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Procuring contractor services Part 1: tendering

In the first instalment of a three-part series, Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey discusses what condominium corporations should know about procuring ... Read more

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Eradicating bed bugs in condos involves cooperative effort

With bed bugs becoming an increasingly common problem for condominium corporations, Toronto condominium lawyer  Warren Kleiner  says corporations need to have a ... Read more

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Loeb remains the face of condo law in Ontario

Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb became the public face of Ontario’s Condominium Act almost as soon as she began practising law. The 1967 Act underwent its ... Read more

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What to consider when buying a cottage property

Purchasing a cottage can be an attractive option to get into the market at a lower price with the potential to earn rental income, but Toronto real estate lawyer Blair Drummie ... Read more

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'Language is critical' when drafting real estate contracts

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision that questioned the interpretation of an illegal substances clause illustrates that language is critical in drafting Agreements of Purchase ... Read more

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Samaroo-Tsaktsiris to speak at upcoming BDC event

Toronto real estate lawyer  Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris  will discuss purchasing a commercial property at an upcoming  BDC  (Business Development Bank of Canada) ... Read more

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Revamped ESA creates more costs for condos, owners

Condominium corporations and unit owners can expect their costs to climb due to the higher minimum wage and other changes to the recently updated Employment Standards Act ... Read more

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Open-minded approach to condo mediation pays dividends

Approaching mediation with an open mind can improve the chances of settlement, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator  Megan Mackey . Under the province’s ... Read more

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Intervention needed in the housing market: Duensing

A recent case in the Ontario Superior Court highlights a potentially costly consequence of Toronto’s erratic housing market, Toronto real estate lawyer  Matthias ... Read more

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Ordering condo plans, tax certificates money well spent

Due diligence and about $25 could have saved a world of aggravation surrounding a sizeable townhouse title mix-up, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells ... Read more

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Condo owners could face liability from short-term rentals

Some condominium corporations are struggling to address the growing popularity of short-term rentals, Toronto condominium lawyers  Armand Conant  and John De Vellis ... Read more

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Condos should use rules not bylaws for pot

Condominium corporations should adopt rules that prohibit growing marijuana in their complexes ahead of legalization later this year, says Toronto condominium lawyer Joel ... Read more

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Be cautious of add-ons to new lease agreement

Ontario’s new standardized lease agreement for residential tenancies will bring uniformity to the rental process, but landlords must ensure that any additional items they ... Read more

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Ever-changing world of condo law keeps Kleiner engaged

Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner’s practice area keeps him on his toes.  The most recent census  estimated the city’s condo dwelling ... Read more

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Bylaw helps condos crack down on short-term rentals

The City of Toronto’s move to regulate short-term rentals is good news for condo boards that want to crack down on such use by unit owners, says Toronto condominium and ... Read more

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New mortgage stress test could make homes less affordable

The government’s attempt to cool the hot housing market may actually prevent some people from being able to buy a new home, Toronto real estate lawyer  Matthias ... Read more

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Forcing owners to carry pets may contravene condo rules

A condo’s rules — including those around pets — must be deemed reasonable and can't be inconsistent with the Condominium Act or the building's ... Read more

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Condo Act amendments 'significant': Kleiner

Amendments to the Condominium Act  that took effect in November 2017 marked the most significant changes to the condominium industry since its inception, writes Toronto ... Read more

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Anonymous tip line not ideal for tackling systemic real estate issues

Although British Columbia’s real estate regulator is aiming to boost consumer protection via its new anonymous  tip line to report alleged misconduct by agents ... Read more

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Vancouver rules for short-term rentals to ease city's vacancy rate: mayor

VANCOUVER — The city of Vancouver is moving to legalize short-term rental accommodation but operators will only be able to advertise their principal residence. Vancouver ... Read more

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