Definition : Common expenses (condo fees)

Amounts of money required from the co-owners by the syndicate to meet the expenses arising from the co-ownership and the operation of the immovable and to build up financial reserves (contingency fund) to be used to pay for future work related to major repairs and the replacement of common portions.

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Les charges communes doivent être payées par le copropriétaire de l’unité d’habitation. S'il ne paie pas, il est considéré comme défaillant, ou « en défaut de paiement ». Des recours existent pour cela. Toutefois, d'autres situations, plus rares, peuvent se présenter et doivent être envisagées.
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Cela fait six mois que je suis dans mon condo, et il y a encore plusieurs unités invendues dans l'immeuble. Je fais partie des administrateurs nouvellement élus sur le premier conseil d'administration de la copropriété, élu lors de l'assemblée extraordinaire pour l'élection du nouveau conseil. Qui doit payer les charges communes rattachées à ces unités invendues : est-ce nous ou le promoteur?
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Administrative, maintenance, replacement, improvement or alteration expenses of the common portions are divided among the co-owners. General common expenses are to be distinguished from special common expenses, which are allocated under different rules. In the first case, it is the relative value of each private portion that is used to establish the co-owners contribution. As for special common expenses arising from common portions for restricted use, the co-owners using them are alone responsible of the expenses resulting therefrom.
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