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Accessibility works for common areas: the Condominium Guide

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New residential buildings are required to comply with accessibility standards for people with disabilities and reduced mobility. This is not the case with old dwellings, where accessibility of common areas is not an obligation for condominiums.

Types of accessibility work

In the common areas of a condominium, accessibility arrangements focus on two major aspects:
  • The accesses, such as the access ramps to the building or specific places for parking - with a minimum width of 3.3 m and located less than 30 m from the access door to the building.
  • Movement inside the building: rotation areas, sound signals, elevators, floor coverings, etc.
To better target the major points to be started, or if necessary, it is possible to have an ERP (Public Establishment) accessibility diagnosis carried out by an expert for people with disabilities and reduced mobility.

The obligations within a co-ownership?

Access to the common areas of a condominium is not an obligation.
If all residential collective buildings whose building permits were filed after 1 January 2017 are required to comply with accessibility standards, past buildings have no obligation to comply with standards. Compliance with standards remains mandatory in the event of an extension or addition of a building, up to 80% of the value of the said building.
Access to the common areas therefore depends solely on the decision of the co-owners.
However, it should be noted that upgrading to accessibility standards can be an asset for the property, and enhance it in terms of heritage property.

How to decide on accessibility works?

The development proposal and the work plan must be submitted to the vote of the co - owners, by inclusion on the agenda of the annual general meeting.
For a decision granted, the vote must be that of the majority of 50% of the votes of the owners present or absent and represented.

In the event of a refusal, the co-owner who wishes to carry out the work may however offer to have it carried out at his own expense in the common areas or on the exteriors, insofar as they do not affect the structure of the building or its equipment. . He must obtain the agreement of the other owners.

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