May 7, 2021

Why a Certificate of Location?

The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB) points out that when you sell your property, your real estate broker will ask you for an up-to-date certificate of location as required in the real estate brokerage forms

What is a certificate of location?

“The certificate of location is a document comprising a report and a plan stating the land surveyor's opinion on the current situation and state of a property.It provides an important up-to-date picture concerning ownership titles, the cadastre and the laws, regulations and by-laws which may affect it.(Source:L'Association professionnelle des notaires du Québec)

This document provides buyers with information not only on the physical characteristics of the property such as fences, a garage, a swimming pool, etc., but also on the various regulatory changes made to zoning (flood zone, ground movement, etc.) as well as any cadastral reform.

Good to Know

  • The costs related to the certificate of location are generally the responsibility of the seller.However, in a promise to purchase, the buyer may request a new certificate of location.If it does not show any changes to the property, then the costs will be the responsibility of the buyer
  • Allow between 4 and 6 weeks for a new certificate of location

For more information on the importance of an up-to-date certificate of location, click here.

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