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Bob Aaron is a Toronto real estate lawyer and columnist for The Toronto Star. He can be reached by email, on his website aaron.ca, and Twitter @bobaaron2.

Seller ruled not negligent after bats found in B.C. home

A colony of bats discovered by purchasers inside their home sparked a dispute that ended in a B.C. court with Judge Judith Doulis pronouncing it “an archetypical case of buyer’s remorse.”

Opinion: OREA’s COVID-19 clauses are defective

In many years of practising real estate law, I can honestly state that this OREA clause is the worst real estate clause I have ever seen.

Agents face heat for illegal income apartments

How does an interested buyer know if a home’s basement apartment is legal? And what information about basement apartments must real estate agents provide to buyers?

Letters: Ontario had land transfer tax since 1921

In the September issue of REM, Bill Johnston wrote that until April 1974, Ontario didn’t have a land transfer tax. The fact is that Ontario’s first Land Transfer Tax was introduced in 1921.

Sex at the open house

What happens if a real estate sales rep finds out that some visitors were having sex during an open house? Or worse, what happens if the sales rep is personally involved?

Who is responsible for this Toronto condo boondoggle?

Is it the obligation of the listing agent to verify the units being sold against the condominium plans to make sure that the sellers' deed matches the unit in which they are living?

The danger of not reporting claims to E&O insurer

As a result of the failure to put the insurer on notice, the agent was denied insurance coverage in defending herself in the negligence action and was personally responsible for her legal fees.

Why you must review home inspections with clients

A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court in July highlights the obligation real estate agents have to review home inspections with their clients.

Should escalation clauses be banned?

The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) sent a controversial newsletter about the use of escalation clauses to agents across the province. Discussions on the Internet lit up with criticisms of the RECO position. 

Law firm opens real estate brokerage: Is it the future?

For the first time that I am aware of, a law firm in Ontario has established its own real estate brokerage to handle the needs of the local community. But not everybody is happy with the start-up realty firm.