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Lender can rely on title register when mortgage not fraudulent

A recent Divisional Court decision that found a mortgage was not a fraudulent instrument allowed the lender to rely upon the state of the title register which showed no prior ... Read more

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Private mortgage means added reporting obligation for lawyers

A new mortgage ‘stress test’ introduced last fall may ultimately lead some first-time homebuyers and those with an increased household debt load to turn to private, ... Read more

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Implementation of new tax creates problems for B.C. homebuyers

The B.C. government opted for a quick implementation of its new property transfer tax, aimed at slowing the Vancouver housing market — which has resulted in confusion and ... Read more

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Bill 165, Licensed Home Inspectors Act, 2016

By Daniel Bernstein Ontario first started discussing plans to license home inspectors back in 2013, when it assembled a panel of experts to draft a report. The panel made a ... Read more

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Legal review critical in real-estate assignments

Those thinking about purchasing from a third party that's flipping their new construction condo or home prior to taking possession should have a lawyer review their assignment ... Read more

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Check with condo board before decking halls

Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo  advises condo owners to check with their boards on the guidelines for holiday adornments before stringing up lights and holiday ... Read more

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Respect key to success of co-counsel arrangement

In certain matters, clients may benefit from a co-counsel setting where lawyers tackle different aspects of the case — but the success of these arrangements depends on ... Read more

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Double-ended housing deals highlight need for reform

A recent CBC investigation that showed some real estate agents “double-ending” deals in an effort to   boost   their commissions points to the need for ... Read more

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Industry hoping for phasing in of new condo laws

Although their efforts may not be visible to the public, the government is hard at work at drafting the regulations for Bill 106 — which encompasses the Protecting ... Read more

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Breaching contracts comes with hefty price

A recent decision from Ontario’s Superior Court shows that when buyers breach the terms of a purchase agreement in commercial real estate deals they run the risk of ... Read more

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Toronto faces challenges to license landlords and control AirBnBs

Any bylaws introduced to licence landlords and control the proliferation of AirBnB units in Toronto will almost certainly face legal hurdles and court challenges, says Toronto ... Read more

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Toronto: match land transfer tax rebate or lose to the suburbs

The City of Toronto should match the province's land transfer tax rebate to first-time homebuyers or it faces losing more of its tax base to the suburbs, says Toronto real estate ... Read more

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Speak with lender, lawyer before adding spouse to title

Ottawa real estate lawyer Tanya Carlton says newlyweds who want to add their spouse to the title of their property can run into trouble if they fail to consider the third party ... Read more

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Court-appointed administrator important tool for condo owners

Serving a role that is critical as a last consumer protection for unit owners, court-appointed administrators for condo corporations are, in the right circumstances, a friend ... Read more

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Don't waive your right to a home inspection

As tempting as it may be to make an offer with no conditions in this red-hot housing market, Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris says it’s unwise to ... Read more

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Shibley Righton LLP lawyers to share insights at Condominium Conference

Toronto condominium lawyers  Armand Conant ,  Deborah Howden  and  John De Vellis  are set to present at the upcoming 20 th annual Condominium ... Read more

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Conduct due diligence, negotiate before signing commercial lease

Toronto business lawyer Anton Katz says there are multiple clauses and conditions that can be negotiated in a commercial lease agreement and, as such, it’s key for ... Read more

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Honesty key when defending negligent misrepresentation claim

Although a recent case shows that any breakdown in the test required to establish negligent misrepresentation in a real estate transaction will result in a failed claim, honesty ... Read more

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Buying a freehold or condo checklist

By Lisa Laredo Here is a list of things that should be included in your contract of services to be performed by your lawyer when you make condominium ... Read more

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Unfair shared facilities agreement ruling a victory for condos

A recent decision that allowed a condo corporation to unilaterally amend an oppressive shared facilities agreement is an important win for the condo community, Toronto ... Read more

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