Always review a current status certificate before buying a condo

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. Here’s why. One woman we know simply had her lawyer review the status certificate’s summary page before getting the go-ahead to [...]

By |2019-09-03T15:20:06+00:00September 30th, 2018|

Buying a house with a tenant? Here’s what you need to know

For many homeowners, renting out the basement or other areas of their home is an attractive idea. After all, having a tenant helps cover mortgage costs, making the purchase easier to afford. In exchange, all you (hopefully) have to do is fix the occasional leaky faucet. But having a tenant in a single-family home can [...]

By |2019-09-03T18:10:18+00:00April 2nd, 2018|

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. Last spring, “the market was so hot that vendors were able to sell most properties within a day or two; many above the [...]

By |2019-11-29T17:27:10+00:00January 30th, 2018|

New legislation proposes to increase protection for new homebuyers

Although the Ontario new home warranties plan has been in effect for more than 40 years, it has given rise to persistent complaints of an appearance of conflict of interest — and the government now plans to split its two functions, Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredowrites in The Lawyer’s Daily. Currently, as set out [...]

By |2019-11-29T17:38:36+00:00November 4th, 2017|

Speculation tax more political than practical

The Ontario government's recently announced policy changes won’t have a significant impact on the real estate market. Non-resident speculation tax The government’s 15 per cent tax on the purchase price of all property in the Greater Toronto Area by non-residents of Canada is intended to curb the influx of foreign money into the market, which [...]

By |2019-11-29T17:41:40+00:00August 22nd, 2017|

Check with condo board before decking halls

Toronto real estate lawyer Lisa Laredo advises condo owners to check with their boards on the guidelines for holiday adornments before stringing up lights and holiday decorations. Toronto has hundreds of high-rise condominium complexes housing thousands of people from diverse backgrounds, and condominium corporations have to cater to all, making it impractical to acknowledge every [...]

By |2019-11-29T17:55:47+00:00December 12th, 2016|

Buying a freehold or condo checklist

Here is a list of things that should be included in your contract of services to be performed by your lawyer when you make condominium or freehold home purchases: Review executed agreement of purchase and sale. Drawing or negotiating agreements or other negotiating will involve an additional fee, Investigate title, make requisitions on title and [...]

By |2019-11-29T17:57:46+00:00October 29th, 2016|

The need for standardization, regulation of home inspectors

A person who purchases a used home in Ontario accepts it as is without any warranty as to its condition or fitness as a home. There are two exceptions to that blanket statement: a) where the contract sets out representations as to the condition of one or more aspects of the structure, those representations are [...]

By |2019-11-29T18:03:40+00:00May 18th, 2016|

Controversial ruling in Spence unlikely to apply to many other estates cases

The court decision in Spence v. BMO Trust Company, 2015 ONSC 615 (CanLII) has led to concerns about court interference and uncertainty in estate planning. An Ontario court judge held a will to be invalid due to a perceived intolerance, based on witness testimony, that while the testator had in his will disinherited his daughter [...]

By |2019-11-29T18:44:47+00:00February 25th, 2015|

Pros and cons of purchasing a new or resale condo

A recent Toronto Star article reports that more than 20,000 new condominium units were completed in Toronto in 2014, and that by the end of October, almost 19,000 new units were sold. This jump in new builds is a result of a number of factors, including rising costs in the housing market, the draw of [...]

By |2019-11-29T18:46:17+00:00January 16th, 2015|