Definition : Co-ownership by phases

A certain  co-ownership type  characterized by  the developer’s choice of  staggering the construction of his real estate project over a few years. Two main methods can be used to achieve  this phasing, or even combined : the Landry method on the one hand, and the method known as concomitant declarations, on the other hand.

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La copropriété par phases permet au promoteur d’étaler la conception d’un projet immobilier sur plusieurs années, et de moduler le rythme des travaux de construction selon l’évolution des ventes d’unités. Cette formule implique que le promoteur, plutôt que d’établir une fois pour toutes la copropriété qu’il veut créer, procède par étapes.
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The provisions related to the appointment and replacement of the directors are provided for in the By-laws of the immovable (2nd part of the declaration of co-ownership). In their absence, they are also found in the Civil Code of Quebec (C.C.Q.). The law thus leaves it to the co-owners to establish themselves, in their declaration of co-ownership, the rules that best suit them. However, the appointment of directors generally falls within the competence of the general meeting of co‑owners, although the declaration of co-ownership may provide for other provisions.
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