- Parking : Parking space
Definition : Parking - Parking space
Location of the building where the co-owners, lessees or occupants of the immovable have the right to park their vehicles. In divided co-ownership, the parking spaces may be qualified by the declaration of co-ownership as a private portion, a common portion, or a common portion for restricted use, as the case may be. This legal status, if it is a private portion, is attributed to it by the declaration of co-ownership, which designates it as a fraction.
Question: I plan to purchase the exclusive right of enjoyment of a parking space (common portions for restricted use) a few months after purchasing my apartement (parking is sold directly by the developer). Do I have to go to the notary to change my deed of purchase to indicate that parking is associated with my private portion ?
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Qu’ils soient intérieurs ou extérieurs, les stationnements d’une copropriété peuvent être un irritant, advenant que certaines personnes s'y garent au mauvais endroit. Comment gérer ces espaces très fréquentés, et pas toujours par les bonnes personnes? Si la surveillance de ces lieux n’est pas adéquate, ils peuvent devenir une porte d’entrée de choix pour les intrus.
The parking spaces legal status may differ within a co-ownership, depending on what the declaration of co-ownership (constituting act of the co-ownership) provides thereabout. These locations are either underground or outside of the immovable. The spaces designated as private portions must be distinguished from the others, which may be called common portions or common portions for restricted use. They each have their own characteristics. Every director must be made aware of same, so that the allocation of common expenses related to the maintenance or the work to be carried out is done properly. An outlook on the distinct legal status of co-ownership parking spaces.
Despite increased congestion and gridlock in major urban centers, many co-owners still favor the automobile as their means of transportation. The densification of cities accentuates chronic congestion, which contributes to scarce parking spots on the streets. The situation is not much better in the suburbs, since it is generally forbidden to park (at night) in the winter time. Access to parking is therefore an important issue for many co-owners and buyers.
Most often than not declarations of co-ownership (Constituting Act of co-ownership) designate the legal status of exterior parking spaces as common portions for restricted use. This is also true for indoor parkings, when the developer (declarant) decides that it is not necessary to create a specific lot number for each space. These are therefore an integral part of the lot constituting the common portions of the immovable.
Parking spaces qualified as private portions are commonplace in divided co-ownership. This special legal status is attributed to them by the declaration of co-ownership, which designates them as fractions in the section devoted to the description of the fractions. Like an apartment held in co-ownership, all these spaces have a unique lot number, along with a relative value, and a share. Their owners may, at a general meeting of co-owners, prevail themselves of the votes attached thereto. These votes are added, as the case may be, to those they have for their apartment
Section 1719 of the Civil code of Québec states that the seller must provide the buyer with a copy of the deed of purchase, as well as with a copy of the owner history and of the certificate of location he has on hand. Prepared by a land surveyor, the certificate of location is part of the property titles the seller must supply.
In the interest of the buyer, the certificate of location should clearly describe the current condition of all private portions (for instance, an apartment, a parking or storage space, or even land). Should the seller not have a certificate of location on hand (and unless the promise to purchase states otherwise), they will need to have one prepared, at their own expense.
The offer to purchase is an important step in any real estate purchase. To be valid, it must include a number of mandatory information, on pain of nullity. Thus, it must include the names of the parties involved, the identification of the coveted building and the purchase price offered.