RSS condolegal 2022-09-30T09:48:51+0000 Zend_Feed_Writer http://en.condolegal.com/ condolegal contact@condolegal.com http://www.condolegal.com <![CDATA[Are the condominiums ready when the vaccination passport arrives?]]> August 21, 2021 - As of September 1, the vaccination passport will apply to certain activities deemed non-essential throughout Quebec. Bars, restaurants and gyms will be particularly affected by this measure. However, many wonder about such a mesure with regard to meetings of co-owners and meetings of the board of directors held face-to-face.

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2021-08-22T01:02:00+0000 2021-09-25T11:47:07+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/3087-co-ownership-vaccine-passport August 21, 2021 - As of September 1, the vaccination passport will apply to certain activities deemed non-essential throughout Quebec. Bars, restaurants and gyms will be particularly affected by this measure. However, many wonder about such a mesure with regard to meetings of co-owners and meetings of the board of directors held face-to-face.
<![CDATA[General meeting of virtual co-owners will be permitted]]>

April 27, 2020 - Virtual general meetings of co-owners are permitted until further notice, due to the coronavirus crisis (COVID-19). The Minister of Health and Social Services, Danielle McCann, has just announced this by ministerial order. This authorization will calm concerns expressed by several syndicates of co-owners, who see their operations paralyzed, because only in-person meetings of co-owners are permitted by the Civil Code of Quebec.

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2020-04-27T16:10:00+0000 2021-03-16T13:49:24+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2796-general-meeting-of-virtual-co-owners-will-be-permitted April 27, 2020 - Virtual general meetings of co-owners are permitted until further notice, due to the coronavirus crisis (COVID-19). The Minister of Health and Social Services, Danielle McCann, has just announced this by ministerial order. This authorization will calm concerns expressed by several syndicates of co-owners, who see their operations paralyzed, because only in-person meetings of co-owners are permitted by the Civil Code of Quebec.
<![CDATA[Radio-Canada: Co-ownership shaken up by COVID-19]]>

April 19, 2020 - Condolegal.com and Regroupement des gestionnaires et copropriétaires du Québec (RGCQ - Quebec Group of Managers and Co-owners) have received hundreds of questions over the past few weeks about the impact of COVID-19 on condominiums. They range from maintenance measures to traffic in the building, even police intervention. It is in this special context that the RGCQ's general secretary, lawyer emeritus Yves Joli-Coeur, gave an interview to Radio-Canada journalist Mathieu Dion.

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2020-04-19T13:55:00+0000 2021-08-25T17:05:05+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2793-Radio-Canada-Co-ownership-shaken-up-by-COVID-19 April 19, 2020 - Condolegal.com and Regroupement des gestionnaires et copropriétaires du Québec (RGCQ - Quebec Group of Managers and Co-owners) have received hundreds of questions over the past few weeks about the impact of COVID-19 on condominiums. They range from maintenance measures to traffic in the building, even police intervention. It is in this special context that the RGCQ's general secretary, lawyer emeritus Yves Joli-Coeur, gave an interview to Radio-Canada journalist Mathieu Dion.
<![CDATA[THE CORONAVIRUS SOWS DISSENT IN CO-OWNERSHIP]]>

March 24, 2020 - The discord settles in co-ownership in Quebec, because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the constraints it causes in several buildings. Some of their occupants questioned the legitimacy of the directors to make unpopular decisions.

Swimming pools, terraces, gyms, saunas, lounges and libraries are suddenly closed in order to comply with government directives, which now prohibit gatherings of individuals.

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2020-03-24T15:00:00+0000 2020-03-26T12:33:55+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2766-coronavirus-co-ownerships March 24, 2020 - The discord settles in co-ownership in Quebec, because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the constraints it causes in several buildings. Some of their occupants questioned the legitimacy of the directors to make unpopular decisions. Swimming pools, terraces, gyms, saunas, lounges and libraries are suddenly closed in order to comply with government directives, which now prohibit gatherings of individuals.
<![CDATA[A SURVEY ON THE CORONAVIRUS CONCERNED]]> March 15, 2020 - A recent online survey posted on Condolegal.com about the coronavirus (COVID-19) reveals that several Quebec condominiums have not taken any measures to prevent its spread. According to responses, up to now, approximately 80% of respondents confirm this reality.

