What is building inspection?
The building inspection is a visual examination of building components and elements.
This examination must be performed by a building expert to identify deficiencies that may affect the value and proper functioning of the building.
Inspection of new condominiums (Pre-reception):
The syndicate of co-ownership mandates a professional (engineer or other) for a pre-acceptance inspection of the common parts of the building.
The expert writes a detailed report in which deficiencies, defects and work to be completed are documented.
Inspection of used buildings (certificate of building condition):
The building condition inspection must also be done by a professional (engineer or other).
This inspection is used to determine the major repair and maintenance work to be performed in the coming years.
Maintenance work is necessary to maintain proper building operation and to ensure optimal occupant safety. Using the building status certificate, the professional is able to establish the provident fund.
The Syndicate of Co-ownership uses this fund to finance the major repairs of the common parts of the building.
Inspection pre-purchase and presale:
Before buying a building, it is preferable that a visual inspection be done by a professional.
This inspection is important to detect deficiencies and provide the buyer with adequate information for the building.
This information is essential for the buyer so that he can plan an adequate budget for maintenance.
As a result of the pre-purchase inspection, the buyer must have a clear idea of the deficiencies that may affect the value of the building.
Sometimes, the seller wants to have his property inspected himself to avoid surprises.
inspection presale it allows him to know the general state and the deficiencies of the building before it is put on sale.
The seller may perform the necessary work or he may mention in the vendor's statement the deficiencies that have been discovered by the expert.
Façade inspection and parking lots:
The new Chapter VIII / Building of the Safety Code of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) entered into force on 18 March 2013 (loi 122).
Henceforth, the grouping of co-owners or the owners of a "public building or a building for public use" is obliged to have the façades of high-rise buildings inspected in a comprehensive and periodic manner (for engineers or architects) and parking lots staged with professionals (engineers).
Facade inspection is a measure that aims to improve the safety of all buildings of five (5) floors above ground and equipment intended for public use.
All 5 years from the 10e anniversary of the construction of the building, it is required that a verification report (submitted to the RBQ) certify that the facades of the building do not present any dangerous condition.
Given our harsh weather conditions, it goes without saying that staged parking lots experience the effects of freezing and thawing and de-icing products.
The 122 law therefore requires owners and co-owners to inspect, every five years (5), an engineer, the structure of parking (columns, structural concrete slabs, beams, etc.).