Real Estate

Toronto: match land transfer tax rebate or lose to the suburbs

The City of Toronto should match the province's land transfer tax rebate to first-time homebuyers or it faces losing more of its tax base to the suburbs, says Toronto real estate lawyer Blair Drummie . Read more

Court-appointed administrator important tool for condo owners

Serving a role that is critical as a last consumer protection for unit owners, court-appointed administrators for condo corporations are, in the right circumstances, a friend rather than a foe to the buildings they administer, Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant writes in Condo Voice magazine. Read more

Don't waive your right to a home inspection

As tempting as it may be to make an offer with no conditions in this red-hot housing market, Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris says it’s unwise to do so, particularly when it comes to a home inspection. Read more

Conduct due diligence, negotiate before signing commercial lease

Toronto business lawyer Anton Katz says there are multiple clauses and conditions that can be negotiated in a commercial lease agreement and, as such, it’s key for prospective tenants to seek legal advice before signing an offer. Read more

Shibley Righton LLP lawyers to share insights at Condominium Conference

Toronto condominium lawyers Armand Conant, Deborah Howden and John De Vellis are set to present at the upcoming 20th annual Condominium Conference, hosted by the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario and the Toronto and area chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute. Read more

Honesty key when defending negligent misrepresentation claim

Although a recent case shows that any breakdown in the test required to establish negligent misrepresentation in a real estate transaction will result in a failed claim, honesty is still the best policy when it comes to defending this type of accusation, Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo tells Law Times . Read more

Buying a freehold or condo checklist

By Lisa Laredo . Here is a list of things that should be included in your contract of services to be performed by your lawyer when you make condominium or freehold home purchases: Read more

Unfair shared facilities agreement ruling a victory for condos

A recent decision that allowed a condo corporation to unilaterally amend an oppressive shared facilities agreement is an important win for the condo community, Toronto condominium lawyers Armand Conant , Deborah Howden and John De Vellis write in Condo Voice magazine. Read more

The basics of commercial leases

Toronto business lawyer Anton Katz says a commercial lease is an important component to most clients’ businesses and before entering into one, it’s crucial to understand key concepts and rights. Read more

Dog waste DNA test raises questions for condo corporations

While a new initiative that aims to test dog waste in order to identify and fine condo dwellers who don’t stoop and scoop could be a useful tool, it is not without its challenges and hurdles, Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant tells Global News . Read more

Starting solo firm expensive, gratifying for young lawyers

As a young sole practitioner with overheads to consider, Toronto real estate lawyer Anar Dewshi tells Lawyers Weekly that she has chosen to focus on growing her law practice and paying off debt, rather than purchasing a home or taking a vacation. Read more

Conant appointed a founding director of Condominium Authority of Ontario

Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant has been appointed a founding/first director of the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO). Read more

Bring pet ownership to attention of your real estate lawyer

Toronto real estate lawyer Patrick J. Aulis advises prospective condominium buyers who own pets to let their lawyers know in advance of signing a purchase and sale agreement. Read more

Obligations of condo corporations regarding common elements

By Lisa Laredo . There has been recent mention in the media regarding elevators in condominium buildings that have been out of service for substantial periods of time. Stories like these raise the legal questions: what is the obligation of a condominium corporation to maintain and repair the common elements and what can be done if the corporation fails to live up to its obligations? Read more

Exclusions to the government's GST/HST new home rebate

There may be some relief to new construction purchasers that do not plan on making the residence their principal residence, she says, as the CRA may allow a portion of the rebate to be returned to purchasers that plan on leasing their unit and have a valid lease agreement via the GST/HST New Residential Rental Property Rebate. Read more