Real Estate

Speed is key when addressing hoarders, pests in condos

Condominium boards and managers should deal with hoarding and pest issues quickly, going to court if necessary, to stay on top of potentially expensive problems, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Read more

No free pass for medical pot users in condos

Condominium corporations will only investigate if someone has been smoking or vaping cannabis in their unit when a formal complaint is lodged, Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb tells CBC. Read more

Planned condo law changes uncertain since election

Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant tells CondoBusiness magazine he’s hopeful the new Ontario government will follow through with changes to the Condominium Act that haven’t yet been proclaimed. Read more

Duty exists to accommodate medicinal pot in condos: De Vellis

While the legalization of recreational cannabis should not have much of an impact for condos that have banned smoking, accommodations must be made for those using medical cannabis, says Toronto condo lawyer John De Vellis. Read more

Is your condo board prepared for pot?

Now that Oct. 17 has come and gone, there may be a whiff of something else in the autumn air, Toronto business lawyer Joel Berkovitz writes in Shibley Righton’s Condo Law Newsletter. Read more

Shared facilities agreements part 1: the problems

In part one of two-part series on shared facilities agreements, Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner outlines the most common issues that arise. Read more

Cultivating cannabis: condo rules supersede legislation

Growing weed at home may be legal under the Cannabis Act , but that doesn’t mean everyone can do it, especially those living in condos, Toronto condominium lawyer Deborah Howden tells NOW magazine. Read more

Commission-free real estate company set to expand in Canada

With a global real estate giant hoping to disrupt the Canadian market, consumers may not be so quick to sign up for the company's commission-free sales approach, Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Samaroo among elite women of real estate: REP

Real estate may still be a male-dominated profession, but there’s a demographic shift in the works, Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo tells Real Estate Professional’s online magazine. Read more

Always review a current status certificate before buying a condo

By Lisa Laredo . Buying a condo is not the same as buying a house. With a condo, there are a few extra details you should check before signing the deal. A crucial one is the status certificate. Read more

Governance tips for condo directors

Condominium directors on the board could benefit from additional training in governance issues beyond what mandatory education courses provide, Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner tells Read more

CAO looking for feedback to continue to improve

Since it’s official launch, the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) has been busy providing support to the condo community, Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant writes in Condovoice magazine. Read more

Court says title insurance covers losses of badly built property

Structural deficiencies missed because of poor construction may be covered by title insurance in the wake of a recent Superior Court decision, Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Procuring contractor services Part 3: the service agreement

In the final instalment of a three-part series, Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey discusses service agreements and penalty clauses. Read more

SCC decision allows Toronto realtors to publish home sales data

The Supreme Court of Canada’s refusal to hear an appeal from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) comes as no surprise to many in the business, Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo tells Real Estate Professional Canada’s online magazine. Read more