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Construction « under the table » in co-ownership

  In compliance with its legal obligations to preserve the building, a syndicate of co-owners is frequently called upon to retain the services of contractors over the years to carry out, among other things, conversion work in the common portions. In this regard, the directors forming the board of directors of the syndicate have the obligation to act with prudence, honesty and loyalty and in the interest of the community of co-owners, in accordance with Article 322 of the Civil…...



Water Infiltration in co-ownership

February 11, 2024 - Water infiltrations, often subtle and insidious, can persist for a long time before being detected. They sometimes manifest under very specific weather conditions, and it can take years before a new infiltration occurs, as all the factors came together at that moment for the water to seep in. Identifying and acting Infiltrations refer to the penetration of water into the structures of a building, such as walls and floors. If not…...



Impacts en France de la Loi climat sur les transactions immobilières

La Loi française « CLIMAT ET RESILIENCE » provoque un débat passionné parmi les professionnels immobiliers et le public concernés soit les propriétaires de logements d’habitation qui ne sont pas suffisamment isolés et vont être interdits de location ou d’augmentation de loyer tant que les travaux ne sont pas faits. Les transactions immobilières se bloquent. Les propriétaires cherchent à se débarrasser de leurs logements, mais attention !  ...



Prevention Instead of Cure: The Situation at SDC Square Cartier

Every step of a construction project is crucial to its success. The Square Cartier co-ownership, which has recently been the subject of a lot of media coverage, is the perfect example of a poorly planned construction project. Indeed, it seems that the preliminary phases of this project suffered from a lack of research and analysis, leading the co-ownership to the situation it is in today: uninsurable and drowning in claims. In this column, we'll analyze…...



Trust qualified professionals

August 5, 2023 - Experience in building envelopes is a crucial factor, especially in the current context marked by the stringent requirements of the Building Chapter of the Safety Code (CBCS). Given the obligation for condominium associations to conduct periodic inspections, choosing a qualified professional becomes essential. This particularly resonates with my 35-year journey as an architect who has developed solid skills in this field. Despite my extensive experience, I remain humble and aware of…...



Dossier Pimbina : comment prévenir les désastres ?

28 avril 2023 - Le cas de la copropriété Pimbina est une réelle catastrophe pour ses nombreux copropriétaires. Les nombreux problèmes de qualité des constructions résidentielles au Québec sont bien réels. Plusieurs acteurs de l’industrie voient depuis longtemps la fumée à l’horizon et s’époumonent à crier au feu, mais nos institutions semblent souffrir de cécité et de surdité. Au quotidien, nous aidons des copropriétés qui subissent les coûteuses conséquences de problèmes de qualité datant de la conception…...



Contingency fund study (transitional measures and entry into force)

The new provisions introduced by Bill 16 will bring about many changes regarding the contingency fund in a co-ownership. It will be mandatory to obtain a contingency fund study, which will establish the necessary amounts so that the fund is sufficient to cover the estimated cost of major repairs and replacement of the common elements (art. 1071 of the Civil Code of Quebec). The miminal content of this study and the professionals who will be…...



The imperative of maintenance in co-ownership

December 10, 2012 - Proper governance of a co-ownsership building starts with diligent and thorough maintenance. Unfortunately, this responsibility is often overlooked by many co-ownership syndicates until the consequences of their procrastination result in exorbitant repair costs. History has shown that delaying necessary maintenance work only worsens and increases expenses exponentially. Neglecting preventive maintenance and regular inspections can lead to catastrophic failures, compromising the safety of residents and the value of their real estate investment....



Inspecter son stationnement, c’est payant !

Si vous habitez, administrez ou gérez une copropriété possédant un stationnement souterrain, vous avez fort probablement entendu parler de la loi 122 (chapitre bâtiment du Code de sécurité) adoptée il y a quelques années. Une des dispositions de cette loi cible les parcs de stationnement étagés. Si votre stationnement possède une zone de roulement ne reposant pas au sol, la loi exige, entre autres choses, qu’une vérification approfondie soit faite tous les 5 ans par…...



The importance of long-term vision

November 21, 2022 - The management of a co-ownership requires a long-term vision that not only takes into account immediate needs but also the future implications of maintenance and renovation decisions. A strategic approach involves regularly evaluating the condition of the building and planning necessary interventions before problems become critical. In one of my columns, I highlighted a troubling issue affecting many co-ownerships in Quebec: the lack of maintenance of the real estate heritage. This…...

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