has made it possible for this Act and these Associations to function effectively, since it is the Property Manager who offers a professional guarantee, a guarantee which can only be offered by a person possessing the necessary qualifications and training and who satisfies the requirements imposed by the professional organisation of which he is a member.

Charlatanism and the practices of persons lacking the necessary backing of a professional organisation and not possessing sufficient technical know-how have seriously damaged the interests of the Associations of Owners-Occupiers. Hence the need for these associations to be able to count on a Property Manager who has the support and backing of a professional organisation which has been, able to gain the respect and recognition of the community which it serves. An organisation whose members, stating from scratch, have succeeded in building up a considerable reputation serving as a guarantee to both tenant and landlord.

April 2006