Question: After the sale of my apartment, can I ask for the refund of the contributions I paid into the contingency fund?
Answer: No. The law provides that the amounts paid into the contingency fund remain the property of the syndicate. Any contribution made therein is therefore not refundable, as the money accumulated each month will be used to ensure the preservation over time of the co-ownership.
I plan to buy an on plan apartment. As I am intolerant to second-hand smoke from other units, acquiring a condo in a co-ownership in which my neighbors could be smokers is out of the question.
Question: How can I get assurances from the developer, that smoking will be prohibited in the private portions of the building to be built?
I live in a co-ownership where there are a few smokers, one of which is located directly below me. His smoke migrates into my apartment. I am worried of its effects on my health in the medium and long terms, as well as that of my spouse and those of my two children.
Question: Can our syndicate compel these smokers to install an air freshener in their apartment?
I am president of the Board of Directors of a co-ownership. A co-owner informed me recently that he is bothered by the secondhand smoke of a smoker who lives in the apartment below. Cigarette fumes are persistent in the complainant's unit, even when operating the air exchanger. There is also smoke present in the corridors of the building.
Question: Can we ban the use of tobacco in the private portions of our building?
I am the co-owner of a new condo. Other owners and I have recently discovered cracks in the foundation of the building, as well as water infiltration in the garage. The promoter is mute, and we have not yet transferred the administration.
Question: Should we refuse to elect our first Board of Directors, until the issues identified have been corrected? And should I sell immediately before other major problems arise?
Condo, condo fees, condo purchase, condolegal…
Question: What is the origin of the word “condo”, and what does it mean?
Answer: The “condo”, for the urban Quebecer, has only one obvious meaning! It is an apartment in an immovable held in co-ownership.
This fact of life is the first shortcut… The condominium, in the field of real-estate, is first and foremost a reference to the entire building held in co-ownership, and not only to one of its apartments. But if we go back in time, outside the concept of co-ownership as we know it, the condominium had originally an altogether different meaning!
I am a recent co-owner. The building I live in has 10 units. The contribution to contingency fund is substantial. In fact, it represents 20% of the budget of the co-ownership! That seems excessive.
Question: Is there a ceiling to the amounts to be paid in the contingency fund
I have been living for a year in a condo I bought in a recently built building. To my surprise, there is still no contingency fund being funded. We pay the common expenses of the immovable monthly (maintenance, snow removal, condo insurance), but no 5% of the budget contribution to "Contingency fund". Yet, a lawyer friend told me it was mandatory!
Question: Is this normal?