Noisy, Obnoxious, and Bad Neighbours. What Can I Do ?

We have all heard about it, experienced it, or watched a movie about bad neighbours. While it may be funny to watch, in reality, a bad neighbour can be extremely stressful and can significantly impede someone’s right to quiet and peaceful enjoyment of their land. In many cases there are city bylaws, condominium corporation bylaws, and restrictive covenants that govern …

Do I Need a Cohabitation Agreement?

On January 1, 2020, the Family Property Act replaced the Matrimonial Property Act. The biggest changes relate to property rights for “common law couples”. Unlike the Matrimonial Property Act it applies to “common law” couples and gives them the exact same property rights as the Matrimonial Property Act gave to married couples. I use quotes because the meaning of “common …

FORCE MAJURE article

COVID-19: Landlords and Tenants – Force Majeure and the Commercial Lease One concept that is becoming familiar to Landlords and Tenants as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic is force majeure. Force majeure is latin for “superior force”. It is related to the concept of an act of God, an unanticipated event for which no party can be held accountable. …

COVID message

Please be aware that our office remains open for business. We continue to closely monitor developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, with a view to safeguarding our clients, staff and our community. Our office remains open for business with a limited number of staff. At least one lawyer is in the office during working hours in order to facilitate the delivery …

Condo Special Assessments (Again)

Condo Special Assessments (again) I had several follow up questions from Realtors regarding my last email to you. Basically the concern was this: “How do we protect the Buyer from the situation you described in your last email?” In my last email I described a file in which the condo board had borrowed funds to pay for a new roof …

Condominium Special Assessments

Condominium Special Assessments Clause 10.4 of the current Residential Resale Condominium Property Purchase Contract reads as follows: “Regardless of when a resolution for a special assessment contribution states that a levied payment is due and payable: (a) the seller is responsible for special assessment payments passed by a resolution on or before 12 noon on Completion Day and will make …