Conveyancing in the Time of COVID-19 – So Far

Mar 26, 2020

Posted by
Norma Miller

Prepared on March 25, 2020

Over the past week, both the Law Society of BC (which regulates lawyers) and the Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA) have published information about land transfer processes. Bottom line: so far, an in-person meeting with a lawyer or notary is still required.

The Land Title Act requires buyers and sellers to appear before an officer to execute the documents. There are a couple of options to accommodate social distancing:

  1. The LTSA will accept an affidavit of execution (written statement sworn under oath) - speak with a lawyer to learn more about how to make that happen.
  2. The witness and the party to the transaction can sign identical copies of the same document at the same time to allow them to avoid having to handle the same physical pages when meeting.

At this time, remote or videoconference witnessing isn't allowed. BCREA is in contact with the legal community and other stakeholders to look for options that provide more flexibility.

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