Definition : Architect

Professional, member of the Québec Order of Architects, whose practice consists essentially of designing architectural plans and specifications for the construction, enlargement, reconstruction, renovation or alteration of a building. The architect's intervention is mandatory for the design of plans and specifications for a building comprising more than four dwellings or more than two stories or more than 300 square meters of gross floor area. (The basement is not deemed to be a story and is not computed in the floor area). The architect may also be responsible for supervising its construction or renovation.

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Architecte depuis 24 ans, M. Fallah a fait ses études à l'Université Laval de Québec pour l'obtention de son diplôme. Il est membre de l'Ordre des Architectes du Québec (OAQ) depuis 1989.
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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?
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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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