A co-owner has carried out by himself work on his terrace (common portion for restricted use). Since then, the roof leaks.
Question : Who must pay to repair the damage?
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Every syndicate of co-owners has obligations regarding common portions maintenance. Article 1039 of the Civil Code of Québec provides that "Upon the publication of the declaration of co-ownership, the co-owners as a body constitute a legal person, the objects of which are the preservation of the immovable, the maintenance and administration of the common portions, the protection of the rights appurtenant to the immovable or the co-ownership, as well as all business in the common interest”. In the event that the latter fails to maintain and preserve the immovable, the syndicate may incur civil liability.
This means that it is bound to have the necessary work carried out to prevent deterioration of the common portions of the immovable. The declaration of co-ownership and other legal provisions impose this obligation.
Au cours de la vie de l’immeuble, il existe un certain nombre de travaux d'entretien ou d'amélioration qui nécessiteront pour le syndicat d’accéder à l’intérieur des parties privatives, et même d’être exécutés à l’intérieur de celles-ci.
Avant d’engager des travaux dans une partie privative (l'unité d’habitation), il ne faut pas oublier ce qu'est la vie en copropriété.