Real Estate

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

Conant supports fixing new home warranty program

Creating a separate regulator for builders of new homes is a “step in the right direction on many fronts,” Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Be aware of pre-incorporation risks: Bernstein

People who pay a deposit for a property on behalf of a company that is not yet incorporated could lose that money if the deal falls through, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells Read more

Learn strategies to manage property after death of a loved one

Toronto real estate and wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo will take part in an information session on how to handle the legal and financial complexities when a loved one passes away. Read more

Disclosure must be 'readable, free of unnecessary complexity'

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) handed consumers a victory when it upheld a lower court’s ruling demanding that condo developers explain what they’re selling by using plain language in disclosures, says Toronto real estate lawyer Megan Mackey , who represented the plaintiff in the matter. Read more

Supreme Court decision offers privacy lessons to condos

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) criminal decision offers important guidance to condos that monitor their property with video surveillance, Toronto condominium lawyer Joel Berkovitz tells Read more

Decision against condo developer important for consumers

A developer, who was found by the Ontario Superior Court to be behaving “unreasonably” in rejecting mortgage commitments for purchasers and then relying on that refusal to terminate their contracts and forfeiting their deposits, had no right to terminate the agreements, Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb tells The Globe and Mail. Read more

Options for condo boards looking to ban cannabis

Condo boards have two options if they want to prohibit smoking, growing or processing cannabis within their buildings — they can either amend their declaration or pass a rule, Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner tells Law Times . Read more

Proposed Tarion changes a good start: Samaroo

Creating a separate regulator for builders of new homes is a good idea, Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Practising in association gives lawyers best of both worlds

Lawyers who practise in association with other legal professionals can reap some of the benefits of a larger firm environment while retaining control over their businesses, Mississauga real estate and immigration lawyer Jia Junaid tells Read more

Cannabis legalization leads to uncertain times for landlords

The legalization of cannabis has left many landlords wondering what rights their tenants have when it comes to its use in rental properties, Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo tells Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine . Read more

Condominium tribunal doing an effective job: Howden

More than a year into existence, Ontario’s Condominium Act Tribunal (CAT) is working effectively, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden tells Law Times . Read more

Property management shortage could be brewing 'perfect storm'

A potential crisis is brewing as the shortage of qualified condo property managers intensifies, Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant tells Read more