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The problem with 'insuring over' title claims

Toronto real estate and criminal lawyer Blair Drummie says the trend of title insurers “insuring over” claims rather than correcting the deficiencies will ... Read more

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Decision provides clarity for condo arbitration appeals

A recent Superior Court of Ontario decision provides guidance on the appropriate standard of review of an arbitrator’s decision in the context of an award held pursuant to ... Read more

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Real property defects: a vendor’s obligation to disclose

By Lisa Laredo Any examination of the law regarding defects in real property commences with the famous statement by Prof. Bora Laskin in the Law Society of Upper Canada ... Read more

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Pros and cons of purchasing a new or resale condo

By Lisa Laredo A recent  Toronto Star article reports that more than 20,000 new condominium units were completed in Toronto in 2014, and that by the end of October, ... Read more

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Relief available for property owners with defective Kitec piping

There is some relief available for commercial, industrial and residential property owners who have recalled Kitec piping installed, writes Toronto condominium lawyer  Deborah ... Read more

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Condo owners should be aware of building rules and bylaws

By Lisa Laredo Recently, a condominium owner in Edmonton ran into problems when his car was towed by his condominium corporation after he allowed the tags to expire on his ... Read more

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Ontario considers e-signatures for real estate deals

Legal Feeds reports that the provincial government "is looking to modernize real estate transactions by setting out the rules for electronic signatures on documents such as ... Read more

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Airbnb can leave hosts open to legal action

By Lisa Laredo Airbnb is a fairly new company, founded in 2008, that uses a social networking model to connect travellers with hosts willing to sublet space to them for a ... Read more

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Howden to speak at Condominium Conference

Toronto human rights and condominium lawyer Deborah Howden will be presenting at the 18th annual Condominium Conference in Toronto. Howden, partner with Shibley Righton LPP , ... Read more

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Toronto establishes a local appeal body

The City of Toronto has created a local appeal body (LAB), which will hear appeals from the Committee of Adjustments on minor variance and consent applications, thereby avoiding ... Read more

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Pros and cons of urban condo family living

By Lisa Laredo If you look at new real estate development around Toronto, it seems like a city full of condominiums. A condo in the downtown core has long been the dream for ... Read more

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Struggling CBC could reduce real estate footprint

News that the Canadian Broadcast Corporation has to cut its budget by $115 million over the next three years has some wondering if the broadcaster will sell or lease its downtown ... Read more

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Celebrity association more harm than good for sellers

By Lisa Laredo A recent real estate mix-up made the news recently when Don Cherry spoke out on Twitter against an auctioneer who apparently falsely claimed a house for sale in ... Read more

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Repairs, maintenance main issues in current condo law

The murkiness around maintenance and repairs is one of the most serious defects in the current Condominium Act, Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant says in  CondoBusiness . ... Read more

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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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