August 14, 2022 - The phenomenon of psychological harassment in the workplace is increasingly reported and publicized. It manifests itself in many forms through intimidating, vexing and inappropriate behaviors. This scourge of society is being fought, wherever it occurs. No one can hide behind any legal status, including that of co-ownership. A syndicate of co-owners, as an employer, must take reasonable steps to prevent any form of psychological harassment among its employees and, when such conduct is brought to its attention, to put an end to it.
August 2, 2022- As important players in a co-ownership, employees of a syndicate of co-owners ensure its proper functioning by performing various services expected by residents. The syndicate is thus "the employer", responsible for the safety and health of its employee. Since 2004, the Act respecting labour standards provides that every employee has the right to a work environment free from all forms of psychological harassment. For example, in the event of a dispute caused by a co-owner who exerts regular pressure on the concierge or the doorman, the syndicate must take the necessary measures. If the emplyee files a complaint of harassment, the co-ownership may be held liable for the actions of one of its members.
May 3, 2022- The duty of maintenance and conservation of the building that falls to the administrators of a co-ownership involves one day doing business with construction contractors. Whether it is to replace the roof, renovate the entrance hall or repair brick siding and masonry, it is important to be vigilant when awarding such contracts, given their often very high costs.
As agents of the syndicate, directors must act with caution, in order to protect the interests of the community of co-owners. This translates into various rules that should be followed, especially when the work is important:
March 10th 2022 - The pre-acceptance inspection is a critical step in the process of acquiring a new property. A thorough and careful inspection is the best way to protect buyers from any unforeseen issues. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about the pre-acceptance inspection of the private portions and common areas of your co-owned property.
LITTLE REMINDER : Let us start by reminding you that in the new co-owned property market, the mandatory guarantee plan administered by Garantie de construction résidentielle (GCR) covers buildings held in divided co-ownership that have no more than four private portions stacked one above the other, as well as detached, semi-detached or row-type single-family houses held in co-ownership. “Condo towers” are not covered by the mandatory guarantee plan.
February 22, 2022 - The archives of a co-ownership are a set of documents kept being able to manage the building, prove rights or testify to certain activities. I am sometimes asked for how long documents filed in the co-ownership register should be kept by the syndicate. This is a fair question, since the legislator has given no explicit directions on this subject in the Civil Code.
It could be that its silence means, "You must keep everything, permanently !” As far as I am concerned, I rather lean in that direction.
The search for a good condo manager is like the quest for a good wine! Should you try several before finding the right one?
At the risk of having stomach disorders.
Or rather, it is necessary to know before the search for the right nectar the quality criteria that are flexibility, intensity, clarity ...
Well, let's go! Let's do like the tasters and look for the best qualities in French co-ownership manager (syndic), Quebecois co-ownership manager and why not elsewhere? Even in China because there are also Chinese co-ownership facing the same problem of quality research of the manager!
Here are the quality criteria of the syndic of co-ownership as they are seen on the side of France:
December 27, 2021- The Meeting of co-owners is a major event in the life of a co-ownership. A meeting at least once a year, it is decisive since it allows the making of major decisions that impact the lives and finances of the co-owners. The board of directors' mission is to take care of the convening and holding of the meeting of co-owners but also of the execution of the decisions it votes. Decisions taken have to appear clear and careful planning is required. It is also important to understand the rules that apply to it.
December 23, 2021- As an employer, a syndicate of co-ownership has a right of management with respect to its employees, that is to say the right to direct them. This right of management must, however, be exercised in compliance with employment rules.
It starts in the hiring process
Leading staff is much more than just assigning tasks to the employee. A good employer/employee relationship is created from the hiring process. Experience and job references are important points to consider, as well as the motivation, skills and background of the candidate, in order to select well. This step should not be overlooked.
November 18, 2021- When it comes to hiring labour in a co-ownership, many directors think that it would be simpler and less expensive if it were provided by contract that the janitor, for example, would be considered a "self-employed".
By doing so, it would not be appropriate to deduct deductions for tax purposes, or contributions to Employment Insurance or the Québec Pension Plan (QPP) at source. In addition, it is believed that this avoids red tape and contributions to the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). In short, it costs less and everyone is happy...
November 3, 2021— It is clear that confusion still persists today with the concepts of market value and insurance value. Indeed, many people and stakeholders in the real estate field do not distinguish between these two values, as well as between the concepts of replacement cost and reproduction cost, or even between the cost of new construction and the cost of reconstruction. But, first of all, how to distinguish the market value from the insurance value? Let us try here to disentangle all that.