Definition : Common expenses (condo fees) - Arrears

Amount of money payable by instalment by a co-owner to a syndicate of co-ownership which is due or owing without having been paid in the prescribed term.

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From the purchase of a condo, the purchaser becomes responsible for the unpaid common expenses of the vendor (Article 1069 C.C.Q.). The syndicate may, therefore, claim from you amounts that you would not have thought owing.
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Les charges communes doivent être payées par le copropriétaire de l’unité d’habitation. S'il ne paie pas, il est considéré comme défaillant, ou « en défaut de paiement ». Des recours existent pour cela. Toutefois, d'autres situations, plus rares, peuvent se présenter et doivent être envisagées.
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Administrative, maintenance, replacement, improvement or alteration expenses of the common portions are divided among the co-owners. General common expenses are to be distinguished from special common expenses, which are allocated under different rules. In the first case, it is the relative value of each private portion that is used to establish the co-owners contribution. As for special common expenses arising from common portions for restricted use, the co-owners using them are alone responsible of the expenses resulting therefrom.
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