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?
The co-owner of the apartment below ours uses the barbecue on his balcony almost daily. The smoke and smell of grilled meat are so strong that I no longer wish to use my balcony. These fumes force me to keep my patio door and my windows closed.
Question: Are there legal provisions to assert my rights?
I am constantly disturbed by noise in my condo, because its soundproofing is deficient. The co-owners living upstairs aggravate me, because of constant barking and loud music. My next door neighbour has the same problem with her neighbors above, who have recently installed hardwood floors!
Question: What are our recourses to remedy this problem?
Our last annual general meeting of the co-owners was opened and held by our directors. The trouble is that we do not know how to conduct an assembly.
Question: Is a President of the meeting required? Do non-directors have to make notes? And who draws up the minutes?
At our last Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors presented the estimated budget for the coming year. This budget provided for a substantial increase of the common expenses, as significant work was to be carried out during the year to upgrade the elevator. Everyone did not agree with this decision, and the budget was passed! I really had the impression that during this meeting, the will of a majority of co-owners was not taken into consideration.
Question: What is the power of the co-owners meeting with respect to the vote on the budget? Can it vote against an increase in common charges?
Three months ago, we were called to the annual general meeting of co-owners during which co-owners were consulted on the budget forecast. However since the AGM, we have not received a notice from the Board detailing the amount of our contribution to our co-ownership’s operating budget.
Questions: Isn’t the syndicate required to send a notice of assessment for common expenses? If so, what should it provide?
While the declaration of co-ownership of my immovable allows domestic animals in the co-ownership, the board has decided at its last meeting, to which I did not even attend, that my dog was a "harmful animal" and that it was no longer allowed in the compound of the co-ownership. They thus require that I remove it from the co-ownership.
Question: Does the board have such powers?