It would be wise for condominium directors to take certain actions to counter the virus, such as clean door handles regularly in common areas, as well as elevator buttons.

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2020-03-15T18:21:00+0000 2020-03-26T12:34:57+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2756-survey-coronavirus March 15, 2020 - A recent online survey posted on Condolegal.com about the coronavirus (COVID-19) reveals that several Quebec condominiums have not taken any measures to prevent its spread. According to responses, up to now, approximately 80% of respondents confirm this reality. It would be wise for condominium directors to take certain actions to counter the virus, such as clean door handles regularly in common areas, as well as elevator buttons.
<![CDATA[Co-ownership management as seen by the international Francophonie]]> September 27, 2019 - The professionalization of condo managers, as well as the best practices to be deployed within this housing model, have been at the heart of debates for several years now in several French-speaking territories around the world. Whether in Quebec or in Europe, a number of players working in this field are meeting to discuss it.

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2019-09-27T20:01:00+0000 2022-04-16T02:51:57+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2675-co-ownership-management-as-seen-by-the-international-francophonie September 27, 2019 - The professionalization of condo managers, as well as the best practices to be deployed within this housing model, have been at the heart of debates for several years now in several French-speaking territories around the world. Whether in Quebec or in Europe, a number of players working in this field are meeting to discuss it.
<![CDATA[More interviews given by Yves Joli-Coeur on Bill 16]]> September 4, 2019 - Yves Joli-Coeur, lawyer emeritus and Secretary General of the RGCQ, gave two interviews yesterday on both the radio and television channels of Radio-Canada. The subject on the agenda was Bill 16, which aims to reform co-ownership law in Quebec.

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2019-09-04T14:33:00+0000 2020-02-15T18:48:33+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2664-more-interviews-given-by-yves-joli-coeur-on-bill-16 September 4, 2019 - Yves Joli-Coeur, lawyer emeritus and Secretary General of the RGCQ, gave two interviews yesterday on both the radio and television channels of Radio-Canada. The subject on the agenda was Bill 16, which aims to reform co-ownership law in Quebec.
<![CDATA[Co-owner-lessors would benefit from reading the by-laws of the immovable]]> July 16, 2019 - The peak of moving in and moving out is now behind us, even though relocations to other addresses are not yet complete in Quebec. For example, many people will move into a co-ownership as lessees. It therefore seems appropriate to recall certain elementary rules to be observed, in order to avoid problems that have no reason to be.

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2019-07-16T15:51:00+0000 2019-07-17T14:58:06+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2637-co-owner-lessors-would-benefit-from-reading-the-by-laws-of-the-immovable July 16, 2019 - The peak of moving in and moving out is now behind us, even though relocations to other addresses are not yet complete in Quebec. For example, many people will move into a co-ownership as lessees. It therefore seems appropriate to recall certain elementary rules to be observed, in order to avoid problems that have no reason to be.
<![CDATA[Elevator problems in Ontario co-ownerships]]> July 11, 2019 – There are many problems with elevators in Ontario co-ownerships. One of the main concerns they generate is logistical, due to a shortage of elevator technicians in this province. Moreover, it is very common for service calls to require a delay before someone can come to make the required repairs.

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2019-07-10T18:25:00+0000 2019-07-11T13:35:59+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2633-elevator-problems-in-ontario-co-ownerships July 11, 2019 – There are many problems with elevators in Ontario co-ownerships. One of the main concerns they generate is logistical, due to a shortage of elevator technicians in this province. Moreover, it is very common for service calls to require a delay before someone can come to make the required repairs.
<![CDATA[Told to take down a flag that failed to comply with a by-law ]]> March 14, 2019 — A Canadian flag is causing some turmoil within a condominium community located in Carligwood Mall (Ottawa). Because the flag (which was Installed over a co-owner’s garage door) appears to go against a by-law included in the declaration of co-ownership, the board of directors demands that it be taken down.

The owner of the flag, Major Michael Mitchell, does not intend to obey such a request. Quite to the contrary, he maintains that one is perfectly justified to display a Canadian flag as a sign of nationalism. In fact, it would seem that the flag proudly waved for eight months before the board of directors raised the issue with Mr. Mitchell.

