As I am writing this post, I can tell you that I am so upset that I am blue banana (this is one of my colleague’s expression ). On this very rare occasion, I really don’t feel like laughing or smiling. I have actually had to re-write this first paragraph 5 times to make sure it is appropriate for public consumption (this is why the blue banana came out!).
Last Thursday evening, I was watching my Montreal Canadiens dominated by the Pittsburgh Penguins and as they scored 2 goals out of nowhere to run away with the game, I was reading my certificate of localisation.
Right after accepting the offer on our house about a month ago, we realized that the certificate of localisation had to be updated since the one we had did reflect the current situation (we added cedars on one side of our land). However, we also noticed that we didn’t receive a valid certificate in the first place since the pool was not on it.
Back when we bought this house, we were pretty young (I was 25) and didn’t have much experience with these details. To be honest, back then, I didn’t even know what a certificate of localisation was for and the impact it has on a sale of house. Beside showing a small drawing of your house on a piece of paper, I couldn’t see anything else.
When we bought the house, there were 2 realtors implicated (the seller and the one we used to buy the house). They both told me that all the documents were in order! Since we had 2 realtors involved, I didn’t see it until we signed at the notary (lawyer). And even then, I didn’t realize anything, I was just super happy to buy my house and I trusted the “professionals” to prepare the transaction (professionals my …..! they really thought about their commission, and nothing else!)
The certificate is a very very very (did I write very) important document. It actually confirms that everything built on the land was done according to municipal laws. Therefore, they identify your house, patio, pool, fence and any other construction on your property. They measure to make sure that they don’t incur any problems and that they have been placed and built according to the laws enforced.
So you can imagine how important it is to have an updated and compliant document before buying a property. In fact, if the certificate of localisation is not compliant, this can delay the sale or even cancel it.
And, obviously, the municipal rule for pool is 1.50m! So we are talking about a difference of the size of my hand! I think I am going to kick someone… the problem is that I don’t know who! I do deserve a good kick in the butt (but I am already got a slap in the face!). But the 2 agents and previous owner deserve the very same kick as well!
The most frustrating part is that they have to take the furthest post of the pool structure to make the calculation. Actually, the “pool” is at 1.50m, but there is a post that is closer…
I don’t know yet…. I am writing this article in the bus the morning after finding out that I there is a huge problem that is my responsibility.
I will now:
- call the guy who did the certificate to see if we can do anything
- call the notary to get her advice on the problem
- call the city to ask for a 12 cm exception!
- call a pool installer to move it by 12 cm if my 3 other calls don’t produce any bright ideas
- call the guy who did the certificate back so he can issue another one
- write a tons of checks to pay these people
- call one of my lawyer friends to see if I have a case against the previous owner.
- call the previous owner and let him know that he has a bill coming his way.
- get my money back
- drink a nice glass of wine on my new terrace of my new house ‘cause I will solve the problem this very morning!
More info on my situation to come soon…. ARGH!
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