In British Columbia, certain adjustments need to be considered to ensure a fair distribution of costs between the Buyer and the Seller. Adjustments are typically based on the Buyer and Seller’s ownership of the property throughout the year. There are many potential adjustments that may be required in a transaction. However, in this article, we will explore the typical adjustments involved in the purchase or sale of a home in British Columbia.
- Property Taxes: Property taxes are payable once in a calendar year. The Seller pays taxes up to the closing date, while the Buyer assumes responsibility thereafter. Often the precise amount of taxes is not known at the time of the adjustment calculation, so a 5% increase from the previous year’s taxes is used. However, upon receipt of the tax bill, the amount may have to be readjusted.
- Strata Fees: For transactions involving strata properties, the strata fees are adjusted. The Seller pays the fees up to the closing date, and the Buyer takes over from then on. If a Special Levy has been issued prior to closing, it is usually the Seller’s obligation to pay it in full.
- Utilities: Utilities, such as electricity, gas, sewer, garbage collection, and water, are often adjusted. The Seller is responsible for paying the utility costs up to the closing date, while the Buyer takes over the expenses from the closing date onward.
- Deposits: Any deposit made by the Buyer is credited to the Buyer on the Buyer’s statement of adjustments.
- Rent and Security Deposit: If the transaction involves a rental property, an adjustment for rent may be needed unless the adjustment date falls on the same day that rent is payable. The Security Deposit is usually credited to the Buyer as it becomes an obligation owed by the Buyer to the tenant.
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