Grandfathered Property Rights in Ontario: What You Need to Know


As a landowner, you may think you have the right to do whatever you want with your property. But, the fact is, you are limited in what you can do due to zoning by-laws and other ordinances like building codes.  It is, however, entirely possible that you may be exempt from the legal limitations imposed by these laws under something colloquially known as the grandfather clause.  What exactly are the grandfathered property rights in Ontario, how do they apply, and what does it mean for you as an owner or individual looking to purchase a property? To help you make sense [...]

Grandfathered Property Rights in Ontario: What You Need to Know2022-07-21T17:51:59-04:00

Ontario Land Titles Act & Registry Act Explained


In the province of Ontario, there have long been two systems of property registration: the Registry System and The Land Titles System. However, for decades now, the province has been working towards merging these two into a single system of land registration called the land titles systems.  Land registration is intended to provide a uniform system under which documents (or instruments) can be registered that establish or transfer interests in a particular portion of land. And as these two registration systems start to merge, they will have effects on property owners.  What do these land registration systems mean for you, your [...]

Ontario Land Titles Act & Registry Act Explained2021-12-09T16:12:27-05:00

What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Do?


Buying or selling a home is the largest business transaction most people will ever make. You probably have a good idea of what part your realtor plays in the real estate process, but your lawyer’s role may not be so clear. This is not unusual, as people usually know that they need a lawyer as part of the home buying or selling process, but are not always sure why. Not many people know what goes on behind the scenes, and further, what a real estate lawyer does in addition to assisting with home purchases and sales. Below is a short attempt [...]

What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Do?2021-09-28T21:00:33-04:00

What Can a Real Estate Lawyer Do For You


There are many misconceptions out there about what real estate lawyers actually do and for many people, what happens behind the scenes in a real estate practice is a mystery. Probably the two most frequently asked questions about real estate lawyers are: Do you need a lawyer when buying a home; and do you need a lawyer to sell your house? The answer to both of these questions is, yes. You need a lawyer to either buy or sell a property. However, a real estate lawyer can do so much more than just helping you to buy or sell a house. [...]

What Can a Real Estate Lawyer Do For You2021-09-28T12:46:49-04:00

What Is That Real Estate Lawyer Doing, Anyway?


May 11, 2018 By: Jennifer Foster My first property purchase was fourteen acres of a vacant, rural, wooded lot north west of Kingston. A river crossed over the northeast corner, separating the land into two pieces. The parcel across the river was pretty much unusable—it was landlocked and surrounded by conservation land, ensuring that we would never be looking at a condo or any other unwholesome development. As Torontonians, this seemed like paradise found! I wasn't practising real estate law at the time and I don’t remember much about the transaction except that we visited a lawyer and signed a lot [...]

What Is That Real Estate Lawyer Doing, Anyway?2020-11-12T16:34:50-05:00
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