Definition : Co-ownership manager

Natural or a legal person who ensures, in whole or in part, the day-to-day administration of the syndicate of co-owners. This person may be a co-owner or not. The co-ownership manager acts as an administrator of the property of others charged with simple administration. To this end, he must do all everything necessary for the preservation of the property or do everything useful to maintain the use for which the property is normally intended. 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ! The co-ownership manager must be distinguished from the condo manager, in particular by his decision making power and his capacity to institute legal proceedings for anything relating to his administration. In return, he must annually render an account of his management, unless the syndicate renounces thereto. Such rendering of account is compulsory at the termination of his administration.

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Usually declarations of co-ownership list the patrimony of the syndicate of co-owners. Among the items owned by the syndicate is the register of co-ownership. It contains all the syndicate's archives, such as the declaration of co-ownership, the up-to-date list of co-owners and tenants of the immovable and the minutes, enabling it to carry out its mission adequately. The co-owners must have access to this register, which can be entrusted to a director or a manager.
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The day-to-day administration of the syndicate may even be entrusted to a co-ownership manager who may, but need not be, chosen from among the co-owners. The syndicate of co-owners can thus delegate to the co-ownership manager other tasks and responsibilities that are generally the responsibility of the board of directors (collect the syndicate's claims, publish a notice of legal hypothec on the fraction of defaulting co-owner, instituting legal proceedings for all matters concerning his administration, giving releases and discharges, etc.). Yet, anyone who is in charge of administering property that is not his own or that is not only his own assumes significant responsibilities. That is why - and notwithstanding the co-ownership manager’s best intentions- it is advisable to take out insurance to cover his faults, errors or omissions.
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Faire la distinction entre la charge du gérant de celle du gestionnaire n’est pas une mince affaire. La plupart des acteurs qui travaillent dans le domaine de la copropriété peinent à s’y retrouver en cette matière. À vrai dire, la perception générale quant à la similarité des tâches qui leur incombent est erronée, car ces deux fonctions présentent plusieurs différences. Le gérant dispose de pouvoirs décisionnels au regard de la gestion de la copropriété. Quant au gestionnaire, il agit comme un conseiller et comme celui qui met en œuvre les décisions prises par le conseil d’administration. Il pourrait avoir suggéré des recommandations préalables avant que ces décisions soient mises en application. Regard sur deux fonctions dont les attributs, les pouvoirs et les devoirs se distinguent à plus d’un titre.
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