The law regulates the liability of contractors and building professionals for any problem related to the quality of construction work. In this regard, the legislator has provided for a specific protection regime for divided co-ownership. Section 1081 of the Civil Code of Québec recognizes the legal interest of any syndicate of co-owners to assert the rights of all co-owners to correct defects that appear, in the short or long term. This could occur during the initial construction of the building, or during work carried out several years after its erection. In short, when problems affect the common portions, the syndicate benefits from several legal warranties. Among them is the one against latent defects, design or construction defects. These warranties are worth their weight in gold, because very often, the cost of the work to be carried out in a co-ownership can be substantial.
Co-ownership conflicts often arise from a lack of knowledge of the rules governing the immovable, a lack of communication or transparency, or from an unresolved misunderstanding.
In such cases, a trial is not the only avenue. Before commencing legal proceedings, and even once they are engaged, it is still time to opt for the services of a mediator. The latter could resolve the conflict between co-owners or with the members of the board of directors.
La copropriété est un environnement propice aux conflits et aux échanges acrimonieux. Certaines personnes membres d’une collectivité de copropriétaires en sont parfois victimes. Cela peut notamment se produire lors d’une assemblée générale annuelle, lorsque les esprits s’échauffent et que les frustrations sont à leur comble. Conflits larvés entre un copropriétaire et un administrateur, profond désaccord au sujet d’une résolution mise au vote, débordements à la suite d’une tension insoutenable sont autant d’exemples qui illustrent qu’en pareilles situations, des propos diffamatoires ou injurieux peuvent être exprimés.