Definition : Preservation of the immovable

Action of maintaining the immovable in a good state of repair by its physical maintenance and by keeping its common components and equipment to standards. It is one of the tasks of the syndicate of co-owners. But this mission goes far beyond mere maintenance. It also consists of adequately insuring the common and private portions and establishing a sufficient contingency fund so that the syndicate can, eventually, carry out major repairs to the immovable as well as replace common portions that have reached their life expectancy.

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