Definition : Insurance - Building insurance (syndicate of co-owners)

Insurance which must mandatorily be subscribed by the syndicate and cover the entire building, except for the improvements made by a co-owner in his private portion against the usual risks such as fire and theft.

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The insurance premiums are the amount paid by the insured monthly or annually to benefit in the event of a claim from the guarantees in the insurance policy. It is an expense towards the preservation, maintenance and administration of the immovable. Although the syndicate assumes this cost, it is charged back to the co-owners as a portion of their common expenses (condo fees).
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The additional premium is a premium that is added to the existing premium. It results from a worsening of the risk or from the assumption of a new risk. This additional premium may be imposed during the course of a contract or upon its renewal. Risks are analyzed according to scales that are specific to each insurer. Ultimately, the syndicate will pay this additional premium, which will be charged to all of the co-owners through the common expenses (condo fees) or, at times, some of them.
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  The insurance of the syndicate does not cover every possible risk as it contains exclusions and deductibles. To mitigate the risks, it is possible to subscribe complementary riders to the insurance policy. Their purpose is to extend – for higher insurance premiums – the insurance coverage and the limit of the indemnities, such as:
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The Law and the overwhelming majority of declarations of co-ownership require that syndicates of co-owners insure their building. This may seem surprising at first glance as the syndicate does not own the private portions nor the common portions. However, its object is to ensure the preservation and the longevity of the building and to manage and administer it diligently following the rules of the trade. This is why legislator have given to the syndicate an insurable interest and has made it compulsory that it subscribe building insurance.  
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