Everything You Need to Know about Certificate of locationOctober 16, 2018
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Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, a certificate of location is something you will come across during a real estate transaction. Why is it so important to review it? Here are the key points.
A certificate of location is issued by a land surveyor to describe the current status of a property in relation to a plan. More specifically, it sets out the state of health of a property in relation to property titles, the land register, and laws and regulations that may affect it. In Quebec, only members of Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec (OAGQ) are qualified to conduct these types of surveys.
Who must produce it?
The seller is responsible for obtaining a certificate of location. They have to give the buyer a copy of the deed of purchase for the building, of previous titles, and of the certificate of location in their possession. The original certificate of location is kept by the land surveyor, who provides the seller with certified copies. A certificate of location is one of the documents you need to have on hand when putting your property on the market.
How long does it take to get one?
It varies, but generally you should allow two to four weeks.
Why does the buyer need it?
The certificate of location has a great deal of information about the property you are interested in buying. For example, it shows whether the building is located in a flood plain or if there are encroachments or easements such as rights of way or rights of view. In addition, as a buyer you will be able to find out whether you can add on to the property or build the swimming pool of your dreams.
My certificate is more than ten years old
Even if your certificate reflects the current status of the property, it’s best to hire a land surveyor to draw up a new one. The notary will ask for it as part of their due diligence.
How can I find a land surveyor?
An experienced broker will be able to refer you to a trusted land surveyor. Or you can visit the Ordre des Arpenteurs-Géomètres du Québec website at http://www.oagq.qc.ca .
A certificate of location has information you need for a safe and successful transaction!
To learn more:
Visit the Ordre des Arpenteurs-Géomètres du Québec website:
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