Real Estate

Condo boards struggle to deal with delinquent pet owners

Condominium boards have options to regulate pets, but requiring animal owners to pay an extra fee is not one of them, says Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb. Read more

How to deal with problem condo residents: Berkovitz

An amendment to Ontario’s Condominium Act outlining the legal test for requiring an owner to sell their unit, won’t make the process of removing an owner any easier for condo corporations, says Toronto condominium lawyer Joel Berkovitz . Read more

Condo resolution tribunal still a work in progress: Loeb

Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb says she is encouraged by the initial progress made by the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) but that it has the potential to do much more. Read more

Introduction to condominiums: the basics

Prospective homeowners should seek advice before leaping into the unique world of condominium ownership, says Mississauga real estate lawyer Jia Junaid. Read more

Disclosing prices in bidding wars may hurt homebuyers: Samaroo

An Ontario government proposal to allow realtors to disclose prices of other offers in bidding wars may cost homebuyers more in the long run, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo. Read more

Changes needed to combat condo cancellations: Mackey

Legislative changes may be needed to stem the recent tide of cancellations of condo building constructions, says Toronto condominium lawyer Megan Mackey . Read more

Duty to accommodate predicated on disability

It's a growing trend in Ontario for condo residents to try to circumvent pet bans by claiming their dog is an emotional support animal, but there are many misunderstandings around the legalities of the issue, says Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner. Read more

Do homework when buying a condo before it’s built: Laredo

Buyers looking to purchase a pre-construction condo unit should do their research to avoid cancellations, Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo tells CTV News Read more

Changes aimed at fighting money laundering raise privacy concerns

A number of newly proposed measures aimed at combating money laundering in British Columbia’s real estate sector will likely create a huge burden as well as an invasion of privacy for a large number of property owners, says Vancouver corporate lawyer Jonathan Reilly. Read more

When a contract is not a contract

Until you cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s, a contract is nothing more than an unenforceable piece of paper, says Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Ban bully offers, double-ending to improve fairness: Samaroo

Banning bully offers and double-ending by realtors would make the real estate market fairer for consumers, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo. Read more

Cancellation always a risk for pre-construction buyers, says Howden

Purchasers who wish to invest in condos prior to construction can mitigate their risk by seeking legal advice before signing on the dotted line, according to Toronto condominium lawyers Deborah Howden and Warren Kleiner. Read more

Research developers to avoid construction deficiency lawsuit

Condo buyers who wish to avoid a dispute over construction deficiencies should choose their developer carefully, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Read more

Proceed with caution with looming limitation periods

Condo corporations should err on the side of caution when it comes to limitation periods in disputes with service providers, says Toronto condominium lawyer John De Vellis. Read more

OREA urges province to revamp realtor rules

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) has released a number of recommendations to revamp how real estate is sold, including allowing an open bidding process, Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more