RSS condolegal 2018-05-26T19:49:17+0000 Zend_Feed_Writer http://en.condolegal.com/ condolegal contact@condolegal.com http://www.condolegal.com <![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 2018-03-24T11:47:12+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 2018-01-26T17:07:05+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.
<![CDATA[Free legal consultations - Pavilion Condo 2018]]> 29-copropriete-administrateurFrom February 8 to February 11, 2018│Reserve your place right now │

Once again this year, Condolegal.com offers 15 minutes free legal consultations to visitors of Pavilion Condo as part of ExpoHabitation 2018 to be held at the Olympic stadium from February 8 to February 11, 2018.

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2018-01-09T10:00:00+0000 2018-02-05T22:03:08+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/condolegal/events/1771-pavilion-condo-2018-and-free-legal-consultations From February 8 to February 11, 2018│Reserve your place right now │ Once again this year, Condolegal.com offers 15 minutes free legal consultations to visitors of Pavilion Condo as part of ExpoHabitation 2018 to be held at the Olympic stadium from February 8 to February 11, 2018.
<![CDATA[Satellite dish on a balcony]]>

A co-owner has placed a satellite dish on his balcony, while the declaration of co-ownership prohibits it.

Question: What should the board do in this situation?

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2017-12-28T10:59:00+0000 2017-12-28T12:11:38+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/your-rights/questions-answers/2338-satellite-dish-balcony A co-owner has placed a satellite dish on his balcony, while the declaration of co-ownership prohibits it. Question: What should the board do in this situation?
<![CDATA[Additional insurance premium: can we blame the offending co-owner?]]> A co-owner recently caused a water damage in our building. This resulted in a additional insurance premium for the syndicate's insurance. Question: Can the board of directors claim the total amount from the co-owner at the origin of the incident?

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2017-12-27T23:45:00+0000 2017-12-29T01:44:46+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/insurance/questions-answers/2337-Additional-insurance-premium-liability A co-owner recently caused a water damage in our building. This resulted in a additional insurance premium for the syndicate's insurance. Question: Can the board of directors claim the total amount from the co-owner at the origin of the incident?
<![CDATA[Co-owner's work : upon common portions for restricted use]]> 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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2017-12-27T12:50:00+0000 2018-01-11T10:29:41+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/work/questions-answers/2336-coowner-work-common-portions-restricted-use 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?
<![CDATA[The statement of financial position of the condominium]]>

The statement of financial position, also known as the balance sheet, lists the assets, liabilities and net assets of the co-ownership syndicate at a specific time. It is a picture of the financial situation at a given date compared to other statements that usually cover a full fiscal year.

The statement of financial position shows assets on one hand and liabilities and net assets on the other. Assets are always equal to liabilities plus net assets. Everyone knows the famous quote "nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed". This principle is reflected in accounting. The statement of financial position is always balanced since the asset is financed either by the creditors (liabilities) or by the co-owners (the net assets).

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2017-12-20T09:33:00+0000 2017-12-23T13:41:46+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/management/chronicles/aline-desormeaux/2335-statement-financial-condominium The statement of financial position, also known as the balance sheet, lists the assets, liabilities and net assets of the co-ownership syndicate at a specific time. It is a picture of the financial situation at a given date compared to other statements that usually cover a full fiscal year. The statement of financial position shows assets on one hand and liabilities and net assets on the other. Assets are always equal to liabilities plus net assets. Everyone knows the famous quote "nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed". This principle is reflected in accounting. The statement of financial position is always balanced since the asset is financed either by the creditors (liabilities) or by the co-owners (the net assets).
<![CDATA[Composition of the board of directors]]>

The Board of Directors (the Board) is made up of members called directors. Their appointment is subject to certain formalities. In this regard, article 1084 of the Civil Code of Québec provides that the composition of the Board of the syndicate, the method of appointment, replacement or remuneration of the directors, as well as the other terms and conditions of their office, are fixed by the by-laws of an immovable.

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2017-12-19T10:10:00+0000 2018-01-02T11:28:07+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/factsheets/under-sheets/2333-board-of-directors-composition The Board of Directors (the Board) is made up of members called directors. Their appointment is subject to certain formalities. In this regard, article 1084 of the Civil Code of Québec provides that the composition of the Board of the syndicate, the method of appointment, replacement or remuneration of the directors, as well as the other terms and conditions of their office, are fixed by the by-laws of an immovable.
<![CDATA[Ontario: compulsory license for co-ownership managers]]> December 9, 2017 - Ontario's recently introduced Protecting Co-Owners Act, 2015 provides, inter alia, mandatory training for co-ownership managers. As of January 30, 2018, they will be required to hold a license in good standing issued by CMRAO (the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario), otherwise they will no longer be able to offer their services to the syndicates of co-owners.

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2017-12-09T18:22:00+0000 2018-01-30T20:28:52+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/management/news/2328-ontario-compulsory-license-co-ownership-managers December 9, 2017 - Ontario's recently introduced Protecting Co-Owners Act, 2015 provides, inter alia, mandatory training for co-ownership managers. As of January 30, 2018, they will be required to hold a license in good standing issued by CMRAO (the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario), otherwise they will no longer be able to offer their services to the syndicates of co-owners.
<![CDATA[Minutes of the meetings of the board of directors ]]>

The decisions made by the directors must be noted and recorded in the minutes. These are is an essential co-ownership document, because it ensures the written preservation of the board of directors’ deliberations, and of the results of each vote, so that any co-owner and director can refer to them over time. It also allows to verify if the meeting of the Board of Directors was conducted within the rules. Given its importance, this document must respect a certain form.

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2017-12-06T09:41:00+0000 2018-01-12T04:30:16+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/factsheets/under-sheets/2325-minutes-meetings-board-of-directors The decisions made by the directors must be noted and recorded in the minutes. These are is an essential co-ownership document, because it ensures the written preservation of the board of directors’ deliberations, and of the results of each vote, so that any co-owner and director can refer to them over time. It also allows to verify if the meeting of the Board of Directors was conducted within the rules. Given its importance, this document must respect a certain form.
<![CDATA[A destitution general meeting should not be convened indiscriminately!]]> November 28, 2017 - The possible destitution of a director or of the entire Board of directors is often brought up when co-owners become dissatisfied with one of their decisions , when a faction intends to "take control" of a syndicate of co-owners and when expensive work is undertaken . This is a serious matter, both in small and large co-ownerships.

When and how to convene such a meeting?

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2017-11-28T18:48:00+0000 2018-01-29T07:41:23+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/chronicles/ghislain-raymond/2322-destitution-general-meeting November 28, 2017 - The possible destitution of a director or of the entire Board of directors is often brought up when co-owners become dissatisfied with one of their decisions , when a faction intends to "take control" of a syndicate of co-owners and when expensive work is undertaken . This is a serious matter, both in small and large co-ownerships. When and how to convene such a meeting?