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Rising fees, urgent repairs may impact resale of condo units

A steep rise in monthly fees to cover urgent repairs — including falling concrete, faulty elevators and toxic mould — at an Etobicoke condominium is “every ... Read more

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No shame in new lawyers saying 'I don't know'

New lawyers building up credibility with clients should not be afraid to say three words rarely uttered in the profession — “I don’t know,” Toronto real ... Read more

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Legislation aims to crackdown on ‘phantom’ offers

New rules around so-called “phantom bids” will make it easier to take action against agents who falsify or fabricate information or documents, Toronto real estate ... Read more

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E-cigs pose concerns for condo corporations

Loosely regulated electronic cigarettes pose concerns for both condominium board members and residents, write Toronto lawyers Armand Conant and Joel Berkovitz in ... Read more

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Conant provides early insights into Bill 106

Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant weighs in on Bill 106, including what’s new and what the government may have missed, in the July 2015 cover story of ... Read more

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Tighter industry rules over mortgage brokers a 'good idea,' says Drummie

TORONTO – Mortgage brokers are advocating for tighter industry rules in the wake of allegations that dozens of brokers working with Home Capital Group Inc. falsified client ... Read more

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The differences between a deposit and down payment

By Lisa Laredo When buying a home, the standard real estate contract will always require a deposit. The contract may then go on to provide for a further payment of cash, ... Read more

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Conference to highlight timely issues for condo industry

Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant will be presenting at an upcoming conference in London, Ont., hosted by the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario and the ... Read more

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Conant to discuss Bill 106 at AMCO Town Hall

Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant will be speaking at the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (AMCO)’s Town Hall meeting.   The seminar — ... Read more

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Conant to provide insight on Condo Act changes

Toronto condominium lawyer Armand Conant will be part of a panel discussion hosted by the Canadian Condominium Institute (Toronto and Area Chapter), discussing the Ontario ... Read more

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Cottages and the septic system

By Lisa Laredo It’s cottage season and the onset of warm weather is an inspiration to start thinking seriously about investing in that summer retreat you’ve ... Read more

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Province's condo reform will impact lawyers

The reforms designed to assist Ontario’s condo owners will also provide business opportunities for condominium lawyers, real estate and developer lawyers and litigators, ... Read more

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OCA provides commentary on entire agreement clauses, SPIS

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision shines a light on entire agreement clauses in the standard residential agreement of purchase and sale and on the use of the seller ... Read more

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Conant: proposed changes ‘monumental’ for condo industry

The Ontario government’s long-anticipated revisions to the Condominium Act and legislation for the licensing of property managers are a “game changer,” says ... Read more

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Case may usher in new era for purchasers of new condo units

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision raises questions about the conflict between consumer protection legislation and traditional common law principles such as buyer beware, write ... Read more

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OCA examines law around Seller Property Information Statements

By Lisa Laredo The Ontario Court of Appeal recently had the opportunity to examine the law surrounding Seller Property Information Statements in Soboczynski v. Beauchamp , ... Read more

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High insurance premiums cause for concern in Ontario

Toronto condo lawyer Armand Conant weighs in on the increasing problem of insurance companies refusing new clients or demanding higher premiums in a recent Reuters article. ... Read more

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The problem with 'insuring over' title claims

Toronto real estate and criminal lawyer Blair Drummie says the trend of title insurers “insuring over” claims rather than correcting the deficiencies will ... Read more

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Decision provides clarity for condo arbitration appeals

A recent Superior Court of Ontario decision provides guidance on the appropriate standard of review of an arbitrator’s decision in the context of an award held pursuant to ... Read more

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Real property defects: a vendor’s obligation to disclose

By Lisa Laredo Any examination of the law regarding defects in real property commences with the famous statement by Prof. Bora Laskin in the Law Society of Upper Canada ... Read more

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