Definition : Dematerialization

Action of creating or preserving documents related to the management of the building and co-ownership exclusively on computer media allowing their access and transmission online in a secure manner, by the co-owners, the directors and the condo manager. To be able to dematerialize certain documents, an amendment to the declaration of co-ownership may be required (e.g., to allow the email transmission of the notice calling the meeting to the co-owners).

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February 22, 2022 - The archives of a co-ownership are a set of documents kept being able to manage the building, prove rights or testify to certain activities. I am sometimes asked for how long documents filed in the co-ownership register should be kept by the syndicate. This is a fair question, since the legislator has given no explicit directions on this subject in the Civil Code. It could be that its silence means, "You must keep everything, permanently !” As far as I am concerned, I rather lean in that direction.
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The law provides that the syndicate must keep a register available to the co-owners. Article 342 of the Civil Code of Quebec specifies that the board of directors shall keep the list of members, as well as the books and registers necessary for the proper functioning of the legal person.  This register represents the memory of the building for those who administer it. It constitutes the history of the experience of the condominium from its conception, and this by specifying its maintenance and the work undertaken, while listing the contractors and suppliers who intervened. In this sense, it is invaluable. The syndicate must preserve for organizational and management purposes, or for legal protection and evidence purposes, all documents and information relating to the operation of the co-ownership. That is why "preservation", "access" and "archives" are the hallmarks of this register.
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