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A certificate of location is the most frequently requested document

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What is a certificate of location?

It is necessary for real estate transactions, mortgage applications and conformity applications of a new construction. A certificate of location consists of a plan and a report in which the land surveyor expresses his opinion on the current situation and condition of your property with respect to the different constraints affecting it. On this certificate, we find all the relevant physical elements present on the property (e.g., buildings, fences, hedges, pools, public utilities, etc.), the servitudes published at the registry office, and the zones set by the municipality.

An essential tool

A certificate of location is an important tool when selling your property. Generally provided by the seller, it expresses the professional opinion of a land surveyor on the current condition of a property with regards to the cadastre, property titles, as well as the laws and by-laws affecting the property.

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It is a property’s legal health check. It allows buyers to know the condition and situation of their potential future acquisition.

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In what situations is a certificate of location useful? In a few words, it is a property’s legal health check. It allows buyers to know the condition and situation of their potential future acquisition. A certificate of location can be requested by your mortgage lender to assess the risks related to your mortgage application. It may also be necessary if you are looking to refinance your property. Your lender will use the certificate of location to determine if the property is at risk of losing its value with respect to the different constraints affecting it. The certificate of location is also requested by the municipality following the construction of a new structure to ensure it follows applicable by-laws as shown on the site plan given when the building permit was requested.

What is the period of validity of a certificate of location? A certificate of location does not have a predetermined lifespan. It is prepared for a specific reason and should not be used for other purposes without the authorization of the land surveyor. Any change on a property (fence, shed, extension, asphalt, patio, terrace, etc.) or in the applicable legislation could make the certificate of location invalid for a sale.

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A certificate of location protects both the buyer and the seller by informing both parties of the legal status of the property, neither can claim ignorance of what it entails.

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