Real Estate

Condos can impose reasonable pet bans: Mackey

Condo corporations may lawfully ban pets in certain circumstances, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Read more

Loeb: Tarion needs to require more standard-form agreements

Tarion Warranty Corp.’s recent efforts to provide more consumer information on the risks of pre-construction condominium purchases don’t go far enough, and the new home regulator should take an aggressive role in requiring more standard-form agreements, Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb tells The Globe and Mail. Read more

Buying property with friends can be a risky investment

Toronto’s inflated housing prices have forced would-be homeowners to get creative when it comes to finding a place to call their own, including teaming up with friends, says Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing. Read more

Affordability of condo corporation insurance a growing crisis

A growing number of condo corporations are struggling to get reasonable insurance coverage, says Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant. Read more

Condo boards must proactively address harassment: Greco

Harassment is a growing concern for condo corporations, says Toronto condominium lawyer Patrick Greco. Read more

Laneway suites ‘perfect solution’ to affordable housing shortage

Allowing people to build laneway suites behind their homes is a great way to create low-cost housing while increasing the value of individual properties, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Referencing emails doesn’t make them part of the record: CAT

Emails between condo board members are not part of the official record, but directors still have to be very careful about what they write in these online messages, says Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner. Read more

Aspiring litigator Suri finds a match in condo law

Toronto condominium lawyer Inderpreet Suri has found a perfect match in her chosen sector of law. Read more

Condo adjustment refunds a victory for consumers

Consumers scored a big victory when an Ontario Superior Court judge ordered refunds of huge closing adjustments paid by purchasers of brand new condo units, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey, who represented the successful litigants. Read more

Sharing information benefits entire mortgage sector: Samaroo

Improving the professional conduct and educational standards of brokers and lenders would provide “great consumer protection,” Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Be detailed when building a neighbour dispute case

The devil can be in the details when it comes to resolving disputes between condominium neighbours, says Toronto condominium lawyer John De Vellis. Read more

Ontario considers registry for private mortgage lenders

While Ontario contemplates a registry for private mortgage lenders, Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing tells The Lawyer’s Daily that he’s not sure lawyers are entirely clear about how it will work. Read more

Have mechanism to remove disruptive condo board members

Having a code of ethics in place for a condominium’s board of directors assists in holding members accountable if they become disruptive, problematic or violent, says Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb. Read more

Samaroo to appear on radio talk show

Toronto lawyer Sarita Samaroo will share her thoughts on the federal election during an appearance on Sauga 960 AM radio on Oct. 10. Read more

Shpigelman’s varied practice rooted in candour

Clients come first for Toronto lawyer Svetlana Ora Shpigelman. Read more