October 29, 2013 -
While there are only believed to be two such cases in Quebec of renters being evicted by condo syndicates, real estate experts across the country suspect the recent housing boom will have co-owners increasingly turning to the legal system to settle these kinds of “neighbourly disputes.”
Unlike single family homes, condo living means the neighbour from hell could be just a few feet away.
Already the fastest-growing housing sector in Canada, the number of Quebec households living in condos is expected to swell to 266,000 by 2016.
There has already been one case in Ontario — and one pending in B.C. — of condo syndicates, or boards, seeking to get a co-owner evicted for not respecting building rules and making life difficult for their neighbours.
Montreal real estate lawyer Michael Consister said there have not yet been any cases in Quebec of actual condo owners being forced to sell their units.