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Deconfinement and Co-Ownerships, Update on the Situation

Déconfinement et copropriété, le point sur la situation

Montreal, May 4th, 2020 - Quebec launches its first deconfinement measures. The following presents our recommendations and the essential resources that will help answer your questions.

Common areas, swimming pools, training rooms, terraces

The deconfinement has just begun and the government has already warned that it could decide to backtrack depending on the evolving situation. Most social distancing measures are maintained and it is still too early to reopen swimming pools, training rooms, terraces, tennis courts and other common amenities.

In the current circumstances, opening these facilities poses an unnecessary threat to their users, and to the syndicate that could be accused of negligence. We recommend that you follow the government’s instructions to the letter so that the deconfinement of these areas can be carried out as soon as possible (i.e.: at the same time as their public and commercial equivalents).

Construction sites

Starting May 11th, all construction and renovation services will be able to resume their activities. The Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) has posted a frequently asked questions resource online.

The Association des professionnels de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec (APCHQ) also hosts a frequently asked questions section on their website.

Real estate transactions

Since April 20th, real estate transactions, as well as the work of the professionals involved in this process, are authorized when the possession date is scheduled prior to July 31st, 2020.

We invite you to consult the Frequently Asked Questions of the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ) to learn more about your broker’s work.

The RBQ's frequently asked questions provides precise answers regarding pre-purchase inspections.

Moving in and moving out

The Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) has published a guide to good health practices to adopt during a move. This document gives valuable advice on what to do before, during and after the move.

The government will also provide financial assistance to people whose move-in dates have been delayed due to the health crisis.