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Common HST errors in real estate transactions

Determining HST-applicability to real estate transactions can be more complicated than many lawyers assume. What’s more, a lack of clarity and errors can often lead to substantial unforeseen costs for clients. This is a dangerous combination from a claims perspective. This paper discusses the common categories of HST errors and provide tips on how to… Read More »

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Amendments to Non-Resident Speculation Tax

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On March 29, 2022, the Ontario government announced amendments to the Land Transfer Tax Act which impacts the Non-Resident Speculation Tax. Effective March 30, 2022, the government is: Increasing the Non-Resident Speculation Tax to 20 per cent Expanding the tax to apply province-wide Eliminating the rebates for international students and foreign nationals working in Ontario… Read More »

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Introducing the new TitlePLUS: Launching May 17

The new TitlePLUS is launching on May 17 and is better than ever. It’s a one-stop shop to purchasing title insurance that busy legal professionals expect. Within minutes, you can complete an easy online application and receive a user-friendly title insurance policy that automatically includes legal service coverage. Backed by LAWPRO, TitlePLUS is the only… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate, The TitlePLUS Program & Title Insurance

Teraview improvements

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The Director of Titles, Jeff Lem, has advised that Teraview was updated in two significant ways as of December 7, 2020. 1. French language documents may now be registered everywhere in the province via Teraview. Although some jurisdictions previously had this ability, this feature now applies to all counties and districts across the province. Nothing… Read More »

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Ontario’s Residential Condominium Buyers’ Guide

Ontario’s Residential Condominium Buyers’ Guide was developed by the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) and approved by the Minister as a helpful resource for the purchasers of new condo units. Beginning on January 1, 2021 developers must provide a copy of the Condo Guide… Read More »

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Operators of short-term rentals in Toronto must register prior to December 31, 2020

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Lawyers should be aware of the new short-term rental rules in the City of Toronto in order to advise clients who may be buying a property with the intent of short-term rental. Only registered operators can short-term rent in Toronto. The valid City-issued registration number must be included in all advertised listings (in the format:… Read More »

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New rules for virtual signing and the winding down of remote signings of wills and powers of attorney

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As Ontario continues to respond to COVID-19, the temporary provisions permitting the virtual witnessing of wills and powers of attorney are being wound down. However, the government has introduced new legislation and related regulations to permit the virtual commissioning of oaths or declarations. Remote Virtual Signing of Wills and Powers of Attorney The Reopening Ontario… Read More »

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Land Acknowledgement

The offices of LAWPRO are located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. LAWPRO respects and acknowledges the histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit nations.

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