For New Residential Buildings
The pre-acceptance inspection of a condo’s private portion follows the same regulations and standards as a house. Consult the page Inspection before the acceptance of the house to learn how to make the inspection.
The inspection of the common portions if done jointly by the syndicate, once it is formed and no longer under the control of the contractor, by the building professional and by the contractor.
Here are all the steps to be completed by these 3 persons so that the inspection is compliant with the regulation:
If any major work still needs to be done, the professional mandated by the syndicate cannot accept the common portions. The syndicate must then request, in writing and without delay, that the contractor finish the work, by sending him the list prepared by the professional, with a copy to the guarantee administrator.
The Regulation respecting the guarantee plan for new residential buildings stipulates that the acceptance of the common portions is presumed to have taken place 6 months at the latest following the date of the end of the work, when the following 4 conditions have been met:
If any one of these 4 conditions is not satisfied, there is no presumed acceptance of the common portions.
If the syndicate has not received the notice of the end of work and the work related to the common portions has been completed, it must contact the contractor in order to obtain this notice. If the contractor does not respond to this request, the syndicate must contact the guarantee administrator.
The syndicate must therefore be very vigilant about receiving the notice of the end of work from the contractor and follow the procedure outlined in order to ensure that the inspection with the professional is done according to common trade practices. In fact, certain coverage provided by the guarantee begins on the date of the end of the work, and other coverage begins at the time of acceptance of the common portions.
Make sure that the pre-acceptance inspection checklist you receive has been provided to your contractor by the administrator of the Guarantee Plan for New Residential Buildings, and that it contains the phrase "Approved by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec".