RSS condolegal 2018-11-12T23:01:10+0000 Zend_Feed_Writer http://en.condolegal.com/ condolegal contact@condolegal.com http://www.condolegal.com <![CDATA[Bill 141: its implementation predicated upon regulations]]> September 9, 2018 - The Ministère des finances is embarking on an important milestone in the implementation of Bill 141, which introduces several legislative amendments to co-ownership insurance. In fact, to be really in force, it will require the adoption of several regulations. This will allow better defining its impact, by the means of a broad consultation that has recently been launched.

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2018-09-09T04:44:00+0000 2018-09-18T22:52:57+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/insurance/news/2470-Bill-141-implementation-regulations September 9, 2018 - The Ministère des finances is embarking on an important milestone in the implementation of Bill 141, which introduces several legislative amendments to co-ownership insurance. In fact, to be really in force, it will require the adoption of several regulations. This will allow better defining its impact, by the means of a broad consultation that has recently been launched.
<![CDATA[Condo corporations rushing to prohibit pot smoking before legalization ]]> July 25, 2018 - The cannabis prohibition in co-ownerships is presently a hot topic. Lawyer Maxime St-Onge, from de Grandpré Joli-Cœur, gave an overview thereof this morning on Global News.

While several Canadian co-owners syndicates are racing against the clock to ban pot in their immovable, the young lawyer confirms that Montreal is no exception as cannabis decriminalization will officially come into effect on October 7th.

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2018-07-25T19:45:00+0000 2018-08-22T16:39:46+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2445-condo-corporations-rushing-prohibit-pot-smoking-before-legalization July 25, 2018 - The cannabis prohibition in co-ownerships is presently a hot topic. Lawyer Maxime St-Onge, from de Grandpré Joli-Cœur, gave an overview thereof this morning on Global News. While several Canadian co-owners syndicates are racing against the clock to ban pot in their immovable, the young lawyer confirms that Montreal is no exception as cannabis decriminalization will officially come into effect on October 7th.
<![CDATA[OACIQ introduces a mandatory form for condo transactions]]> July 4, 2018 - Condo buyers dealing with a real estate broker now have at their disposal a new tool to better protect their transaction. The coming into force of the mandatory form Declarations of the seller upon the immovable - Divided co-ownership, on July 1, 2018, will allow purchasers to obtain crucial information to govern them during their purchase.

Prepared by “l’Organisme d’autorèglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec [the Quebec organization for the self-regulation of real estate brokerage (OACIQ)]," it allows the seller to declare the current state of his property", to protect him from a possible recourse. As for the buyer, this document provides the necessary details so that he can "make an informed decision," states OACIQ.

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2018-07-04T15:23:00+0000 2018-09-16T09:41:50+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/purchase/news/2438-oaciq-introduces-a-mandatory-form-for-condo-transactions July 4, 2018 - Condo buyers dealing with a real estate broker now have at their disposal a new tool to better protect their transaction. The coming into force of the mandatory form Declarations of the seller upon the immovable - Divided co-ownership, on July 1, 2018, will allow purchasers to obtain crucial information to govern them during their purchase. Prepared by “l’Organisme d’autorèglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec [the Quebec organization for the self-regulation of real estate brokerage (OACIQ)]," it allows the seller to declare the current state of his property", to protect him from a possible recourse. As for the buyer, this document provides the necessary details so that he can "make an informed decision," states OACIQ.
<![CDATA[Can common portions be sold? ]]> arbres.quebecQuestion: During our last general meeting of co-owners, the president of the board of directors suggested to sell a parcel of land located in the backyard of our immovable. According to him, the amount that we could receive would allow to replenish the contingency fund. Can you tell me if that is possible? If this is the case, I would like to know who has the authority to make this decision.

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2018-07-02T07:08:00+0000 2018-08-24T18:00:23+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/questions-answers/2437-can-common-portions-be-sold?- Question: During our last general meeting of co-owners, the president of the board of directors suggested to sell a parcel of land located in the backyard of our immovable. According to him, the amount that we could receive would allow to replenish the contingency fund. Can you tell me if that is possible? If this is the case, I would like to know who has the authority to make this decision.
<![CDATA[Parking : common portions ]]>

Despite increased congestion and gridlock in major urban centers, many co-owners still favor the automobile as their means of transportation. The densification of cities accentuates chronic congestion, which contributes to scarce parking spots on the streets. The situation is not much better in the suburbs, since it is generally forbidden to park (at night) in the winter time. Access to parking is therefore an important issue for many co-owners and buyers.

