Definition : - Abnormal neighborhood disturbance.

Nuisances that exceed the normal annoyances  that the neighbors must accept (noise, odors, dust, smoke, etc.), according to the nature or location of their land, dwelling or local usage. In divided co-ownership, the Civil Code of Quebec specifies that each co-owner freely uses and enjoys his private part and the common parts, on the condition of respecting the rules of the building and the destination of the immoveable, and not infringing on the rights of the other co-owners. This is why the By-laws of the immovable generally contain clauses sanctioning abnormal neighborhood disturbances. The victim of a neighborhood disturbance may apply to the court for an application for injunction or damages against the person who causes it, when it is continuous or repetitive and the inconvenience caused is real and serious

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The co-owner of the apartment below ours uses the barbecue on his balcony almost daily. The smoke and smell of grilled meat are so strong that I no longer wish to use my balcony. These fumes force me to keep my patio door and my windows closed. Question: Are there legal provisions to assert my rights?
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