Legal Hypothec of Construction
The information contained on this page is for education purposes only. Lien-Pro does not provide Legal Hypothec filing and can refer you to a partner in Quebec.
A Quebec Legal Hypothec of Construction is known as a Construction or Builders Lien in other provinces. Lien-Pro provides Quebec property searches, company searches and Legal Hypothec filing services. The Civil Code of Quebec governs the Legal Hypothec of Construction.
Contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers can file a Legal Hypothec, aka a construction or Builders’ Lien, for work associated with an improvement to land or property. To be eligible to file a Construction Legal Hypothec in Quebec you MUST BE registered to do work in Quebec.
Legal Hypothec Notices and Filing Deadline
In order for subcontractors and suppliers to file a Legal Hypothec in Quebec, they MUST provide a notice called a "Denunciation" to the property owner once they have been awarded the job. Notice must be sent prior to any supplying to the job site, or starting work at the job site. Notice is necessary if a sub-contractor or supplier ever wishes to file a Legal Hypothec.
Quebec Legal Hypothecs for construction must be filed within 30 days of the "end of work ” . End of work does not have a definitive description in Quebec. It is typically viewed as the end of a contract, date last working date on a job site or date of last supply. To calculate the final filing deadline date simply use our Lien filing date calculator for Quebec.
If you gave not been paid, a Legal Hypothec must be enforced within six (6) months after the work has been completed in Quebec.