Commercial tenants and landlords and COVID-19

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COVID-19 showed me that, notwithstanding one’s legal rights, landlords and tenants can co-operate, especially since their survival was interdependent. This is especially true during the height of COVID-19.

Getting it in writing may not be enough

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This case provides several important lessons about the dangers of miscommunication and not putting everything into a lease, despite written emails and good intentions.

What’s in a day? A lot: Subleases and lease assignments

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In V Hazelton Limited v. Perfect Smile Dental Inc., the tenant, with the landlord’s permission, decided to relocate his business and sublease his unit to a subtenant.
Aerial view of Toronto cityscape showing Downtown buildings on a sunny day in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Is Toronto’s housing market too big to fail?

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I fear that the Big Apple’s reversal of fate will happen to Toronto if we rely upon property taxes as a solution without understanding the full impact of such a levy.
Bringing technology and community to the mall are vital to compete with e-commerce.

How tenants and landlords can save the mall

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E-commerce will kill the mall unless landlords transform their role from rent collectors to remarkable experience creators.

To flip or not to flip?

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Pre-construction has been one of the most popular forms of investment. Here are three of the many financial impediments that may make your flip a flop.

Ending a tenancy early

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There is a general misconception that residential tenants may terminate their leases at will, without consequences or without any specific notice requirements. This simply isn’t true.

What’s behind the market shift?

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The last few months of national, provincial and municipal housing stats suggest there is a slump in housing sales. Is this the bursting of the housing bubble? Or is it simply because real estate is expensive?

The dangers of pre-construction sales

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In 2018, Ontario saw a steep rise in the number of condo projects being cancelled by builders. The numbers are shocking.
Presenting the Action Plan for Cannabis Legislation at Queen’s Park, from left: Matthew Thornton, OREA’s VP of public affairs and communications, David Reid, president of OREA; and Larissa Smit, OREA’s manager of policy.

More questions about cannabis

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Growing cannabis indoors requires high humidity and high temperatures. These conditions create perfect conditions for mould and fungus to grow and spread, which is difficult and expensive to remediate.