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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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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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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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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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Smoke-free apartment buildings, condos rare in Ontario

Toronto's first non-smoking apartment building could find itself exposed to human rights complaints, says Toronto condominium lawyer Deborah Howden . Alto, the ... Read more

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Stay organized, network when starting law firm

The learning curve can be steep for lawyers going out on their own — making resiliency, flexibility and organization essential steps to success, Toronto real estate and ... Read more

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Ruling on diner’s lease provides food for thought

An Ontario Superior Court of Justice injunction issued on behalf of a family restaurant to block multi-million dollar renovations at Toronto’s Manulife Centre has given ... Read more

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Urbancorp restructuring shakes up Toronto condo market

The restructuring announcement by a major Toronto townhouse and condominium developer sent shock waves through the industry – but there’s no need for owners of ... Read more

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The need for standardization, regulation of home inspectors

By Lisa Laredo A person who purchases a used home in Ontario accepts it as is without any warranty as to its condition or fitness as a home. There are two exceptions to ... Read more

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Home inspector regulation long overdue

Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein welcomes the provincial government’s announcement that it plans to regulate home inspectors later this year. “It is ... Read more

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