Richard LeCouffe has been a lawyer since 1976. He is a graduate from the Université de Montréal, from which institution he received his law degree (LL.L.) in 1974.
During his career, although Me LeCouffe was mostly involved in labour and employment law affairs and negotiating labour collective agreements, he also had the opportunity to become very familiar with condominium law. Among other things, he has contributed in the writing of many articles, books, conferences, memoirs and legal procedures on the latter subject.
December 14th 2015 - Besides seeing to the respect of the declaration of co-ownership, you as directors of a condominium must ensure the maintenance and conservation of the building. It is your uppermost duty and the majority of your tasks ensue from this fundamental obligation.
This mission translates into various steps, such as:
It is regrettable that some directors neglect or even refuse to perform these tasks, on the pretext that it is too costly. In doing so, these directors fail to protect the interests of the co-owners as a whole. Such failure to act or procrastination is unacceptable, since the Syndicate (and possibly the directors also) could be held responsible for damages incurred by the co-owners or any other person for that matter.
Indeed, your mandate as director requires that you act responsibly and that you avoid sumptuous or unnecessary expenses. However, you cannot neglect your duties to ensure the maintenance and conservation of the building, which require that every necessary step is taken to fulfill this obligation. It is your uppermost mission and duty. Please do it correctly!
Richard LeCouffe, Lawyer
1801, avenue McGill College
Montréal (Québec) H3A 3H3
Tél. : (514) 335-9595 / sans frais 855 633.6326
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