Effective October 15, 2020*, the legislation requires that all co-owners have civil liability insurance. This covers damage which you may cause to another person or to their personal property. 

*Note: If your co-owner insurance was already in effect on October 15, 2020, you can wait for the next renewal before adhering to this rule, but after October 15, 2021, it will apply in all cases. 

Coverage amount

The minimum amount you are required to purchase for civil liability insurance depends on the number of units in your building:   

  • Minimum of $1 million, if your building has 12 units or less; 
  • Minimum of $2 million, if your building has 13 units or more.

This rule also applies to commercial condo units. 

Does your syndicate own several condo buildings? 

In this case, to find out how much insurance coverage your need, take into account the number of units in your building. 

EXAMPLE:

Your syndicate manages 30 condo units located in three (3) separate buildings.  

Building
 
A B C
Number of units
 
20 units 5 units 5 units
Amount in civil liability
 
$2 millions $1 million $1 million

 

The co-owners of building A are required to purchase $2 million in civil liability coverage, while the co-owners of buildings B and C are required to purchase $1 million in coverage. 

Is your condo at greater risk?

Your insurer may evaluate your condo to be at greater risk of loss, even if your condo building has 12 units or less.

For example, in the case of a townhouse condo, your insurer will take into account its location and its exposure to risk. Are these buildings very close to one another? Is there a high risk of fire spreading from one building to the other? Your insurer will evaluate all these factors and could then recommend or require a higher civil liability insurance amount.

 

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8 things condo syndicates should know

The laws and regulations governing co-ownership have resulted in various changes and obligations that are important to know, as are certain particularities relative to condo insurance.

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