2008 Toronto Star Columns

Consumer protection common theme in 2008

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca December 27, 2008 Consumer protection common theme in 2008 When it comes to consumer issues, my goal in this column is to educate, protect, and occasionally, entertain. Over the past year, I emphasized how important it is to have a lawyer’s input in a purchase or sale transaction as early as possible […]

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In litigation cases, often only the lawyers win

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca December 13, 2008 In litigation cases, often only the lawyers win In 1997, James and Barbara Dinsmore bought a new townhouse in Windsor for $177,000 from Masterpiece Homes. On taking possession, they noticed dampness on the basement floor, which raised concerns about potential drainage problems. After investigation, the builder acknowledged that the […]

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Star columnist appointed to Tarion board

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca December 13, 2008 Star columnist appointed to Tarion board Long-time critic will serve three-year term Gail Swainson Real Estate Reporter Lawyer and Toronto Star columnist Bob Aaron has been appointed to the board of Tarion, Ontario’s new home warranty program. "I’ve personally known Bob for 30 years and he has a long […]

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Buyer gets frosty welcome

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca December 6, 2008 Buyer gets frosty welcome A recent decision of the Small Claims Court in Winnipeg illustrates whether the buyer or seller is responsible for damage to a home, which is discovered on closing. Hazem Alzawawy was interested in buying a small house in Winnipeg. He found a tiny 612-square-foot, one-bedroom […]

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Tarion softens approach on vendors who sell newly built homes

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca November 15, 2008 Tarion softens approach on vendors who sell newly built homes Tarion Warranty Corporation, which provides new home warranty coverage to most Ontario houses and condominiums, has amended its registration requirements for purchasers who resell (or “flip”) their homes without moving in. The issue was first publicized in April when […]

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Nail down right-of-access before purchase

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca October 18, 2008 Nail down right-of-access before purchase A decision of the Superior Court of Ontario last month was a powerful reminder that real estate disputes can become very costly if they ever reach a courtroom. Millstone Consulting Services Inc. is a corporation owned by Paula and Vico Von Stedingk. In 2002, […]

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Brother messes up with email scam

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca September 27, 2008 Brother messes up with email scam Back in 1998, brothers Faheem, Shaun and Narool Samad decided to purchase a house in Toronto for the three of them and their parents to occupy. At the time, they signed an agreement that set out the terms of the ownership, use, occupation […]

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Not a good idea to interfere with right-of-way

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca September 20, 2008 Not a good idea to interfere with right-of-way Grant and Lisa Hall were next-door neighbours to Loraine Wiltshire in north Toronto. The Hall property is west of the Wiltshire property, and both are registered under the Land Titles Act. There is a shared walkway two feet 10 inches wide […]

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Oil storage tank leak a cautionary tale

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca September 13, 2008 Oil storage tank leak a cautionary tale A scary tale of an oil leak in an Ottawa-area home provides a valuable lesson for homeowners whose homes are heated by oil. In early 2006, an exterior oil storage tank next to the residence released approximately 900 litres of fuel oil […]

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Bylaw sinks pirate ship playhouse

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca September 6, 2008 Bylaw sinks pirate ship playhouse After architect Andrew Dewberry and author Jayne Seagrave bought their house in Vancouver three years ago, they decided to build a tree fort for their two young sons. In September 2006, the fort was constructed in a tree located a few feet inside the […]

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Foreclosure tale is coyote ugly

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca August 30, 2008 Foreclosure tale is coyote ugly Ronald and Ann Bonnar owned a house in Cape Breton, N.S. The house had two mortgages registered against it a first to Royal Bank of Canada, and a second in favour of Canada Trust Company as trustees for the owners of various registered retirement […]

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Presence of asbestos kills home purchase

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca August 23, 2008 Presence of asbestos kills home purchase Carlos Lameiro fell in love with a three-bedroom bungalow, near Dixon Rd. and Kipling Ave. in Etobicoke. It has a finished basement with a separate entrance, air conditioning, two kitchens and a great location. Unfortunately, it came with a problem no one knew […]

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