Land Registrar’s Bulletin re: NEW process for pre-approvals, PIN corrections & overrides
Bulletin 2018-04 states that effective December 10, 2018, pre-approvals, PIN corrections and overrides are no longer to be requested via [email protected], but rather in the OnLand portal at OnLand.ca. Users must go to the OnLand portal at https://www.onland.ca where they will find “request forms” under the “support” and then “contact us” drop down menu. They… Read More »Categories: Real Estate, Areas of Law
The new Fraud Fact Sheet for Real Estate
Fraudsters are continuing to successfully dupe lawyers and law clerks using ID impersonations, property flips, value fraud, phishing scams, and more. Real estate frauds can be simple scenarios or sophisticated ones. The matters look legitimate and the fraudsters are convincing. There may even be two or more people collaborating on both sides of a transaction… Read More »Categories: Real Estate, Fraud Prevention
Real estate lawyers: Planning to retire or leave practice? Three words: Legal. Service. Coverage.
You’re looking forward to retirement – next year, or maybe 20 years down the road. Or perhaps you’re leaving private practice to work as in-house counsel. Whatever your plans, you want to be assured that malpractice claims won’t come back to haunt you or your family. Real estate claims continue to be a major source… Read More »Categories: The TitlePLUS Program & Title Insurance, Areas of Law, Real Estate
Easements: more than meets the eye
Non-use of an easement does not lead to abandonment or extinguishment The recent Court of Appeal decision in Remicorp Industries Inc. v. Metrolinx makes it clear that non-use or the lack of need for an easement is insufficient for that easement to be abandoned or extinguished at law. A solicitor should advise their client of… Read More »Categories: Real Estate, Areas of Law
Everything old is new again: Will the return of a broader rent control regime haunt the Ontario real estate bar?
For decades the existence of rent control has posed a risk to Ontario real estate lawyers acting on the purchase and mortgaging of residential rental property. The range of affected properties is immense: From a basement apartment to a rented single family house to the largest multi-residential complexes in the province, many real estate files… Read More »Categories: Real Estate, Areas of Law
New Rule on Advertising of Fees for Residential Real Estate Transactions
This is a November 2017 e-bulletin from the Law Society of Upper Canada. Convocation approved amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct (“Rules ”) in September 2017 with respect to advertising of fees when acting on residential real estate transactions. The new rule and its commentary provide guidance on the way in which lawyers advertise… Read More »Categories: Real Estate
Notice to Lawyers Concerning Syndicated Mortgages
On Oct. 24, 2017, the Law Society of Upper Canada issued a notice to lawyers concerning syndicated mortgages and syndicated mortgage investments. A syndicated mortgage is a mortgage where two or more persons participate as investors. Syndicated mortgages can be as simple as two people lending to a third person, the loan secured against a… Read More »Categories: Real Estate
Commercial title insurance: What you need to know
Commercial title insurance is a different product than a residential policy. For the most part, residential policies can be characterized as being “one size fits all” or “off the rack.” Yes, there are times when a residential policy may require an amendment or an exclusion to accommodate a particular situation, but often times, assuming the… Read More »Categories: Real Estate