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ESA changes will mean higher costs for condo corporations

Condominium corporations should start factoring increased labour costs into their budgets as amendments to Ontario's Employment Standards Act come into effect in the new year, ... Read more

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Prepare for the process or pay the price in pre-construction deals

Purchasers of newly constructed homes need to be wary before they sign on the dotted line, warns Mississauga real estate lawyer  Jia Junaid . The average person trusts the ... Read more

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Condo corps will face battles with recreational weed

Condominium corporations may consider taking steps to protect condo owners when recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada next July, Toronto real estate lawyer  ... Read more

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Mortgage stress test: the new rules of engagement

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI), which regulates banks and mortgage insurance companies, released further mortgage rules which will come into ... Read more

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Proposed legislation to enhance consumer protection: Conant

The provincial government’s plans to amend home warranty legislation is welcome and necessary, says Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant . “Getting balance ... Read more

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Beware HST issues in new condo flips

Condo flippers should be prepared for HST issues when they assign purchase contracts for newly constructed units   to a third party, says Toronto real estate ... Read more

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Conant will talk about condo law at ALOC conference

Toronto condominium lawyer  Armand Conant  will speak at the annual Association of Law Officers of the Crown /Government of Ontario Educational Conference, being held ... Read more

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Step one for prudent homebuyers: consult with a lawyer

First-time homebuyers are poised to make costly mistakes if they jump into the market without having deals vetted by a lawyer, Mississauga real estate and immigration lawyer  ... Read more

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Be on the lookout for Kitec plumbing

When selling a home built between 1997 and 2005, lawyers should include a statutory declaration that the vendor has no knowledge that Kitec plumbing is present, says Toronto real ... Read more

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Agent shares blame for missed mould, must pay buyers $35,000

A recent decision highlights the duty of care owed by real estate agents to homebuyers, says Toronto real estate lawyer  Daniel Bernstein . In the case , a judge ordered ... Read more

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New legislation proposes to increase protection for new homebuyers

Although the Ontario new home warranties plan has been in effect for more than 40 years, it has given rise to persistent complaints of an appearance of conflict of interest ... Read more

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Reforms to condo regulations now a reality

After months of review and comment, the licensing of condominium managers and a number of other reforms to the Condominium Act, 1998  came into effect on Nov. 1, ... Read more

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New powers coming for condo corporations

Imminent changes to Ontario’s condo laws will give unit owners new information and powers to control their corporations, says Toronto condominium lawyer  John De ... Read more

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Tips on closing up your cottage for the winter

By Matthias Duensing With the sights and sounds of fall fairs overwhelming our senses and cool frosty mornings bringing a chill to the air, it can only mean that our ... Read more

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Who gets the money when condo land is expropriated?

The expropriation of a condominium's common property has raised the question of who gets the money — those who owned a unit when the land was officially taken or those ... Read more

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Responsibility for condo repair a complex issue

Condo owners may wonder who is responsible for restoration after their unit sustains water or other damage, but issues relating to repair and insurance are some of the most ... Read more

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Co-buying a house not as rosy as the dream

Turning to property co-ownership in an expensive housing market can make a dream home affordable, but there can be risks that need to be addressed up front, Toronto real estate ... Read more

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Increasing role of private lenders presents risks for lawyers

Recent rule changes have made it more challenging to obtain a mortgage in Canada, with private lenders now often playing a role in helping to finance short-term loans, Toronto ... Read more

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Webinar series to focus on Spanish legalese for lawyers

Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar is presenting a three-part webinar series on Spanish legalese for lawyers in October, focusing on civil litigation, ... Read more

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Nothing is anonymous when it comes to email

By John De Vellis It's a common scenario in condominium corporations: during a dispute, anonymous email accounts or Facebook pages begin spreading rumours and making false ... Read more

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