Real Estate

Account for every inch of your property when selling: Bernstein

People selling a property must ensure they describe the land accurately or the buyer has a valid reason to back out of the sale, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Condo boards often brought into disputes between neighbours

A legal battle between a celebrity and his Manhattan neighbour may be a rather extreme example of a fairly common condominium dispute, says Toronto condominium lawyer Luis Hernandez. Read more

How a real estate lawyer spots issues early on

By Matthias Duensing Thinking about buying or selling a home? That’s a huge investment, probably the biggest you will make in your lifetime. Read more

Ontario to allow agencies to reject tenants evicted for crimes

TORONTO — Ontario will allow community housing providers to reject tenants who have previously been evicted for criminal activity. Read more

Judgment could have impact on condo industry: Mackey

A recent court ruling that saw a condominium owner lose her unit due to the actions of her tenant is good news for condo residents but could have a “chilling effect” on investors, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Read more

Jedlinski offers personal service to entrepreneurs

Windsor corporate lawyer John Jedlinski is in it for the long haul with his clients. Read more

Work with condo board when you want to make changes: Mackey

If you live in a condo and want to build a deck or make other changes to your common areas, work with your board to enter into a mutual agreement that will make it permanent to avoid future cost and conflict, says Toronto condominium lawyer Megan Mackey. Read more

Keep flags, election signs out of condo windows: Kleiner

Condo dwellers who want to show their support of candidates in political elections should do it in a way that doesn’t involve posting signs in windows or common areas of the building, advises Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner. Read more

Condo unit owners not always king of the castle

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision highlights the restricted rights that condominium unit owners have to renovate compared with traditional freehold homeowners, says Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant. Read more

Even condos that allow pets won’t tolerate nuisance animals

There’s nothing in the Condominium Act that specifically speaks to a ban on pets, but condo corporations can create restrictions and rules to enforce the type of animal and how many an owner or resident can have in a unit, says Toronto condo and human rights lawyer Deborah Howden. Read more

Condo boards can ban balcony barbecues: Mackey

Residents will struggle to challenge condo-imposed bans on balcony barbecuing, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Read more

Call to condo lawyer would have saved corporation time, money

A condominium management team that objected to a Jewish condo owner attaching a mezuzah to the doorframe of his residence highlights the importance of seeking legal advice before taking action, says Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb. Read more

First-time homebuyer program beneficial outside GTA: Samaroo

The federal government’s new homebuyers program could help many get that elusive dream home, but it’s not expected to have much of an effect on those living in high-priced urban centres like Toronto and Vancouver, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo. Read more

Assignment agreements with condos a tricky business

Assigning or “flipping” a condo unit is risky for both parties, so be sure to get legal advice from someone well-versed in this area of law, says Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner. Read more

Condo corporations can access units without owner approval

Owners cannot prevent condominium corporation representatives from entering their units if they are fulfilling the corporation’s duties under the Condominium Act and if reasonable advance notice has been given, says Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant. Read more