real estate law

  • B.C.’s real estate owner requirements a huge burden for clients, say lawyers

    B.C.’s real estate owner requirements a huge burden for clients, say lawyers

    Jun 11, 2019

    Complying with British Columbia’s new real estate owner reporting requirements will create a lot of legal work and raise the price of real estate transactions, lawyers say.

  • Construction lien reform

    Construction lien reform

    Jun 3, 2019

    As Ontario prepares to enact the second phase of its construction lien legislation, the other provinces are considering or implementing a similar new prompt payment and adjudication regime.

  • B.C. law society proposes rules to crack down on money laundering

    B.C. law society proposes rules to crack down on money laundering

    May 6, 2019

    As the B.C. government continues its crackdown on money laundering, the Law Society of B.C. is proposing a rule change relating to trust funds plus issued guidelines for private loans agreements in a bid to protect lawyers from becoming collateral damage.

  • SCC hears case on Crown copyright in land registry case

    SCC hears case on Crown copyright in land registry case

    Mar 29, 2019

    The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday heard a dispute over the copyright of land surveys, with interveners from across the legal community.

  • Pop-up legalities

    Pop-up legalities

    Mar 25, 2019

    Despite the increasing popularity of online sales, the continued need for a tactile, hands-on shopping experience has led to the increasing popularity of pop-up shops in both malls and street-front spaces.

  • Avoiding real estate litigation

    Avoiding real estate litigation

    Jan 28, 2019

    While mediation is used to resolve real estate issues extensively in some parts of the country, such as British Columbia and Ontario, it is not as common in others, such as the Maritimes, Manitoba or Saskatchewan, according to the ADR Institute of Canada.

  • Protecting condo buyers

    Protecting condo buyers

    Oct 22, 2018

    A series of condo cancellations and failures across the country have pre-construction investors crying foul.

  • Ottawa homeowner fighting condo development with constitutional challenge

    Ottawa homeowner fighting condo development with constitutional challenge

    Sep 12, 2018

    An Ottawa homeowner trying to prevent a condo development in his neighbourhood is challenging provisions in the Planning Act that allow developers to turn single-story houses into three-storey apartment complexes as unconstitutional.

  • Backing out of a deal

    Backing out of a deal

    Aug 27, 2018

    Purchasers may regret making an offer on a house, but reneging can be costly

  • City of Burnaby, Toronto Real Estate Board both lose SCC appeal bids

    City of Burnaby, Toronto Real Estate Board both lose SCC appeal bids

    Aug 23, 2018

    Two high-profile appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada were dismissed today, but the fight will continue in other courts in one of those cases.

  • Failed real estate deal clarifies role of deposits under OBCA rules of personal liability

    Failed real estate deal clarifies role of deposits under OBCA rules of personal liability

    Jul 27, 2018

    An Ontario judge weighed in on a real estate dispute this week, deciding that a prospective buyer must forfeit his deposit after he pulled out of a deal, even though his pre-incorporation contract expressly protected against personal liability.

  • Advocating for diversity in-house

    Advocating for diversity in-house

    Jul 3, 2018

    As the director, legal counsel for Choice Properties REIT in Toronto, 33-year-old commercial real estate lawyer Jennifer Asnani juggles her in-house role with her duties as the president of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto — all while striving to promote diversity and mentorship opportunities in the legal profession.

  • Short-term headaches

    Short-term headaches

    Jun 4, 2018

    The growing popularity of short-term rentals has brought a host of new legal issues.

  • Blockchain Reaction

    Blockchain Reaction

    May 14, 2018

    The game-changing technology underpinning crypto-currencies such as bitcoin threatens to supersede lawyers and other trusted intermediaries.

  • Superior Court dismisses appeal in disbarment of real estate lawyer

    Superior Court dismisses appeal in disbarment of real estate lawyer

    Apr 11, 2018

    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has dismissed an appeal brought by a former lawyer whose licence was revoked by the Law Society of Ontario for her participation in mortgage fraud.

  • Splitting the family home

    Splitting the family home

    Mar 26, 2018

    While venturing out into the real estate market to purchase a new home may seem like a constructive way to start life anew after a marital split, a series of landmines await the unwary divorced person.

  • Managing contamination in a sale

    Managing contamination in a sale

    Jan 29, 2018

    Lawyers have several tools to help buyers mitigate unanticipated environmental issues. Environmental contamination has become an increasing concern in real estate and the resulting liabilities could far exceed the original cost of the property.

  • Vancouver firm Singleton Reynolds expands into Toronto

    Vancouver firm Singleton Reynolds expands into Toronto

    Jan 16, 2018

    A Vancouver law firm specializing in construction, real estate and infrastructure law is expanding its operations to Toronto and changing its name to reflect the addition of two high-profile names in construction law.

  • Aird & Berlis adopting AI for use in M&A and real estate law

    Aird & Berlis adopting AI for use in M&A and real estate law

    Dec 19, 2017

    Business law firm Aird & Berlis LLP is stepping into the world of artificial intelligence to drive efficiencies in its mergers and acquisitions and real estate group.

  • Edmonton city report

    Edmonton city report

    Oct 2, 2017

    Alberta’s capital is more diversified than Calgary and lawyers are optimistic things are looking up.