Real Estate

Condos grapple with accessibility accommodation

Accessibility is the wave of the future, and condo corporations need good policies to deal with a growing number of requests for accommodation due to disability, says Toronto condominium lawyer Deborah Howden. Read more

FOLA calls for changes around all-inclusive real estate quotes

The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) is calling for changes around "all-inclusive" fee quotes in real estate transactions and how they are advertised. Read more

First phase of reforms set to affect condo directors, owners

Recent changes to condominium legislation represent a “brave new world” for the industry, with stakeholders hoping that new rules will significantly improve the community, enhance consumer protection and not stifle development, Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant writes in the spring issue of Condo Confidential . Read more

Conant to discuss new condo legislation at CCI’s annual conference

Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant will discuss Bill 106, Protecting Condominium Owners Act , at the 2017 Condominium Conference & Trade Show in Hamilton this weekend. Read more

Rent control could stifle market supply

Rent control measures could stifle market supply if the past is any guide, says Toronto real estate lawyer Peter Neilson. Read more

Title insurance: a primer for homeowners

Title insurance beats out solicitors' opinions for budget-conscious home buyers, Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Lawyers need clarity on tax changes affecting real estate transactions

A package of provincial policy measures designed to cool the Greater Golden Horseshoe housing market raises serious issues for real estate lawyers and must be clarified immediately “to avoid chaos and unintended consequences,” says Eldon Horner, past-chairman of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA). Read more

Joint tenancy: condo boards and Bill C-45

With recreational marijuana slated to become legal next spring, condominium corporations should start thinking about what steps they’ll need to take to ensure harmony among residents with diverging viewpoints, Toronto real estate lawyer Anar Dewshi tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Title searches critical in real estate deals

Title searches are an essential part of purchasing a property, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Costly lessons in buying a new home

By Matthias Duensing . It’s a seller’s market in and around Toronto. Buyers frequently make one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives within hours — often without having much time to examine the property they’re purchasing. Read more

Who’s on the hook for supplemental property tax bills?

No one wants to pay extra property taxes, but that’s the risk buyers of newly built homes take when they don’t seek legal advice before signing purchase agreements, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris. Read more

Conant to discuss new condo legislation at SpringFest

Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant will provide an update on Bill 106, Protecting Condominium Owners Act , at the upcoming SpringFest in Toronto. Read more

Hot real estate market can't always be cooled by legislation

Politicians hoping to solve the Greater Toronto Area’s housing affordability crisis with legislation should proceed with caution, says Toronto real estate lawyer Peter Neilson. Read more

Elevator repair legislation timely given construction boom

Proposed legislation that would make timely elevator repair mandatory in Ontario is much needed, given the increase in development and condominium construction in the city, Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Can condo boards ban smoking in units?

Health Canada’s proposal to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums is raising questions among condo owners who intentionally purchased units in buildings where smoking is permitted, says Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo. Read more