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

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

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

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

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?