A situation in which a co-owner cannot legally exercise at the general meeting all his voting rights. This reduction may have the objective of avoiding, in some circumstances, that one co-owner owning the majority of the fractions and of the votes controls the meeting of the co-owners in a manner detrimental to the minority co-owners.
The right to vote is a founding principle of democracy. Citizens of a democracy can express their will in a ballot. In principle, this right is equal amongst all voters. Practically speaking, it is equivalent to the «one person, one vote" rule, which means that every vote has the same weight. However, co-ownership derogates from this principle, namely in that the number of votes held by the co- owners is in direct correlation with their rights of ownership in the immovable. An overview of the various aspects of voting in General Meetings of co-owners.
The voting rights of the co-owners of the immovable can, in certain circumstances, be suspended or reduced. It is important to know who may be affected by these restrictions and their consequences.