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2018-06-19T23:56:00+0000 2018-06-29T18:36:13+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/management/factsheets/under-sheets/2434-parking-_-common-portions- Despite increased congestion and gridlock in major urban centers, many co-owners still favor the automobile as their means of transportation. The densification of cities accentuates chronic congestion, which contributes to scarce parking spots on the streets. The situation is not much better in the suburbs, since it is generally forbidden to park (at night) in the winter time. Access to parking is therefore an important issue for many co-owners and buyers.
<![CDATA[Parking : common portions for restricted use]]> 267-achat-condoMost often than not declarations of co-ownership (Constituting Act of co-ownership) designate the legal status of exterior parking spaces as common portions for restricted use. This is also true for indoor parkings, when the developer (declarant) decides that it is not necessary to create a specific lot number for each space. These are therefore an integral part of the lot constituting the common portions of the immovable.

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2018-06-04T16:41:00+0000 2018-07-18T13:01:18+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/management/factsheets/under-sheets/2421-parking-_-common-portions-for-restricted-use Most often than not declarations of co-ownership (Constituting Act of co-ownership) designate the legal status of exterior parking spaces as common portions for restricted use. This is also true for indoor parkings, when the developer (declarant) decides that it is not necessary to create a specific lot number for each space. These are therefore an integral part of the lot constituting the common portions of the immovable.
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Parking spaces qualified as private portions are commonplace in divided co-ownership. This special legal status is attributed to them by the declaration of co-ownership, which designates them as fractions in the section devoted to the description of the fractions. Like an apartment held in co-ownership, all these spaces have a unique lot number, along with a relative value, and a share. Their owners may, at a general meeting of co-owners, prevail themselves of the votes attached thereto. These votes are added, as the case may be, to those they have for their apartment

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2018-05-30T06:55:00+0000 2018-07-26T07:03:32+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/management/factsheets/under-sheets/2420-condominium-parking-private-portion Parking spaces qualified as private portions are commonplace in divided co-ownership. This special legal status is attributed to them by the declaration of co-ownership, which designates them as fractions in the section devoted to the description of the fractions. Like an apartment held in co-ownership, all these spaces have a unique lot number, along with a relative value, and a share. Their owners may, at a general meeting of co-owners, prevail themselves of the votes attached thereto. These votes are added, as the case may be, to those they have for their apartment
<![CDATA[Religious accommodations and co-ownership: a new reality]]> May 25, 2018 - Syndicates of co-owners must deal with a new phenomenon: religious symbols. This issue must be treated with utmost caution, more particularly where a by-law prohibits public signs in a co-ownership.

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2018-05-25T17:38:00+0000 2018-06-04T20:58:47+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2417-religious-accommodations-and-co-ownership May 25, 2018 - Syndicates of co-owners must deal with a new phenomenon: religious symbols. This issue must be treated with utmost caution, more particularly where a by-law prohibits public signs in a co-ownership.
<![CDATA[Condominium Parking]]>

The parking spaces legal status may differ within a co-ownership, depending on what the declaration of co-ownership (constituting act of the co-ownership) provides thereabout. These locations are either underground or outside of the immovable. The spaces designated as private portions must be distinguished from the others, which may be called common portions or common portions for restricted use. They each have their own characteristics. Every director must be made aware of same, so that the allocation of common expenses related to the maintenance or the work to be carried out is done properly. An outlook on the distinct legal status of co-ownership parking spaces.

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2018-05-25T11:25:00+0000 2018-08-11T18:34:43+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/management/factsheets/2416-condominium-parking The parking spaces legal status may differ within a co-ownership, depending on what the declaration of co-ownership (constituting act of the co-ownership) provides thereabout. These locations are either underground or outside of the immovable. The spaces designated as private portions must be distinguished from the others, which may be called common portions or common portions for restricted use. They each have their own characteristics. Every director must be made aware of same, so that the allocation of common expenses related to the maintenance or the work to be carried out is done properly. An outlook on the distinct legal status of co-ownership parking spaces.
<![CDATA[Is the government doing enough for Quebec co-owners?]]> May 23, 2018 – An omnibus reform bill being in preparation, Condolegal.com invites the general public and its regulars Internet users to participate to a survey, in answering a simple question: Do you consider that the Quebec government is doing enough to protect co-owners rights? All you have to do is answer: yes or no.

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2018-05-23T20:39:00+0000 2018-05-25T09:34:08+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2413-government-doing-enough-for-Quebec-co-owners-yes-no May 23, 2018 – An omnibus reform bill being in preparation, Condolegal.com invites the general public and its regulars Internet users to participate to a survey, in answering a simple question: Do you consider that the Quebec government is doing enough to protect co-owners rights? All you have to do is answer: yes or no.
<![CDATA[Chronicle on adopting by-laws prohibiting the use and the culture of cannabis in your condo: what majority is needed?]]>

Whereas the federal government is preparing the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, several syndicates of co-ownership are concerned of the impact this decision will have on their immovable. Therefore, it would be advisable that they ban growing and smoking cannabis. Even more so that presently many people consider, for various reasons, that this substance must be prohibited and that they should seize the opportunity to do so now. After the adoption of Bill C-45, such an exercise may be more difficult.

