Definition : Common expenses (condo fees) - Allocation key

Method allowing the allocation of common expenses between the various co-owners. This method must take into account the relative value of each fraction and the cost generated by the use by the co-owners of the common portions for restricted use.

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Administrative, maintenance, replacement, improvement or alteration expenses of the common portions are divided among the co-owners. General common expenses are to be distinguished from particular common expenses, which are allocated under different rules. In the first case, it is the relative value of each fraction that is used to establish the co-owners contribution. As for special common expenses arising from common portions for restricted use, the co-owners using them are alone responsible of the expenses resulting therefrom.  
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Managing a co-ownership requires accounting and financial skills. If the manager masters them, he will be able, under the supervision of the board of directors, to play a crucial role in the proper operation of the immovable. For instance, he will know how to balance budgets and manage efficiently the funds of the co-ownership such as monitoring contracts with various service providers, the payroll (salary of the janitor) and the work to be done in the short, medium and long term. A review of the various financial tasks that could be entrusted to the co-ownership manager.
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Common expenses or “condo fees”; you will have to pay them once you become an co-owner. They are an important element to consider before your purchase.
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Three months ago, we were called to the annual general meeting of co-owners during which co-owners were consulted on the budget forecast. However since the AGM, we have not received a notice from the Board detailing the amount of our contribution to our co-ownership’s operating budget. Questions: Isn’t the syndicate required to send a notice of assessment for common expenses? If so, what should it provide?
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