Definition : Divided co-ownership - Horizontal co-ownership

A co-ownership comprising private portions and common portions situated one beside another (for example, townhouses). The actual presence of a building is not a prior condition to the establishment of such a co-ownership as the existence of land, wich in turn has been divided suffices.This type of co-ownership is the least used type of co-ownership.

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By purchasing a condo (apartment) in a residential tower, you automatically become an owner in a vertical co-ownership. You can also be in a divided co-ownership, if you purchase a house (semi-detached or townhouse), built on the same lot than other individual homes.  It is then called a horizontal co-ownership.
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The characteristic of divided co-ownership is to divide the building into various lots that will be the exclusive property of the co-owners (private portions), and for others that will be the property of all the co-owners (common portions). These lots are identified by an individual number, which was assigned during the cadastral operation. Each of the private lots of the co-ownership thus constituted becomes a unique property. The distinction between the common and private portions is essential, particularly from the point of view of maintenance, which is the responsibility of the syndicate of co-owners for the common portions and of the co-owners for the private portions.   
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