Letters of Compliance
What do I need to know about buying or selling a house?
The Town of Legal can advise property owners that their property is in compliance with the Land Use Bylaw (LUB). Although these letters are not required by municipalities, they are recommended and often requested in order to complete a real estate transaction.
What is a Letter of Compliance?
A letter of compliance is a confirmation that a property meets the regulations of the LUB based on a Real Property Report (RPR). RPR’s are prepared by an Alberta Land Surveyor.
The process requires the review buildings and structures on a property to ensure they are in compliance with the LUB. As part of the process, an internal review will be completed in order to check for any registered encroachments, caveats, or variances. The review will determine whether any of the aforementioned is required in order to bring the property into compliance.
How do I obtain a Real Property Report?
Contact a registered Alberta Land Surveyor to survey your property and prepare a RPR. Alberta Land Surveyors may be found here.
The Town of Legal does not prepare or distribute copies of RPR’s due to copyright.
When do I need a Letter of Compliance?
- If you are selling a property:
If you plan on selling your property, you may be required to apply for a Letter of Compliance. You should apply for it at the time you list your property for sale. Obtaining a Letter of Compliance is proactive and can help prevent complications at the point of sale.
- If you are purchasing a property:
If you are purchasing a property, it is recommended to request a copy of the Letter of Compliance from the seller to confirm the property meets the regulations of the LUB, prior to completing your purchase. Ensuring the property you are purchasing is compliant with the LUB is part of doing your diligence as a home buyer. It is a common misconception that what is shown on the property actually belongs on the property. For example, a fence may be built on adjacent lands, or the backyard may have an environmental easement that does not belong to the current property owner.
What are the benefits to applying for a Letter of Compliance?
- Ensures there are no surprises regarding the land use, including alterations or additions.
- Ensures all structures requiring development permits have been applied for and approved by the Development.
- Avoids possible financial setbacks should a title not be compliant at the time of title transfer.
- Ensures that your property is compliant with the Town of Legal’s LUB.
Why should I apply for a Letter of Compliance early?
- To reduce stress associated with the sale of a property, by dealing with non-compliant issues prior to the final sale of a property.
- To decrease the chance of a financial holdback due to restricted and limited timelines related to the transaction.
- Ensures you as the seller takes full responsibility for your property.
What do I need to apply for a Letter of Compliance?
- Original copy of an RPR as provided by an Alberta Land Surveyor.
- Payment a fee of $40.00 to the Town of Legal. The cost associated with a Letter of Compliance is an administrative fee. Payment can be made by Cash, Cheque or Interac. All cheques should be made payable to the Town of Legal.
How long does it take to get a Letter of Compliance?
It is recommended to apply for a Letter of Compliance as soon as possible to avoid any complications or setbacks prior to negotiating a real estate transaction. Allow up to 30 days.
When selling or buying a home remember to contact the Town Office regarding utility service connect/disconnects, tax information, or development permit requirements. Information can also be found on the municipal website.