real estate law


  • Fixed fees advertising in real estate ads questioned

    Fixed fees advertising in real estate ads questioned

    Apr 15, 2019

    Real estate lawyers continue to advertise fixed-fee services with exceptions, despite tighter restrictions passed by the Law Society of Ontario less than two years ago.

  • Legal battle waged over billboard

    Legal battle waged over billboard

    Mar 4, 2019

    A “Signage enforcement blitz” by the City of Toronto has raised “a potentially profound contest” between the legislation governing signs and the right to expression guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, according to a recent court decision.

  • The special case of private mortgages

    Feb 25, 2019

    Consumers are increasingly turning to private lenders for mortgage financings and re­financings. Whether this uptick is caused by mortgage stress tests, rising interest rates or borrowers simply wanting to cash in on the equity in their homes, the fact is that, in my opinion, lawyers are being asked to close a growing number of real estate transactions involving private lenders.

  • Closing date not essential to enforce real estate deal

    Closing date not essential to enforce real estate deal

    Oct 8, 2018

    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice says a purchase agreement of 48 Ontario residential lots is enforceable, despite the seller’s claim that the unmeetable closing date invalidated the agreement.

  • Supreme Court declines leave to appeal in TREB case

    Supreme Court declines leave to appeal in TREB case

    Sep 17, 2018

    In August, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed leave to appeal in the case of the Toronto Real Estate Board in its dispute with the competition commisioner, a case that touches on the intersection of competition law and privacy.

  • Litigation wages over space between properties

    Litigation wages over space between properties

    Aug 20, 2018

    Some of the relevant case law may date back to the mid 19th century or earlier, but even in 2018, there appear to be judicial disagreements about how to apply the legal tests when it comes to litigation between neighbours over whether a prescriptive easement has been established on a space between their properties.

  • Paralegal looks to stop unlicensed agents at LTB

    Paralegal looks to stop unlicensed agents at LTB

    Mar 12, 2018

    A Cornwall, Ont. paralegal has brought a court application to try to stop property managers who are not licensed to practise law from providing legal services at the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board.

  • LSO determines disbarred lawyer is of good character

    LSO determines disbarred lawyer is of good character

    Mar 5, 2018

    A Law Society of Ontario tribunal has opened the door for a former lawyer to practise law again after he was disbarred for assisting in $2.8 million worth of fraudulent real estate transactions.

  • Client launches lawsuit against Torys LLP for $10 million

    Jan 29, 2018

    A real estate investment trust has launched a $10-million claim against Torys LLP for alleged negligence and breach of its fiduciary duty on a now-rescinded real estate transaction.

  • Litigation waged over dispute on overhanging tree

    Litigation waged over dispute on overhanging tree

    Jan 8, 2018

    A homeowner who does not object to a neighbour regularly accessing a strip of his or her property should not normally lose any legal rights over that land, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled.

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