- Meeting of co-owners : Meeting of co-owners
Definition : Meeting of co-owners
One of the two decision-making bodies of the syndicate which gathers all the co-owners. There are four types of meeting, namely: the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Special General Meeting (SGM), the Special Transitional General Meeting and the Remedial General Meeting (RGM).
The voting rights of the co-owners of the immovable can, in certain circumstances, be suspended or reduced. It is important to know who may be affected by these restrictions and their consequences.
2 février 2016 — Le terme Varia est fréquemment employé dans les ordres du jour d’assemblées générales annuelles de copropriétaires. Il permet d’ajouter des sujets qui n’y étaient pas initialement prévus, et qui sont débattus en fin d’assemblée. Or, selon l’Office québécois de la langue française, ce terme est une impropriété à éviter.
The General Meeting of the co-owners is one of the two decision-making bodies of the syndicate. You should be aware that co-ownership life implies that the co-owners or their representatives meet, occasionally, to discuss and vote upon important decisions. This occurs at General Meetings of the co-owners, which is the prime democratic body in the co-ownership. Their conduct obeys certain rules of form and content. An overview of the various specific aspects of General Meetings of the co-owners.
A General Meeting of the co-owners cannot take place without an agenda. To deliberate in accordance with the Law, co-owners should be able to become aware, before the General Meeting, of the questions on the agenda. This the reason why it should be annexed to the notice of call, usually prepared by the Board of Directors (Board). It contains all the questions to be tabled for deliberation during the General Meeting. This document must be clear and unambiguous to avoid legal challenges. An overview of the various specificities of the agenda.
Je serai à Cuba lors de la prochaine assemblée des copropriétaires. Quelles sont mes options? Puis-je donner une sorte de mandat à quelqu’un pour que ma voix soit tout de même entendue à l’assemblée?
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The resolutions of the General Meeting of the co-owners are adopted or rejected, as the case may be, if a majority is reached or not. Depending on the repercussions such resolutions may have on the co-ownership, the majority required will be more or less difficult to achieve. The General Meeting of the co-owners adjudicates at two different majority levels: absolute majority and double majorities (enhanced majorities).
Every co-owner should participate to all general meetings to ensure the general meeting can reach a quorum and therefore deliberate and take decisions. If you are unable to attend, or if you do not wish to participate, it is better to appoint a mandatary. He may thus represent you at the general meeting, by the means of a proxy you will give him. Remember that a proxy represents the ideal compromise to exercise your voting right.
A question often arises whether a co-owner can modify the agenda received with his notice of call to the Annual General Meeting, either before or during the General Meeting?
The General Meeting of co-owners is governed by strict legal rules that you should know about. In principle the General Meeting deliberates only on the questions inscribed on the agenda before holding the General Meeting. Otherwise, any decision taken upon a question illegally placed on the agenda is null and void and may be subject to a legal challenge.
The appointment of meeting officers is necessary for holding any co-owners meeting. The latter are usually elected at the outset of the meeting, by a separate vote taken by the majority of the votes of the owners present or represented.