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Obligations of condo corporations regarding common elements

By Lisa Laredo There has been recent mention in the media regarding elevators in condominium buildings that have been out of service for substantial periods of time. Stories ... Read more

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Exclusions to the government's GST/HST new home rebate

Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris encourages home purchasers to take advantage of the government’s GST/HST New Housing Rebate but cautions there ... Read more

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Clearly defined standards needed for home inspectors

Toronto real estate lawyer Anar Dewshi says the provincial government’s plan to introduce regulations for home inspections is much needed as there are currently no ... Read more

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Court pits two consumer protection features against each other

Although several features of the Condominium Act, 1998 are designed specifically to protect consumers, a recent ruling that considered the interplay of two of these sections may ... Read more

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Ruling highlights CRTC powers to reach deal

While the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) did use an "interesting" method to pressure a condo corporation into allowing another telecom ... Read more

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Once a seller completes an SPIS, a buyer can rely on it

Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein says there is no legal requirement for a homeowner to complete a Seller Property Information Statement (SPIS) in Ontario ... Read more

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Understanding additional rent and operating costs

Before signing a commercial lease, it’s prudent to find out what is included in the operating costs added to the base rent, says Toronto commercial real estate lawyer ... Read more

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Clients to benefit most from improved online title searches

Although one might assume that a title search process would be easy for a solicitor in today’s day and age, many Ontario municipalities are far behind when it comes to ... Read more

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When seeking will instructions, get full picture of client's circumstances

Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo says there are several subjects that may not receive sufficient attention from a client or solicitor when preparing a will because ... Read more

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Large expenses justified when big billings at stake

While a lawyer’s decision to expense an extravagant meal may initially raise some eyebrows amongst colleagues, the purchase can be worthwhile if it has a significant ... Read more

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Six steps to avoid common first-time homebuyer pitfalls

First-time homebuyers should be aware of common problems that can mar or even derail the purchase of their dream property, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita ... Read more

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Check zoning bylaws before signing commercial lease

Toronto commercial real estate lawyer Andrew Fortis says it’s crucial for business owners to seek legal advice and conduct due diligence before signing a commercial lease ... Read more

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Case confirms court unlikely to extend statutory lien rights

While statutory lien rights usually give a holder extraordinary power over other creditors, they are subject to specific timelines — and as one recent decision shows, ... Read more

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Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris believes in the personal touch

Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris makes a point of giving every client her undivided attention.   She is convinced the care and consideration she ... Read more

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Tax on foreigners buying homes could heat up market: Drummie

Toronto real estate lawyer  Blair Drummie  says the B.C. government's new 15 per cent tax on foreigners buying homes in a red-hot housing market may not cool it off as ... Read more

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TREB, Competition Tribunal dispute 'complicated'

Toronto real estate lawyer Patrick Aulis says the ongoing battle between the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) and the Competition Tribunal is “complicated” and ... Read more

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Commercial leases are contracts that should be negotiated

Business owners should remember that a lease is more than just a document, it’s a long-term contract, says Toronto commercial real estate lawyer Andrew Fortis . ... Read more

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Legal review particularly important for new build, condo purchasers

Prospective homeowners shouldn't be afraid to give their lawyer a call before signing an offer to purchase, says Ottawa real estate lawyer Tanya Carlton . “Sometimes ... Read more

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Province eyes new protections for landlords, tenants

Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo welcomes the provincial government's proposal to give no-smoking clauses in rental agreements some teeth. Landlords are free to ... Read more

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OCA: lower court erred in finding woman had no money of her own

Toronto wills and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein says a recent decision by the Court of Appeal is “insightful” in its take on beneficial ownership of a house ... Read more

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