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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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B.C. landlord-tenant case highlights need for legislation review

A recent case in British Columbia involving a tenant who never paid rent and allegedly worked the system to delay eviction is another example of why landlord-tenant legislation ... Read more

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Information statements and the obligations of realtors

By Shari Elliott I am often asked what my opinion is on whether Seller Property Information Statements (SPIS) should be used in a real estate transaction. This question has ... Read more

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Why ‘rent-to-own’ arrangements don’t work

By Lisa Laredo Many years ago, you occasionally saw long term agreements of purchase and sale in which purchaser A agreed to purchase a certain property from vendor B at a fixed ... Read more

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Does irrevocable mean irrevocable?

By Shari Elliott I have been asked on more than one occasion by real estate agents if they can withdraw an offer after it has been submitted and prior to the irrevocable date ... Read more

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Prevention strategy key in curbing real estate fraud

Prevention should be a key component in the Law Society of Upper Canada's plan to curb the large number of real estate fraud cases it sees, Toronto real estate lawyer Karen ... Read more

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Review hot water tank rental contract

By Shari Elliott A new trend which is becoming more common in residential purchase agreements is for purchasers not to automatically agree to assume the hot water tank rental. ... Read more

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Scarcity of law exists for stigmatized properties

In Ontario, sellers and real estate agents are under no legislative obligation to disclose information about murders, suicides or other negative events that may have transpired on ... Read more

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Dissecting the document that binds real estate deals

By Shari Elliott This month I have chosen to focus on some commonly asked questions related to the agreement of purchase and sale. The first article deals with agreements that ... Read more

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Disclosing information to buyers not an issue of if, but when

The definition of “material fact” in the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act’s Code of Ethics regulation should be amended to add clarity, says Barrie real estate lawyer ... Read more

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Landlords must protect their property

The priority for landlords in disputes with their tenants is to protect their property, Barrie real estate lawyer Shari Elliott  tells Law Times .  Read Law Times ... Read more

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A look back at the top issues from summer 2012

By Shari Elliott What follows is a list of the top issues that stood out in the summer of 2012. 1. Surveys Some examples of clauses that are commonly used which can ... Read more

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The document dilemma faced by lawyers

By Lisa Laredo Drafting legal documents is in every lawyer’s job description, and a dilemma exists within this essential task. In most cases, this paperwork becomes too ... Read more

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Consider terms of exit agreement before purchase

By Shari Elliott This month I have reviewed two situations, both dealing with tenant relationships. The first is the traditional tenant relationship of landlord and ... Read more

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