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Acquiring an existing lease on public land

One of the easiest ways of obtaining a vacation lot on public land is to acquire an existing lease.

Lease transfer costs and conditions

To acquire or transfer a vacation lease on public land, you must first apply for a lease transfer.

Please note that certain restrictions may apply to transfers.

Transfer rules

If the lease is managed by a delegate RCM, you must send your application directly to it. Please see the list of delegate RCMs for information on where to send your application

Otherwise, the following rules apply:

  • You must first complete an application to transfer a lease (PDF 93 Kb) (in French only). 
  • If you are acting as a representative (signatory), mandatary, legal person or partnership, you must attach the power of attorney or the certified copy of the resolution adopted by the board of directors or municipal council (PDF 380 Kb) (in French only) authorizing you to submit the application on its behalf.
  • Your application must be signed in the presence of a commissioner for oaths This hyperlink will open in a new window..
  • A lease cannot be transferred if the lessee who wishes to transfer it has received a written notice of non-compliance (e.g. non-payment of the rent, non-compliance with usage requirements, failure to respect the boundaries of the lot, failure to respect the single dwelling restriction, etc.). The lessee must first take the remedial steps required by the gouvernement du Québec before proceeding with the transfer.
  • All rent owing must be paid in full before the lease is transferred.
  • The unused portion of the annual rent is not refundable. The lessee transferring the lease must agree with the new lessee on financial compensation for the months of rent already paid.
  • The two parties are responsible for the transaction in respect of the buildings and improvements on the leased lot. Proof of the sale transaction is only required in certain exceptional cases.
  • Once the lease has been transferred, a new annual lease is agreed upon with the new lessee, and the rent is reviewed in compliance with current regulations.
  • The new lessee must pay a non-refundable administrative fee of $405.86 (including GST and QST) to cover the cost of issuing the lease.

If you are already a lessee and wish to transfer your lease, you are responsible for finding a new lessee. There is no government website on which to post available leases, and no list of people seeking to acquire lots on public land.

Sending the form

You must send your duly completed and signed form:

By mail:

Centre de services du territoire public
Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles
5700, 4e Avenue Ouest, bureau E-318
Québec (Québec) G1H 6R1

By e-mail

droit.terre.publique@mern.gouv.qc.ca

Processing your application

Processing is done in the order of receipt of the applications. We will contact you in writing in one of the following situations:

  • Your file is complete and is under consideration.
  • Your file is incomplete. In this case, your application will be suspended until the missing documents and information are received.
  • Your application is deemed inadmissible.

Processing times may vary, depending on the nature and complexity of your application.

Once your application has been examined, you will receive a notice of acceptance or refusal. If your application is accepted, the notice will be accompanied by administrative and contractual documents (e.g. lease for signature).

Restrictions on lease transfers

A lease cannot be transferred if the lessee who wishes to transfer it has received a written notice of non-compliance (e.g. non-payment of the rent, non-compliance with usage requirements, failure to respect the boundaries of the lot, failure to respect the single dwelling restriction, etc.). The lessee must first take the remedial steps required by the gouvernement du Québec before proceeding with the transfer.

If you are leasing or wish to lease a vacation lot allocated by means of a random draw, you cannot transfer the lease in the five years following the date of the first lease, except in the following cases:

  • A building worth at least $10,000 has been constructed on the lot.
  • A building on the leased lot has been sold by order of a court, sold to pay taxes, or sold to exercise a right of foreclosure.
  • The lease is transferred to the spouse, father, mother, brother, sister or child of the lessee.
  • The lease is transferred following the lessee’s death (see what to do if the lessee dies).

The lessee must show that he or she meets one of the above conditions. The supporting documents that may be requested include:

  • Valuation roll
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Death certificate
  • Sworn declaration
  • Will
  • Contract of sale
  • Declaration of transfer of immovable property

List of available leases

If you wish to acquire an existing lease on public land, you are responsible for finding a lessee who wishes to transfer his or her lease. There is no government website on which to post lease transfer advertisements, and no list of people wishing to transfer their leases.

All leases on public land are entered in the Register of the Domain of the State This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in French only). You may consult the interactive map free of charge to see the leases that have been issued in a specific area.

If you have already found the lease you wish to acquire, you must apply to transfer a lease (PDF 93 Kb) (in French only).

You may apply to lease or purchase public land by completing an application to use public land (PDF 178 Kb) (in French only).

Questions about public land

Toll-free line: 1 844 282-8277

Last update: June 18, 2021

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