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Stakeholder consultation key to better condo legislation

The Ontario government’s move to consult the public and stakeholders on the problems and potential solutions facing the condominium industry will hopefully result in better ... Read more

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Do your homework before purchasing a cottage

By Lisa Laredo When looking at buying a cottage, it is easy to get focused on the location, the nearby beaches or lakefront, the beautiful scenery, and an attractive building. ... Read more

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The stigma of buying a former grow-op may linger

While “deleted instruments” should no longer legally affect the title to a property, the information – which may be unfavourable – will remain searchable forever, Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Less is best when it comes to law-firm gift-giving

The key to picking the right swag for a law firm is knowing what the client wants, ensuring the gift is practical and remembering that less is best, Toronto real estate lawyer ... Read more

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Before starting lawsuit, consider whether it's justified

By Lisa Laredo We live in a litigious society. But just because we have the ability to sue people and take them to court, does not necessarily mean that we should. A recent ... Read more

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In cases of dual agency, disclosure is key

If a real estate agent intends to act for both the buyer and the seller in a transaction, they must fully disclose the arrangement to all parties – or risk jeopardizing the deal, ... Read more

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Laredo to appear at real estate trade show

Laredo Law  founder Lisa Laredo will be hosting a booth at Realtor Quest , Canada’s largest realtor trade show and conference, at the Toronto Congress Centre May 7 and 8. ... Read more

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The role of third parties on title for mortgage financing

By Lisa Laredo Many first time buyers of real estate need assistance to qualify for a mortgage because these buyers lack enough credit or financial resources to qualify for ... Read more

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Learning a home's criminal past may help buyers

A recently launched website that allows individuals to easily access a home’s criminal past is beneficial to buyers, but must be used within reason, says Toronto criminal and real ... Read more

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Solicitor should highlight info for condo buyers

As the condominium building boom continues, real estate practitioners have a responsibility to inform purchasers of the nuances of living in a condo community, whether it be a ... Read more

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Undisclosed property history could come back to haunt you

By Lisa Laredo Do buyers have a right to know if a house is haunted? The law requires certain structural details be disclosed when a home is up for sale, but what about ... Read more

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For lawyers, formality is key when sending e-mails

When it comes to e-mails, lawyers should be sure to choose their words wisely and err on the side of formality, Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo tells Lawyers Weekly . ... Read more

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Short of legislative change, condo owners at risk of becoming victims

A condominium corporation that fails to comply with the organizational requirements of the province’s condominium act may jeopardize the physical structure of the property, and ... Read more

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Unpunished disrespect for the law leads to chaos

The Ontario Municipal Board decision to allow the illegal addition to a Toronto home after a seven-year court battle shows open disregard of the law and is more likely a decision ... Read more

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Mortgage rules expected to tighten if sales upsurge continues

Possible actions to tighten mortgage lending practices could be necessary to curb excess lending, but regulators must take care to ensure that any moves do not cause the real ... Read more

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When it comes to buying new condos - buyer beware

As Toronto’s condominium market continues to grow and evolve, it also becomes more complex, and there are a number of red flags that consumers should watch for when buying a ... Read more

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Co-ownership arrangements present difficulties

By Lisa Laredo There have been stories in the media recently on the upsurge in co-ownership. This type of ownership exists where a vendor of property in essence divides up ... Read more

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Language of electronic commerce bill confusing

By Lisa Laredo Ontario's Bill 28 of the 2013 session of the legislature is a private member’s bill intended to amend the Electronic Commerce Act by removing the exemption ... Read more

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Transparency needed with rent control provisions

By Lisa Laredo The rules relating to rent in the Residential Tenancies Act do not apply to rental units where no part of the building was occupied for residential purposes ... Read more

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Monster home permit error highlights planning policy issues

A “monster home” that the City of Brampton has ordered demolished after a permitting error highlights the often complicated and contentious issues of public planning policy, says ... Read more

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