Life in a residential complex comes with many benefits – hence the increasing demand for apartments and security estates – but it also means sacrificing some of the freedom of choice you would enjoy if you were entirely on your own.

For example, pet ownership is often a contentious topic in community schemes, so in the common interest it’s likely to be regulated by the scheme’s Conduct Rules.

Read on for some ideas on how to establish what your legal rights are, with advice for trustees, buyers, sellers and agents on how to avoid dispute and disappointment in the first place. We end off with a note on how to settle any disputes that do arise