Definition : Contingency fund - Contribution to the contingency fund

Amounts of money required from the co-owners by the syndicate of co-owners to build up financial reserves (contingency fund) to be used to pay for future work related to major repairs and replacements of the common portions

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At our last annual co-owner's meeting, the board of directors informed us that it was going to take $10,000 from our contingency fund to set up a self-insurance fund. To justify their decision, the directors said that this will allow to avoid putting up a special assessment. Several co-owners seemed to agree. Question: Can the board unilaterally decide to use part of the sums accumulated in the contingency fund to set up a self-insurance fund without consulting or obtaining the approval of the co-owners? And if so is this a good way to manage the funds of our co-ownership?
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The Contingency Fund is to be used strictly for major repairs and replacements of common portions. It should not be used to fund their maintenance.
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Question:  We have accumulated significant sums for the repair of the roof, which is to take place in ten years. As part of the sale of my apartment, can I ask the buyer or the syndicate for a refund of the contributions I have paid to the contingency fund?
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Co-ownership work is of the utmost importance. Yet, they are more often than not overlooked by the syndicates of co-owners. Work that needs to be done in common portions can be minor or major in scope. Yet one needs money to pay for them. Good financial planning is therefore advisable in the medium and long term, so that the community of co-owners can adequately protect its real estate investment. Replacing windows, the roof or rehabilitating the underground parking slabs, to name just a few examples, is usually very expensive. Three options are available to the syndicate to pay for this work:
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À partir des différents scénarios couverts par l’étude du fonds de prévoyance, le conseil d’administration établit le plan de financement qu’il privilégie. C’est en fonction de ce plan qu’il pourra fixer la contribution des copropriétaires au fonds de prévoyance.
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Lorsqu'il s'agit de réparations majeures ou du remplacement des parties communes, on tient compte de l'obligation de conservation de l'immeuble imposée au syndicat et son corollaire : la constitution d'un fonds de prévoyance. La contribution requise des copropriétaires au fonds de prévoyance variera selon la méthode de calcul choisie par le professionnel retenu par les membres du conseil d’administration. Quant à sa répartition entre les copropriétaires, celle-ci est généralement établie en fonction de la valeur relative de leur fraction. Toutefois, l’article 1064 du Code civil du Québec vient pondérer cette règle. On y précise que la déclaration de copropriété peut prévoir une répartition différente de la contribution des copropriétaires aux charges relatives aux réparations majeures aux parties communes à usage restreint et au remplacement de ces parties.
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I am a recent co-owner. The building I live in has 10 units. The contribution to contingency fund is substantial. In fact, it represents 20% of the budget of the co-ownership! That seems excessive. Question: Is there a ceiling to the amounts to be paid in the contingency fund?
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The contingency fund is set up on the basis of forward planning limited to certain works, namely those aimed at the conservation of the common portions. This collective savings thus makes it possible to finance the execution of works allowing the rehabilitation of the common portions as well as the common portions for restricted use. The contingency fund must be used to pay the cost of very specific work, namely those relating to major repairs or the replacement of the common portions of the building. The board of directors must therefore be able to clearly identify what constitutes the common portions and what the notion of major repairs and replacement of the common portions means.
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