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2019-03-14T15:14:00+0000 2019-03-29T19:49:16+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2566-Told-to-take-down-a-flag-that-failed-to-comply-with-a-by-law March 14, 2019 — A Canadian flag is causing some turmoil within a condominium community located in Carligwood Mall (Ottawa). Because the flag (which was Installed over a co-owner’s garage door) appears to go against a by-law included in the declaration of co-ownership, the board of directors demands that it be taken down. The owner of the flag, Major Michael Mitchell, does not intend to obey such a request. Quite to the contrary, he maintains that one is perfectly justified to display a Canadian flag as a sign of nationalism. In fact, it would seem that the flag proudly waved for eight months before the board of directors raised the issue with Mr. Mitchell.
<![CDATA[Condo corporations rushing to prohibit pot smoking before legalization ]]> July 25, 2018 - The cannabis prohibition in co-ownerships is presently a hot topic. Lawyer Maxime St-Onge, from de Grandpré Joli-Cœur, gave an overview thereof this morning on Global News.

While several Canadian co-owners syndicates are racing against the clock to ban pot in their immovable, the young lawyer confirms that Montreal is no exception as cannabis decriminalization will officially come into effect on October 7th.

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2018-07-25T19:45:00+0000 2018-08-22T16:39:46+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2445-condo-corporations-rushing-prohibit-pot-smoking-before-legalization July 25, 2018 - The cannabis prohibition in co-ownerships is presently a hot topic. Lawyer Maxime St-Onge, from de Grandpré Joli-Cœur, gave an overview thereof this morning on Global News. While several Canadian co-owners syndicates are racing against the clock to ban pot in their immovable, the young lawyer confirms that Montreal is no exception as cannabis decriminalization will officially come into effect on October 7th.
<![CDATA[Religious accommodations and co-ownership: a new reality]]> May 25, 2018 - Syndicates of co-owners must deal with a new phenomenon: religious symbols. This issue must be treated with utmost caution, more particularly where a by-law prohibits public signs in a co-ownership.

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2018-05-25T17:38:00+0000 2018-06-04T20:58:47+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2417-religious-accommodations-and-co-ownership May 25, 2018 - Syndicates of co-owners must deal with a new phenomenon: religious symbols. This issue must be treated with utmost caution, more particularly where a by-law prohibits public signs in a co-ownership.
<![CDATA[Is the government doing enough for Quebec co-owners?]]> May 23, 2018 – An omnibus reform bill being in preparation, Condolegal.com invites the general public and its regulars Internet users to participate to a survey, in answering a simple question: Do you consider that the Quebec government is doing enough to protect co-owners rights? All you have to do is answer: yes or no.

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2018-05-23T20:39:00+0000 2018-05-25T09:34:08+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2413-government-doing-enough-for-Quebec-co-owners-yes-no May 23, 2018 – An omnibus reform bill being in preparation, Condolegal.com invites the general public and its regulars Internet users to participate to a survey, in answering a simple question: Do you consider that the Quebec government is doing enough to protect co-owners rights? All you have to do is answer: yes or no.
<![CDATA[Home Grown pot: Jean-Marc Fournier can rely on the Senate]]>

May 2, 2018 - Growing cannabis at home is a source of controversy in Quebec, as it intends to ban it on its territory. Even dough under Bill C-45 Ottawa seems determined to allow this practice in all provinces, it will find two provinces on its path: Quebec and Manitoba.

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2018-05-02T16:08:00+0000 2018-05-08T11:36:06+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2405-home-grown-pot-jeanmarc-fournier-can-rely-on-the-senate May 2, 2018 - Growing cannabis at home is a source of controversy in Quebec, as it intends to ban it on its territory. Even dough under Bill C-45 Ottawa seems determined to allow this practice in all provinces, it will find two provinces on its path: Quebec and Manitoba.
<![CDATA[$ 500,000 in unpaid condo fees]]> October 25, 2017 -- Unpaid condo fees worry the co-owners who end up being saddled with them, as the syndicate of co-owners' of Place St. Laurent in Rimouski is well aware .It had to resort to the Superior Court to claim its due.

