August 28, 2017 - A violent death must be declared by an owner selling his home or condo. This information may be crucial to potential buyers who may not want to acquire a residence with a gruesome past. Not revealing it may result in a lawsuit based on the buyer’s defect of consent.
Article 1401 of the Civil Code of Québec specifies in this regard that a party's error caused by fraud vitiates consent in all cases where, otherwise, the party would not have contracted or contracted under different terms.
August 24, 2017 --- After enacting the Condominium Owners Protection Act in December 2015, Ontario recently announced an important guideline deriving therefrom. Effective November 1, 2017, all condominium (co-ownership) managers will have 90 days to apply for a license under the Condominium Management Services Act.
August 22, 2017 – The number of properties sold without the legal warranty is growing in Quebec. Without it, a buyer will not be able to exercise a recourse against his seller, should a latent defect unknown to the latter be discovered. On the other hand, if the former owner was aware of a problem, the buyer could then claim against him, because he has an obligation to declare it.
July 14, 2017 - A consultation on the subject of divided co-ownership insurance was officially launched by the Ministère des finances (Department of finances). This initiative is within the scope of the work of the Ministère de la justice (Justice Department), already in progress which will ultimately lead to the revision of Quebec co-ownership rules (legislative reform).
The said consultation "arises from the finding that the current rules are insufficient", to ensure the maintenance and protection of a portion of the built-up real estate, "and they are also a source of stress between co-owners when losses occur. The withdrawal of a major insurer (Aviva) from the Québec co-ownership insurance market, is symptomatic of the problems in this sector, reports a press release put on line by the Ministère des Finance.
July 6, 2017 - Ontario condominium legislation is far ahead of Quebec. The Condominium Owners Protection Act, 2015, substantially enhanced the Condominium Act, 1998, .It includes the creation of a condominium authority, being the equivalent of a co-ownership Board. This authority will officially enter into service on February 1, 2018.
July 5, 2017 - Following a difficult period in Quebec, condo sales rebounded in 2017. They rose 24% in May, compared with the same period last year. This is what emerges from a study prepared by Desjardins.
This study shows that, overall, in the Greater Montréal, total sales (houses and condominiums) grew by 15%, while Gatineau and Québec posted respective increases of 25% and 11%.
June 23, 2017 - Downtown Montreal is a favorite borough for condo construction. The year 2017 shows, once again, that this area abounds with condominium units. In the first quarter (January to March) 700 were sold. It is the 3rd best performance since 2011.
June 2, 2017 - A training course on the Guarantee Plan for New Residential Buildings has just been created. It will be offered this fall by EQUER (Undertaking for the quality of residential buildings). The courses offered are intended for homeowners, syndicates of co-ownerships, condominium managers, and also for co-owners and those who plan to become co-owners.
May 31, 2017 - The Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards (FCIQ) has revised its forecasts for 2017. Last January, it expected sales to fall by 7%, while it is now anticipating a 2% rise in sales in Québec, compared to 2016. This turnaround is due to three factors: strong job creation, a large increase in net immigration and consumer confidence.