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2018-05-04T17:55:00+0000 2018-05-24T16:58:27+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/condolegal/chronicles/marie-cecile-bodeues/2406-adopting-by-laws-prohibiting-use-culture-of-cannabis-in-your-condo-what-majority-is-needed Whereas the federal government is preparing the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, several syndicates of co-ownership are concerned of the impact this decision will have on their immovable. Therefore, it would be advisable that they ban growing and smoking cannabis. Even more so that presently many people consider, for various reasons, that this substance must be prohibited and that they should seize the opportunity to do so now. After the adoption of Bill C-45, such an exercise may be more difficult.
<![CDATA[Home Grown pot: Jean-Marc Fournier can rely on the Senate]]>

May 2, 2018 - Growing cannabis at home is a source of controversy in Quebec, as it intends to ban it on its territory. Even dough under Bill C-45 Ottawa seems determined to allow this practice in all provinces, it will find two provinces on its path: Quebec and Manitoba.

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2018-05-02T16:08:00+0000 2018-05-08T11:36:06+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2405-home-grown-pot-jeanmarc-fournier-can-rely-on-the-senate May 2, 2018 - Growing cannabis at home is a source of controversy in Quebec, as it intends to ban it on its territory. Even dough under Bill C-45 Ottawa seems determined to allow this practice in all provinces, it will find two provinces on its path: Quebec and Manitoba.
<![CDATA[Quebec, a fertile ground for single homeowners ]]> April 4, 2018 - Homeowners living alone in Canada are increasing in number. And Quebec is well ahead in this regard. Statistics Canada indicates that, in 2016, Quebec had the highest proportion of single person private households (33.3%).

If one adds the numerous single-parent families to this equation, the critical mass of individuals living alone and prospective property buyers should increase dramatically. For the time being, in 2006 couples accounted for 54.3% of private households in Quebec, and 53.0% in 2016.

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2018-04-03T20:27:00+0000 2018-04-15T10:02:32+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/purchase/news/2389-condo-a-fertile-ground-for-single-homeowners April 4, 2018 - Homeowners living alone in Canada are increasing in number. And Quebec is well ahead in this regard. Statistics Canada indicates that, in 2016, Quebec had the highest proportion of single person private households (33.3%). If one adds the numerous single-parent families to this equation, the critical mass of individuals living alone and prospective property buyers should increase dramatically. For the time being, in 2006 couples accounted for 54.3% of private households in Quebec, and 53.0% in 2016.
<![CDATA[Tobacco and cannabis ban in Hampstead]]>

February 7, 2018 - Smoking in public is no longer allowed in Hampstead. This prohibition will also apply to marijuana once legalized in Canada.

A proposed bylaw on tobacco products and other substances in the territory of Hampstead was adopted early February by City Council. The prohibition extends to parks, streets, sidewalks, municipal buildings and adjacent land. It includes pot.

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2018-03-07T17:05:00+0000 2018-07-25T23:20:21+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/your-rights/news/2381-tobacco-cannabis-ban-in-Hampstead February 7, 2018 - Smoking in public is no longer allowed in Hampstead. This prohibition will also apply to marijuana once legalized in Canada. A proposed bylaw on tobacco products and other substances in the territory of Hampstead was adopted early February by City Council. The prohibition extends to parks, streets, sidewalks, municipal buildings and adjacent land. It includes pot.
<![CDATA[Do I have to pay for 70 years old and up?]]>

Every January or February, the manager, the accountant or the administrator of the co-ownership syndicate must complete, at the request of the co-owners concerned, the form TPZ-1029.MD.5-V for the tax credit for home support services for seniors. Completing this form requires an analysis of the accounting books to use only eligible expenses. This work can take a lot of time, depending on the volume of transactions of the condominium. It is tempting to charge the co-owner requesting this form a fair amount of professional fees for the production of the said document. Especially that in condominiums, the trend is according to the user-pays principle. Can we do it?

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2018-02-27T11:34:00+0000 2018-03-16T21:46:50+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/management/chronicles/aline-desormeaux/2376-tax-credit-for-home-support Every January or February, the manager, the accountant or the administrator of the co-ownership syndicate must complete, at the request of the co-owners concerned, the form TPZ-1029.MD.5-V for the tax credit for home support services for seniors. Completing this form requires an analysis of the accounting books to use only eligible expenses. This work can take a lot of time, depending on the volume of transactions of the condominium. It is tempting to charge the co-owner requesting this form a fair amount of professional fees for the production of the said document. Especially that in condominiums, the trend is according to the user-pays principle. Can we do it?
<![CDATA[Prohibiting pot in the private portions of a co-ownership: it's feasible]]>

February 24, 2018 – The Syndicates of co-ownership who apprehend potential conflicts in their immovable, in view of the legalization of marijuana, can act effectively while there is still time. You should know that it is possible to ban this substance, both in the private and common portions, provided that you act before cannabis is decriminalized by the federal government.