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2017-10-25T15:38:00+0000 2017-11-13T10:54:03+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2305-$ 500,000-unpaid-condo-fees October 25, 2017 -- Unpaid condo fees worry the co-owners who end up being saddled with them, as the syndicate of co-owners' of Place St. Laurent in Rimouski is well aware .It had to resort to the Superior Court to claim its due.
<![CDATA[Mandatory training for condo directors]]>

September 29, 2017 - Condolegal.com recently announced that the Ontario government established a condominium authority, (Condominium Authority of Ontario -CAO). Among the new measures adopted, it will impose mandatory training for co-ownership directors under the Protecting Condominium Owners Act.

Over the next two months, the CAO will be proposing four director training on-line pilot projects, divided into four components:

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2017-09-29T18:21:00+0000 2017-10-03T11:46:17+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2296-Mandatory-training-condo-directors September 29, 2017 - Condolegal.com recently announced that the Ontario government established a condominium authority, (Condominium Authority of Ontario -CAO). Among the new measures adopted, it will impose mandatory training for co-ownership directors under the Protecting Condominium Owners Act. Over the next two months, the CAO will be proposing four director training on-line pilot projects, divided into four components:
<![CDATA[The co-ownership tempest in a “cannabis pot” ]]>

September 13, 2017 - The upcoming cannabis legalization is the object of a growing co-ownerships controversy. Neighborhood disturbances are likely to increase, as tobacco smoking already generates several co-owners conflicts, due to second-hand smoke migrating from one unit to another in some buildings.

Lawyer Sébastien Fiset believes that if pot is legalized for recreational purposes in Canada, the Québec Tobacco Control Act should apply. But would a syndicate succeed in prohibiting its use in the private portions of a co-ownership? Quebec case law tells us that this has already happened with smoking.

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2017-09-13T16:56:00+0000 2020-12-04T17:13:57+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2288-cannabis September 13, 2017 - The upcoming cannabis legalization is the object of a growing co-ownerships controversy. Neighborhood disturbances are likely to increase, as tobacco smoking already generates several co-owners conflicts, due to second-hand smoke migrating from one unit to another in some buildings. Lawyer Sébastien Fiset believes that if pot is legalized for recreational purposes in Canada, the Québec Tobacco Control Act should apply. But would a syndicate succeed in prohibiting its use in the private portions of a co-ownership? Quebec case law tells us that this has already happened with smoking.
<![CDATA[An Ontario Condominium Court ]]>

July 6, 2017 - Ontario condominium legislation is far ahead of Quebec. The Condominium Owners Protection Act, 2015, substantially enhanced the Condominium Act, 1998, .It includes the creation of a condominium authority, being the equivalent of a co-ownership Board. This authority will officially enter into service on February 1, 2018.

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2017-07-06T23:28:00+0000 2017-09-29T18:54:26+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2265-ontario-condominium-court July 6, 2017 - Ontario condominium legislation is far ahead of Quebec. The Condominium Owners Protection Act, 2015, substantially enhanced the Condominium Act, 1998, .It includes the creation of a condominium authority, being the equivalent of a co-ownership Board. This authority will officially enter into service on February 1, 2018.
<![CDATA[Co-ownerships : beware of fraudsters]]> June 5, 2017 - The State of Florida is expected to pass a bill on July 1, 2017 that will punish directors and managers of dishonest co-ownerships.

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2017-06-05T15:50:00+0000 2017-07-10T13:45:45+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2251-co-ownerships-_-beware-of-fraudsters June 5, 2017 - The State of Florida is expected to pass a bill on July 1, 2017 that will punish directors and managers of dishonest co-ownerships.
<![CDATA[Airbnb rental : Are you in good standing?]]>

May 29, 2017 - The vast majority of Quebecers who lease their condo in the short term (less than 31 days) would be in breach of the law, according to information obtained by La Presse.

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2017-05-29T13:54:00+0000 2017-07-10T14:15:53+0000 http://en.condolegal.com/syndicate/news/2248-airbnb-rental-_-are-you-in-good-standing? May 29, 2017 - The vast majority of Quebecers who lease their condo in the short term (less than 31 days) would be in breach of the law, according to information obtained by La Presse.