Definition : Insurance - Reconstruction cost

Amount of insurance coverage to be subscribed by the syndicate of co-owners to provide for the reconstruction of the immovable in accordance with the standards, usage and best practices applicable at the time of reconstruction. This includes the costs of the fees of the professionals involved in the reconstruction, retrofitting, permits and taxes, etc.

 WARNING! The establishment of this "reconstruction cost" must be evaluated at least every five years by a member of a professional order recognized by government regulation.

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Question: We suffered water damage. Three apartments, including mine, were affected by a broken hot water tank. The co-ownership’s insurer refuses to compensate us completely, claiming that our syndicate has paid too low a premium compared to the true risk insured. Is he right?
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Question: I just received the renewal of our syndicate of co-owners’ insurance policy. However, it includes a 90%. co-insurance clause. What is it about ?
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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 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 main object is to ensure the preservation and the longevity of the building and to manage and administer it diligently following rules of the trade. This is why the legislator has given to the syndicate an insurable interest and has made it compulsory that it subscribe building insurance.  
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The law provides that a syndicate must keep a register at the disposal of the co-owners. In most cases the declarations of co-ownership list the items it contains. This register is the memory of the syndicate, and consequently, its archives. In is thus invaluable. Much more than a mere witness of the sound management of an immovable, it is its prime instrument. Therefore, preservation and access are the hallmarks of this register.
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