Getting it in writing may not be enough

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

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?

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

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

To flip or not to flip?

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

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?

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

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

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.

Here’s what renters really want

Location, location, location is touted as the most important factor when determining the best place to invest. Like many maxims (such as “nice guys finish last”), it’s not entirely true. It’s nuanced.