Land surveys: who owns the copyright?

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July 27, 2018
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Does copyright for land surveys belong to the Crown or the surveyor? Our latest Real Estate blog post explores a recent case that looked at surveys registered with the land registry system.

Buyer Beware: A Guide, not a Warning

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June 26, 2018
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“Buyer beware” is a term more formally known as caveat emptor. The principle isn’t unique to real estate law, but when it comes to investing in something as significant as a home, it is particularly important for buyers to take notice of. There are two types of defects that buyers need to be wary of: patent defects and latent defects.

So You Want To Be A Landlord? A Primer In Buying A Tenanted Property

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May 17, 2018
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If you decide to purchase a residential property with a tenant occupying the property, there are some important procedures and pitfalls that should be considered. In our latest Real Estate blog post, Bryan Thaw outlines the key things a buyer should keep in mind.

Short but sweet: How to negotiate a pop-up store lease

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April 23, 2018
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An evolving trend is the “pop-up” store. A pop-up store is a space occupied by a tenant in a commercial development, typically for a short term (six to 12 months), to promote a sampling of its products. Due to these unique circumstances, the negotiation of these short-term occupancy agreements can bring a variety of challenges.

Debbie Bellinger interviewed for the April issue of The Ontario Construction Report

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April 20, 2018
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Partner and head of the firm’s real estate and development practice group, Debbie Bellinger, was recently interviewed for the April issue of The Ontario Construction Report regarding the importance of collaboration and co-operation between multiple owners/interests and contractors for the success of development projects.

Notice Periods When the Related Legislation is Silent

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January 18, 2018
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Legislation is notorious for being hyper-granular and specific one moment, and then vague and unclear the next. Sometimes the issue you’re interested in is entirely absent from the act. This can make interpretation very difficult for lawyers, and even more so for those who don’t have a legal background. So what happens when the piece of legislation you are relying on is silent on an issue?

Ottawa lawyers scuttle attempted condo board takeover

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July 19, 2017
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Three individuals tried to gain control of a Toronto condo board and its multimillion-dollar budget by manipulating the director election process, an investigation by Ottawa law firm Nelligan O’Brien Payne has found.