Leadership in a disconnected era

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During this crisis, leaders in the real estate industry have prioritized communication and empathy.
Supreme Court of Canada

Supreme Court case affirms: Act honestly, or else…

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While I’ve always been an advocate of acting in good faith, a new Supreme Court ruling has driven the point home and reaffirmed a slightly different rule – the duty to act honestly.

The commercial lease rollercoaster is just starting up

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Ontario tenants breathed a collective sigh of relief when the moratorium on evictions via the Protecting Small Business Act in Ontario was extended to the Halloween weekend.

A lesson about roommates for tenant agents

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A recent Real Estate Council of Ontario decision makes it clear that there are certain cases in which agents acting for tenants must disclose the presence of roommates.

Ontario’s Bill 184 poses risks to honest landlords, sellers and purchasers

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Understanding Bill 184 is imperative for anyone selling or buying a tenanted property and it is imperative for real estate agents to understand it too.

Why landlords are not applying to the commercial rent relief program

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Many lawyers are counseling landlords to not agree to the CECRA program if the landlord wouldn’t be financially able to grant the rent reduction without financial assistance from the government. Why?

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.