July 11, 2019 – There are many problems with elevators in Ontario co-ownerships. One of the main concerns they generate is logistical, due to a shortage of elevator technicians in this province. Moreover, it is very common for service calls to require a delay before someone can come to make the required repairs.
June 27, 2019 – Toronto and Vancouver are the two worst cities, in the country, in terms of affordability of property. Despite the threshold of housing affordability having improved significantly in Toronto, in 2018, it remains higher than ever. Vancouver is no exception, where the affordability crisis also persists in this region. This is reflected in RBC's recent report Housing Trends and Affordability.
‘’Severe affordability issues remain a major obstacle for all but the wealthiest in Vancouver, Toronto and Victoria’’, says this report. In Toronto, the overall RBC measure was 66% in the first quarter of 2018. This measure expresses a proportion of a household's income. Its decrease indicates an increase in the affordability of property. Prices are beginning to rise "moderately" in Toronto, however, "RBC sees little prospect of significant improvement in the near term’’.
June 26, 2019 – Emeritus Lawyer and secretary general of the RGCQ, Yves Joli-Coeur, was in attendance (for a second time in two weeks) at the 98.5 FM radio station, where host Isabelle Maréchal was waiting for him.
Last week, this lawyer was asked to comment on a regulatory modernization project submitted by the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec, which wants to better regulate short-term Airbnb-type leasing. This week, he spoke to the audience listening to a an issue related to the co-owner’s liability insurance.
June 19, 2019 - Smoke detectors with a 9-volt battery are a thing of the past in Montreal. From June 20, the city will require that they be replaced by devices equipped with a non-removable lithium battery, whose life expectancy is 10 years. This new rule applies to buildings constructed before 1985.
We all thought Bill 401 had died on the agenda, but as a phoenix it is rising from its ashes. The Quebec Government has basically kept its main components and drafted a new version, namely Bill 16, which aims, inter alia, to provide divided co ownership with an improved framework by the means of amendments to several articles of the Civil Code of Quebec.
In doing so, the Quebec government is consistent with its election promises. Several leading legal advisers are of the view that the government is thereby showing its concern of the state of repair and condition of immovables held in co-ownership.
March 21st, 2019 — A brand new service, the 24 Legal Hours, is now provided to real estate brokers who conduct business in the field of co-ownership. Because dealing with the peculiarities of condominiums may at time prove tiresome, consulting with an expert team of lawyers may help bring up practical solutions and strategies.
Relying on the know-how of experienced attorneys and notaries, de Grandpré Joli-Coeur knows better than anyone that a transaction involving a condominium may hide several traps one would be wise to avoid. Considering that in the context of a transaction many prospective buyers and sellers will entrust their needs to a real estate broker, nothing should be left to chance.
March 20th, 2019 — Co-ownership is becoming more and more popular in Montréal. Whether one focuses on the island itself or on its South or North Shores, it is clear that the condominium market is in full bloom.
In fact, Yanick Desnoyers, as director of the Market Assessment department of the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards (QFREB), recently pointed out that “In 2018, transactions involving a condominium accounted for 53% of the real estate market, whereas they reached a mere 19% in 2000.”
March 14, 2019 — A Canadian flag is causing some turmoil within a condominium community located in Carligwood Mall (Ottawa). Because the flag (which was Installed over a co-owner’s garage door) appears to go against a by-law included in the declaration of co-ownership, the board of directors demands that it be taken down.
The owner of the flag, Major Michael Mitchell, does not intend to obey such a request. Quite to the contrary, he maintains that one is perfectly justified to display a Canadian flag as a sign of nationalism. In fact, it would seem that the flag proudly waved for eight months before the board of directors raised the issue with Mr. Mitchell.
January 22, 2019 - Confusion reigns in Quebec co-ownership insurance. This state of affairs has been summarized by journalist Stéphanie Grammond, of the daily La Presse, in a recent article on with Bill 141’s adoption. Its new provisions have created" chaos in condo insurance" because its interpretation does not always reflect reality.
The current problem is daunting, as insurers, adjusters and also property and casualty insurance brokers have diverging views regarding 141’s specific content, so that syndicates of co-owners' and co-owners themselves end up being victimised.
January 14, 2019 - Quebec case law was further enhanced by a recent decision concerning co-ownership noise. The judgment, which deals with sensitive neighborhood annoyances issues was rendered by Honorable Luc Huppé, Court of Quebec Judge, sitting in the Small Claims Division.
This case established that a co-owners-lessor can be held responsible for neighborhood annoyances caused by their lessee. And that if they do not address the problem, they could be sued for damages and ordered to pay substantial amounts.