August 27, 2022 — On June 22, 2022, the Government of Quebec published in the Gazette officielle du Québec a regulation amending the Regulation to establish various measures in matters of divided co-ownership insurance. The by-law amends the terms and conditions for establishing the minimum contribution to the self-insurance fund of an immovable held in divided co-ownership so that a contribution bringing the balance of the fund to more than $100,000 may be reduced. Nevertheless, a syndicate of co-owners may always decide to deposit in the auto insurance fund an amount greater than this amount, and this, according to its financial forecasts.
Le fonds d'auto assurance deviendra obligatoire le 15 avril 2022, en vertu de l’adoption du projet de loi 141, en 2018. Dans cette capsule vidéo, l'avocat émérite Yves Joli-Coeur explique les détails.
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 syndicates of co-ownership must set up a self-Insurance Fund to anticipate and finance, in particular, the expenses relating to the carrying out of future work following a loss. This fund is mandatory since April 15, 2022 following the adoption of the Bill 141, in 2018, which notably created section 1071.1 of the Civil Code of Québec. It had become necessary due to a substantial increase in insurance deductibles. Most of the time, the amount of these deductibles was formerly negligible, whereas today, it can reach tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Le fonds de prévoyance est le "bas de laine" d'une copropriété. Il sera indispensable lorsque viendra le temps d'engager des travaux majeurs dans l'immeuble, ou qu'il faudra remplacer des parties communes arrivées à échéance.