April 4, 2018 - Homeowners living alone in Canada are increasing in number. And Quebec is well ahead in this regard. Statistics Canada indicates that, in 2016, Quebec had the highest proportion of single person private households (33.3%).
If one adds the numerous single-parent families to this equation, the critical mass of individuals living alone and prospective property buyers should increase dramatically. For the time being, in 2006 couples accounted for 54.3% of private households in Quebec, and 53.0% in 2016.
February 7, 2018 - Smoking in public is no longer allowed in Hampstead. This prohibition will also apply to marijuana once legalized in Canada.
A proposed bylaw on tobacco products and other substances in the territory of Hampstead was adopted early February by City Council. The prohibition extends to parks, streets, sidewalks, municipal buildings and adjacent land. It includes pot.
February 24, 2018 – The Syndicates of co-ownership who apprehend potential conflicts in their immovable, in view of the legalization of marijuana, can act effectively while there is still time. You should know that it is possible to ban this substance, both in the private and common portions, provided that you act before cannabis is decriminalized by the federal government.
Apartments held in co-ownerships can be poorly compartmentalized or have deficient ventilation. Thus, second-hand smoke - such as from tobacco and marijuana - makes its way into adjoining units, often resulting in neighborhood disturbances.
January 29, 2018 - After promising seemingly forever co-ownership legislative reform , Québec Minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée, passed the buck to her colleague Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for “l’habitation et la protection des consommateurs”( Housing and Consumer Protection) and this spring she wants to introduce a bill on a this pressing issue.
January 17, 2018 - The notion of real estate brokerage should be better defined, to avoid confusion regarding the protection of the public. This is what Nadine Lindsay, President and Chief Executive Officer of “l’Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier” (Real Estate Regulatory Organization-OACIQ), believes.
Nadine Lindsay recently took position on this issue at the occasion of Bill 141 tabled in September 2017, by means of a brief presented to the National Assembly. It includes four recommendations to "better protect the public" during a real estate and hypothecary transaction.
January 12, 2018 - Smoking pot in one’s condo may disturb several co‑owners, if cannabis second-hand smoke migrates from your apartment to another. Lawyer emeritus and RGCQ's general secretary, Yves Joli-Coeur, foresees several difficult situations to manage in condos, when recreational purposes marijuana is officially legalized in the country.
December 9, 2017 - Ontario's recently introduced Protecting Co-Owners Act, 2015 provides, inter alia, mandatory training for co-ownership managers. As of January 30, 2018, they will be required to hold a license in good standing issued by CMRAO (the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario), otherwise they will no longer be able to offer their services to the syndicates of co-owners.
November 23, 2017 - Certain type of construction work carried out by volunteers will henceforth be allowed in Quebec under a new regulation supported by small and midsize enterprises. (SME). However, construction industry trade unions see it as a moonlighting opportunity.
October 31, 2017 - After conducting a co-ownership insurance consultation, from July 14 to August 29, the department of Finance is currently working on Bill 150, which provides significant changes in this field.
Compulsory co-owners insurance
As a first step, the Law will require that "each co-owners shall take out third person liability insurance “. The minimum compulsory amount will be determined by government regulation. In addition, the syndicates will have to make available to the co-owners a "sufficiently precise description of the private portions", so that the improvements that have been made therein are easily identifiable.
October 25, 2017 -- Unpaid condo fees worry the co-owners who end up being saddled with them, as the syndicate of co-owners' of Place St. Laurent in Rimouski is well aware .It had to resort to the Superior Court to claim its due.