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Definition : Parking
Location of the building or lot where the co-owners, lessees or occupants of the immovable have the right to park their vehicles. Parking is also composed of access roads. In divided co-ownership, the parking lot is presumed to be a common portion. It is therefore the responsibility of the syndicate of co-owners to ensure its maintenance and preservation. In addition, the parking spaces may be qualified by the declaration of co-ownership as common portions, common portions for restricted use, or private portions, as the case may be.
WARNING! Under the Building Chapter of the Safety Code, a co-ownership parking lot is subject to maintenance requirements and various verifications to ensure that this component remains safe. In particular, the syndicate must keep a register, carry out inspections and obtain an audit report from an engineer, according to certain terms and periodicities.
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.
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
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.
The duties and obligations of a syndicate are determined by law and the declaration of co-ownership. However, it is essential to fully understand those duties and obligations as their non-compliance towards a co-owner or another person could engage the civil responsibility of a syndicate.
Those duties and obligations are mainly aimed to ensure the preservation of the immovable, the administration of the common portions and the protection of the rights affecting the immovable or co-ownership, as well as all operations in the common interest.