Apartments held in co-ownerships can be poorly compartmentalized or have deficient ventilation. Thus, second-hand smoke - such as from tobacco and marijuana - makes its way into adjoining units, often resulting in neighborhood disturbances.

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2018-02-24T20:59:00+0000 2018-03-27T19:12:21+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2370-prohibiting-pot-in-private-portions February 24, 2018 – The Syndicates of co-ownership who apprehend potential conflicts in their immovable, in view of the legalization of marijuana, can act effectively while there is still time. You should know that it is possible to ban this substance, both in the private and common portions, provided that you act before cannabis is decriminalized by the federal government. Apartments held in co-ownerships can be poorly compartmentalized or have deficient ventilation. Thus, second-hand smoke - such as from tobacco and marijuana - makes its way into adjoining units, often resulting in neighborhood disturbances.
<![CDATA[Co-ownership legislative reform: Lise Thériault inherited a sensitive issue ]]> January 29, 2018 - After promising seemingly forever co-ownership legislative reform , Québec Minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée, passed the buck to her colleague Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for “l’habitation et la protection des consommateurs”( Housing and Consumer Protection) and this spring she wants to introduce a bill on a this pressing issue.

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2018-01-29T16:32:00+0000 2018-02-06T23:57:52+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/management/news/2352-co-ownership-legislative-reform-Lise-Thériault-inherited-a-sensitive-issue January 29, 2018 - After promising seemingly forever co-ownership legislative reform , Québec Minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée, passed the buck to her colleague Lise Thériault, Minister responsible for “l’habitation et la protection des consommateurs”( Housing and Consumer Protection) and this spring she wants to introduce a bill on a this pressing issue.
<![CDATA[Real estate transactions service and assistance enterprises: 183 call for help in 2017]]>

January 17, 2018 - The notion of real estate brokerage should be better defined, to avoid confusion regarding the protection of the public. This is what Nadine Lindsay, President and Chief Executive Officer of “l’Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier” (Real Estate Regulatory Organization-OACIQ), believes.

Nadine Lindsay recently took position on this issue at the occasion of Bill 141 tabled in September 2017, by means of a brief presented to the National Assembly. It includes four recommendations to "better protect the public" during a real estate and hypothecary transaction.

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2018-01-19T03:55:00+0000 2018-01-20T01:32:40+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/purchase/news/2344-real-estate-transactions-service-and-assistance-enterprises: January 17, 2018 - The notion of real estate brokerage should be better defined, to avoid confusion regarding the protection of the public. This is what Nadine Lindsay, President and Chief Executive Officer of “l’Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier” (Real Estate Regulatory Organization-OACIQ), believes. Nadine Lindsay recently took position on this issue at the occasion of Bill 141 tabled in September 2017, by means of a brief presented to the National Assembly. It includes four recommendations to "better protect the public" during a real estate and hypothecary transaction.
<![CDATA[Hiring co-ownership staff]]>

A syndicate of co-owners can sometimes evolve into a small and medium size enterprise, an SME. Even more so if it assigns personnel to the various common portions maintenance chores of the immovable.

Yet, people hired by a syndicate have rights. In fact, their prerogatives are the same as those in force in the labor market. It is better to be aware of them and to understand the consequences.

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2018-01-17T20:05:00+0000 2018-01-23T12:10:36+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/management/factsheets/2342-hiring-co-ownership-staff A syndicate of co-owners can sometimes evolve into a small and medium size enterprise, an SME. Even more so if it assigns personnel to the various common portions maintenance chores of the immovable. Yet, people hired by a syndicate have rights. In fact, their prerogatives are the same as those in force in the labor market. It is better to be aware of them and to understand the consequences.
<![CDATA[Yves Joli-Coeur talks about cannabis in co-ownerships on Radio-Canada]]>

January 12, 2018 - Smoking pot in one’s condo may disturb several co‑owners, if cannabis second-hand smoke migrates from your apartment to another. Lawyer emeritus and RGCQ's general secretary, Yves Joli-Coeur, foresees several difficult situations to manage in condos, when recreational purposes marijuana is officially legalized in the country.

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2018-01-13T03:19:00+0000 2018-06-05T17:30:35+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/management/news/2341-Yves-Joli-Coeur-talks-about-cannabis-in-co-ownerships-on-Radio-Canada January 12, 2018 - Smoking pot in one’s condo may disturb several co‑owners, if cannabis second-hand smoke migrates from your apartment to another. Lawyer emeritus and RGCQ's general secretary, Yves Joli-Coeur, foresees several difficult situations to manage in condos, when recreational purposes marijuana is officially legalized in the country.