Advice For Buyers

BY Mark Savel | April 17, 2018

What is a Status Certificate and WHY are they important to review before buying a condo?

One of the most important parts of the condo buying process, is reviewing the corporations Status Certificate! 

What is A Status Certificate?

A status certificate is a collection of documents, issued by a condominiums property manager that contains info on:

How Order a Status Certificate

A seller can request a status certificate by contacting the buildings property manager.  The management company will have 10 business days to prepare and can deliver it in either hard copy or in digital via email. 

How Much is a Status Certificate

The certificate will cost $100 + HST and can be paid by either the buyer or seller, depending on how a deal is structured.

Why You Must Request a Status Certificate

Sellers – I often suggest ordering one before you even go to market with your property.  As a seller, you have a duty and responsibility to disclose any and all details that could impact the sale of your condo.  By ordering a status in advance, you’ll be made well aware any potential pitfalls and can disclose these issues to potential purchasers ahead of time to avoid any issues with closing.

Buyers – In a condo, values are closely tied to how well the building is run (second to location of course).  If fees skyrocket, you may find that the buildings value will appreciate much slower (or actually depreciate) than a building with lower maintenance fees.  A building with known problems can also have an impact on financing and insurance resulting in higher monthly costs – knowing this in advance can allow you to negotiate a better price, or walk away from the deal all together!

Who Reviews the Status Certificate

It is crucial, you take it to a Real Estate Lawyer who has experience in condo dealings.  They are trained in knowing what to look for and the right questions to ask. DO NOT take it to general law firm, or rely solely on a realtors review of it!

How Long Do you Have to Review a Status Certificate 

Most clauses generally allow 2-3 days for lawyer review.  It’s a small window of time, so it’s best have a candid conversation with your lawyer in advance and tell them exactly how you plan on using the property. 

A common misstep is with buyers who spends months out of country.  If their plan is to rent it on AirBnB while away, it’s best to make sure there aren’t any rules or bylaws preventing you from doing so!

Remember, a Status Certificate is generally valid for only 90 days – so if a seller produces a Status dated older than 90 days, ensure you request a new one.

When Should You Walk Away From Purchasing a Condo

No matter how in love you’ve fallen with your new purchase – there are a number of reasons you may want to walk once the status certificate is reviewed: 

Accompanying Documents That Also Come With a Status Certificate

Other important documents that accompany the status include:



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