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James Cook is a partner at Gardiner Roberts in Toronto and has been with the firm since he articled there in 2002. As a litigator in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Group, he has experience in a broad range of commercial, real estate and professional liability litigation. Phone 416-865-6628; email [email protected]. This article is provided for educational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the views of Gardiner Roberts LLP.

Seller ruled not responsible for property zoning or future use limitations

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The Ontario Superior Court of Justice affirmed that preliminary discussions between a buyer and seller regarding the potential zoning or future uses of a property are generally superseded by the written terms of the purchase agreement.

Misrepresentation in square footage leads to rescission of Agreement of Purchase and Sale

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A misrepresentation by the seller and real estate agent as to the square footage of a residential property in Stouffville, Ont. resulted in the rescission of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS) and the return of the $50,000 deposit.

Water damage insufficient to terminate transaction

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In Bilotta v. Booth, 2020 ONCA 522, the Ontario Court of Appeal determined that the buyer did not have the right to refuse to close a transaction on the basis that they had not been provided with timely notice of water damage from a basement flood.

Real estate agent’s defamation claim survives anti-SLAPP motion

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The plaintiff, Niu, was a well-known Chinese-speaking real estate agent in Oakville, Ont., with a base of Chinese-speaking clientele. The defendant, Cao, had used Niu's services to find and purchase a home.