Real Estate

Condo pitfalls avoided with pre-purchase legal advice

Consulting a lawyer before a condo purchase can help buyers avoid nasty shocks after closing, Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey tells Read more

Inclusionary zoning could unite or further divide

The Ontario government’s plan to create more affordable housing comes with a controversial inclusionary zoning provision, Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Beware of 'zombie deeds'

Without administrative changes to the land registration system, the government has no way to determine the intent of the transferor, Toronto real estate and wills and estates lawyer Lisa Laredo tells . Read more

Protecting your real estate asset

Title insurance and a real property report both offer homebuyers protection, but one is not a substitute for the other, Toronto real estate lawyer Patrick J. Aulis tells Read more

Consider buying rental items along with the home

When purchasing a home, consider buying out any utility and appliance rental contracts to avoid a notice of security interest being registered against title to your property, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris. Read more

Legal advice on marijuana crucial for condo boards

Condominium boards should think about whether restrictions on marijuana smoke are needed in their buildings before legalization takes effect later this year, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Read more

Conant receives ACMO award for condo reform work

Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant was recently presented with an award by the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO). Read more

Samaroo-Tsaktsiris to speak at upcoming BDC event

Toronto lawyer Sarita Samaroo-Tsaktsiris will discuss options for financing and how to purchase a business at an upcoming BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) event in Etobicoke. Read more

Condo boards don’t always need owners' permission

When it comes to making changes in condominiums, boards don’t always have to seek input from unit owners, Toronto condo lawyer John De Vellis tells Law Times . Read more

'Bold' housing strategy still untested: Duensing

The federal government’s National Housing Strategy may be ambitious, but it remains to be seen whether it will be successful, Toronto real estate lawyer Matthias Duensing writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Conant to speak at two condo information sessions

Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant will discuss a variety of condo issues at two upcoming events. Read more

Historic Airbnb-condo deal a win-win: Lash

A historic partnership between Airbnb and Neptune condominiums is a win-win, says Toronto condominium lawyer Denise Lash , who helped ink the deal. Read more

Private mortgages: borrowers beware

Borrowers need to know what they’re getting into before signing up for a private mortgage because it could be more costly than they anticipate, warns Mississauga real estate and immigration lawyer Jia Junaid. Read more

Superior court ruling gives life to 'zombie deeds'

It’s questionable whether an attempt by the Ontario government to prevent so-called “zombie deeds” from being validated in the land registry system will have much of an impact because a 2015 Ontario Superior Court decision takes precedence, Toronto real estate lawyer Daniel Bernstein tells Read more

Conditions exist to safeguard interests of purchasers

A booming real estate market last year caused an uptick in offers with no conditions, a phenomenon which can harm buyers, writes Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more