FAQ about  Leased Land Cottages

Top 10 questions about leased land cottage ownership/purchase

What does owning a leased land cottage mean?

You are purchasing the cottage,but not the land. The land is owned by Saugeen Nations #29 and you own the building. This is an affordable way for cottage ownership and the cost to purchase a cottage, is relatively less then a freehold purchase where you own the land and the building. 

What are the yearly fees for a leased land cottage?

The lease fees' range from $4,281 to $9,600 yearly, depending on where the cottage is located. 

How much is the service fee & what is it for?

The yearly service fee is $1,200 and due each April. The fee covers roads maintenance, garbage & recycle pick up, police and fire protection.

Can I live at my cottage year round?

There are a few restrictions regarding the use of your cottage.

You have unlimited use of your cottage from May 1st until October 31st. From November 1st until the end of April 30th you are allotted 10 days each per month.

You may be granted the unlimited use of your cottage by an additional 2 months, which is subject to you contacting the Land Management office and paying an additional fee.

*Note: many of the cottages are considered 3 season and many cottagers will close their cottage in late fall, and return come the spring. 

How much does it cost to purchase a leased land cottage?

Spring/Summer 2023 cottage prices currently range from $150,000 to $567,000

These properties come "turn-key" (furnished) and quick closings are possible.

Can you rent your cottage to the public ?

No. You are paying a residential lease and you are not allowed to rent your cottage out to the general public.

How long are the leases for ?

Lease terms can run anywhere from five to 25 years. The current five year term will become renewable in 2026.

Do you pay property taxes in addition to the lease and service charge?

No, property taxes are not applicable to leased land property. 

Can I mortgage the purchase of a leased land cottage?

Conventional mortgages are not available with any leased land purchases.Purchasers typically use cash,home equity or line of credit. 

Where can I find further information about leased land cottages?

For questions regarding the properties water supply, insurance,septic systems or  any other questions pertaining to the purchase or sale of one of these properties, please reach out to me at  519-377-7032 or email me at  gails@bmts.com

 I am well versed with these types of purchases and listing of these unique properties, and will guide you each step of the way. 

You can refer to this link Saugeen First Nations for further leased cottage information and to view the current lease.

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