The scope of the compulsory guarantee plan
The Regulation respecting the guarantee plan for new residential buildings came into force in 1999. It is administered by the “Régie du Bâtiment du Québec” (Quebec Construction Board) (QCB). Its compulsory nature distinguishes it from the optional guarantee plans offered in the market. It applies to buildings that are entirely new, such as:
Building a condominium requires major investments on the part of a developer. This is the reason why a down payment will be required upon signing the preliminary contract for the desired condo unit. This down payment, which represents the first installment to the seller, varies according to the unit’s total price.
The preliminary contract is signed before the purchase of a new or to be built property. To be enforceable, a preliminary contract must, contain the designation of the parties, the identification of the targeted immovable and the price offered.