BY: Élie Boridy, administrator, Syndicat des copropriétaires du 995 Muir

Borough Saint-Laurent, Montréal

Le bon coproprietair

A co-owner is neither the sole owner of the building nor a tenant. He must be aware that he lives in a community and consequently he has to accept that as a co-owner he has obligations and responsibilities.  The problems arisen in co-ownership buildings are often the result of co-owners behaving as tenants or, in the other extreme, acting as sole owner, without being accountable to nobody.

On the other hand a good co-owner complies with the Law, with the Civil code of Quebec, with the Declaration of co-ownership and with each of the building regulations. He acknowledges that he made a legal commitment by signing the act of purchase in front of the notary; He also has to follow simple common sense.

A good co-owner will do the following:

  1. Behaves in the respect of article 1063 of Quebec Civil code;
  2. Acts any time in a responsible way not only of its private part but also for the common areas;
  3. Behaves with his neighbors with consideration, respect, courtesy and civiility;
  4. Pays his/her " condo fees" as required and on time;
  5. No item of any kind, such as mats, shoes, boots, umbrellas, boxes, garbage bags etc., maybe left in the hallways or other common areas;
  6. Participates in preserving the integrity of the common spaces, carpets and walls of hallways;
  7. Ensures that garbage is secured in an appropriate bag before throwing it in the garbage disposal chute;
  8. Does not throw bottles and other heavy objects in the garbage disposal chute;
  9. Recycles the recyclable products by using the recycling bin located in the garage;
  10. Does not shake sheets, tablecloths, curtains, blankets or carpets on his balcony or in the fire escapes;
  11. Does not hang clothes on its balcony;
  12. Before a moving asks  the administration of the building to reserve and protect an elevator;
  13. Uses his/her kitchen fan to minimize cooking odors propagating through the building;
  14. Does not wash the floor of the balcony by pouring buckets of water;
  15. Does not disturb the neighbors underneath when watering his/her flowers and plants on his/her balcony; 
  16. Does not use the balcony for storage;
  17. Places on the balcony only seasonal furnishings and possibly flowers;
  18. Does not place on its balcony or patio bicycles – these must be stored in its parking space in the garage;
  19. Hangs no object on the front door of the unit, and makes no modification on his/her condo unit door;
  20. Does not clean  shoes on the hallway carpets in front of the condo unit;
  21. Does not alter common areas, including building outer walls and the grounds surrounding the building;
  22. No yelling or excessive noise allowed in hallways, in its condo units and on its balcony;
  23. Does not hang anything on its balcony except for flowers on the inside of its railings;
  24. Does not hang any posters on the balcony or windows especially  " FOR SALE or FOR RENT" posters;
  25. Does not smoke in the common spaces (corridors, staircases, lobby, elevators, basement, etc.) or throw butts over the balcony;
  26. Does not throw cigarette butts over the balcony and does not put out cigarette butts on the premises of the building;
  27. Does not aerate his/her unit by opening the door of its unit to propagate in the corridors the smells of tobacco and cooking;
  28. Observes the regulation forbidding the installation of antennas and outside saucers;
  29. Does not do any repairs on his/her car in the parking structure or any other common spaces;
  30. Uses the parking space  assigned to him/her and does not encroach on the nearby spaces;
  31. Does not park his/her car in front of the main entrance of the building;
  32. Does not let his/her dog make its needs in the common spaces, particularly on the lawn of the building;
  33. In the common spaces, always holds his/her dog with a short leash or carries it in the his/her arms;
  34. Is always vigilant and does not let in unknown persons in the building;
  35. Informs the administrators of any suspicious behaviors;
  36. Informs the administrators of any prolonged absences and ensures that, during such absences, the windows of its condo unit and the main entrance of water are well closed;
  37. Provides the administrators with a key of their unit for access in case of an emergency;