Ontario First-Time Home Buyer Series Part 1: Home Buyer’s Tax Credit
Buying your first home is a big step in your personal and financial life. As a first-time home buyer, you likely have many questions regarding all aspects of the process. In this four-part series, we will be exploring some of...Read More
HST New Housing Rebate – What New Home Buyers Should Know
In Ontario, the sale of newly built homes is subject to GST/HST. This means that anyone in Ontario who purchases a new home from a builder is required to pay HST/GST on their purchase. The GST/HST New Housing Rebate (the...Read More
HST New Housing Rebate – What New Home Builders Should Know
Most agreements of purchase and sale for newly built homes in Ontario are premised on buyers qualifying for the HST New Housing Rebate and assigning it to the builder. In exchange, the builder credits the buyer with the amount of...Read More
Condominium Culture Shock
Condominiums are marketed to the public as a “worry-free lifestyle” – no need to mow the lawn in the summer, no need to shovel snow in the winter, access to amenities, and a property manager to take care of everything...Read More
Drugs, Murder and Nudists – What Must be Disclosed During a Real Estate Sale in Ontario?
When purchasing a home, most buyers want the confidence that the home they are buying is in good shape and that the neighbourhood they are moving into lives up to their expectations. With the help of real estate agents, a...Read More
Do Condos Have a Duty to Accommodate Disabled Residents?
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) recently released a decision regarding whether condominium corporations in Ontario have a duty to accommodate the specific requests of disabled residents and, the timeframe within which action must be taken. In Polito...Read More
Filing Returns with the Condominium Authority of Ontario
Condominium corporations in Ontario are required to file specific returns with the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO). While this may seem like a simple practice, the consequences of not filing the proper returns on time can impact not only condominium...Read More
Criminal Asset Forfeiture: Can you lose your home if you paid for it using illegitimate money?
How does the law in Canada view the real estate of criminals? Once found guilty, can criminals lose their home or other assets if they are purchased using money from a crime? According to the Criminal Code of Canada, the...Read More
Airbnb and Landlords in Ontario
With the growing popularity of Airbnb in Ontario, many landlords have made the decision that they would rather use their units as Airbnb rentals rather than trying to find long term tenants. Since traditional tenant agreements are no longer the...Read More