Real Estate

Procuring contractor services Part 1: tendering

In the first instalment of a three-part series, Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey discusses what condominium corporations should know about procuring contractor services. Read more

Eradicating bed bugs in condos involves cooperative effort

With bed bugs becoming an increasingly common problem for condominium corporations, Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner says corporations need to have a tactful approach in dealing with the problem. Read more

Loeb remains the face of condo law in Ontario

Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb became the public face of Ontario’s Condominium Act almost as soon as she began practising law. Read more

What to consider when buying a cottage property

Purchasing a cottage can be an attractive option to get into the market at a lower price with the potential to earn rental income, but Toronto real estate lawyer Blair Drummie says recreational properties have a number of unique issues prospective buyers should watch for. Read more

'Language is critical' when drafting real estate contracts

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision that questioned the interpretation of an illegal substances clause illustrates that language is critical in drafting Agreements of Purchase and Sale (APS) , Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells Read more

Samaroo-Tsaktsiris to speak at upcoming BDC event

Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris will discuss purchasing a commercial property at an upcoming BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) event in Etobicoke. Read more

Revamped ESA creates more costs for condos, owners

Condominium corporations and unit owners can expect their costs to climb due to the higher minimum wage and other changes to the recently updated Employment Standards Act (ESA), says Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner. Read more

Open-minded approach to condo mediation pays dividends

Approaching mediation with an open mind can improve the chances of settlement, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Read more

Intervention needed in the housing market: Duensing

A recent case in the Ontario Superior Court highlights a potentially costly consequence of Toronto’s erratic housing market, Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Ordering condo plans, tax certificates money well spent

Due diligence and about $25 could have saved a world of aggravation surrounding a sizeable townhouse title mix-up, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells . Read more

Condo owners could face liability from short-term rentals

Some condominium corporations are struggling to address the growing popularity of short-term rentals, Toronto condominium lawyers Armand Conant and John De Vellis write in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Condos should use rules not bylaws for pot

Condominium corporations should adopt rules that prohibit growing marijuana in their complexes ahead of legalization later this year, says Toronto condominium lawyer Joel Berkovitz. Read more

Be cautious of add-ons to new lease agreement

Ontario’s new standardized lease agreement for residential tenancies will bring uniformity to the rental process, but landlords must ensure that any additional items they attach to the document don’t disregard the basic agreement, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris. Read more

Ever-changing world of condo law keeps Kleiner engaged

Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner’s practice area keeps him on his toes. Read more

Bylaw helps condos crack down on short-term rentals

The City of Toronto’s move to regulate short-term rentals is good news for condo boards that want to crack down on such use by unit owners, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Read more