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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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Contracts a must when helping out with kids’ mortgages

Tougher mortgage rules and soaring housing prices have more first-time homebuyers hitting up the bank of mom and dad, but parents should exercise caution before writing a cheque, ... Read more

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Adding children to title: Road to hell paved with good intentions

By Kristine Anderson Parents often have good intentions when passing their house to their children upon death. However, adding people to the title of your property can be ... Read more

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The basics of commercial leases

Toronto business lawyer Anton Katz says a commercial lease is an important component to most clients’ businesses and before entering into one, it’s crucial to ... Read more

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Dog waste DNA test raises questions for condo corporations

While a new initiative that aims to test dog waste in order to identify and fine condo dwellers who don’t stoop and scoop could be a useful tool, it is not without its ... Read more

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Starting solo firm expensive, gratifying for young lawyers

As a young sole practitioner with overheads to consider, Toronto real estate lawyer  Anar Dewshi  tells Lawyers Weekly that she has chosen to focus on growing her ... Read more

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Conant appointed a founding director of Condominium Authority of Ontario

Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant has been appointed a founding/first director of the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO). The newly established, non-government, ... Read more

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Bring pet ownership to attention of your real estate lawyer

Toronto real estate lawyer Patrick J. Aulis advises prospective condominium buyers who own pets to let their lawyers know in advance of signing a purchase and sale agreement. ... Read more

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