Definition : Common expenses (condo fees)

Amounts of money required from the co-owners by the syndicate to meet the expenses arising from the co-ownership and the operation of the immovable, as well as the amounts to be paid into the contingency fund and the self-insurance fund. There are two main categories of charges: general common expenses relating to the administration, conservation and maintenance of the common portions and particular common expenses.The participation of each co-owner varies according to the nature of the charges.

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Allocation of common expenses between the vendor and the purchaser

Common expenses are payable by the person who is the title owner upon receipt of the notice of assessment. However, when selling a fraction, the buyer may be required to pay with interest for all common charges owed by the seller (Article 1069 of the Civil Code of Québec). It…...

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Common expenses: what your real estate broker has a duty to do or say

I want to know how the condo fees (common expenses) appearing in the ads of real estate agencies are established. These are not constant and put a doubt in the minds of those who want to buy in condominiums. Question: Is there a uniform directive in real estate agencies in…...

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Collection of unpaid common expenses

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Additional insurance premium: can we blame the offending co-owner?

A co-owner has repeatedly caused several water damages  in our building, due to his negligence. This resulted in a surcharge for the syndicate's insurance.   Question:  Can the board of directors claim the full amount from the co-owner who caused the loss?...

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Common expenses statement

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Common expenses

Before buying the apartment of your dreams, find out about the status of the common expenses associated with it, especially those that may have remained unpaid by the seller. Common expenses, better known as " condo fees", which you will have to pay once you become a homeowner, are an essential…...

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Financial documentation

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The declaration of co-ownership is intertwined with the purchase of an apartment held in divided co-ownership. A genuine "user's guide", this document defines the rules to be observed in the immovable, as well as its administrative and management guidelines. Before acquiring a condo, any careful buyer should, imperatively, read the declaration…...

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Notice of assessment (common expenses)

Three months ago, we were called to the annual general meeting of co-owners during which co-owners were consulted on the budget forecast. However since the AGM, we have not received a notice from the Board detailing the amount of our contribution to our co-ownership’s operating budget. Questions: Isn’t the syndicate…...

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Who has to pay for common expenses for unsold apartments?

  We have just bought a new apartment in a co-ownership of more than one hundred apartments. There are still several unsold units in the building. I am one of the newly elected directors at the special meeting for the election of the new board. We have asked the developer to…...

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