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2008 Toronto Star Columns

Putting oil in wrong tank adds fuel to this warning

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca August 9, 2008 Putting oil in wrong tank adds fuel to this warning A decision of the Ontario Superior Court earlier this year provides a valuable lesson to property owners whose homes were once heated with fuel oil. Back in 1979, Mary and Francis Bingley decided to replace their old oil furnace […]

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Vendors take risk signing SPIS form

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca July 26, 2008 Vendors take risk signing SPIS form A recent leaky basement court case from the Ontario Superior Court in Thunder Bay is the latest in what might be called a flood of litigation resulting from the use of the Seller Property Information Statement (SPIS) by Ontario real estate agents. Rhonda […]

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Family feud sparked over ownership of cottages

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca July 19, 2008 Family feud sparked over ownership of cottages A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (see below)  provides a timely reminder that parents who want their cottages to remain in the family should consider a plan for orderly succession in ownership, and put those instructions in writing. […]

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New delayed occupancy warranty benefits consumers

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca July 12, 2008 New delayed occupancy warranty benefits consumers Tarion Warranty Corporation has introduced a new set of rules for delayed condominium occupancies. The new delayed occupancy warranty came into effect July 1, 2008, and applies to every new condominium project as long as no unit in the project was sold before […]

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Closing dates you can take to the bank

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca July 5, 2008 Closing dates you can take to the bank On July 1, Tarion Warranty Corp. introduced a completely new set of rules and procedures for delayed closings of freehold homes and condominiums purchased from builders. According to Howard Bogach, Tarion’s recently appointed president and CEO, the updated warranty is intended […]

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SPIS form could spell rocky legal ride for buyers

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca June 28, 2008 SPIS form could spell rocky legal ride for buyers An Ontario court decision released last month serves as a potent reminder of the dangers of using a Seller Property Information Statement (SPIS) when selling real estate. In December 2003, Paul and Judith Riley signed an agreement to buy a […]

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Long-suffering homeowners need cement case resolution

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca June 21, 2008 Long-suffering homeowners need cement case resolution The Great Eastern Ontario Cement Case is alive and well and thriving in Ottawa. In fact, after wending its way through the Ontario court system for more than 16 years, it may be the country’s longest ongoing litigation. It all began between 1986 […]

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Cheque scam threatens to slow down real estate transactions

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca June 7, 2008 Cheque scam threatens to slow down real estate transactions A recent spate of counterfeit certified cheques hitting Toronto-area law firms threatens to slow down the efficient processing of real estate transactions. In the closing of a typical residential home purchase, a buyer will deliver to his or her lawyer […]

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Check the noise level before you purchase

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca May 31, 2008 Check the noise level before you purchase Next month marks the official beginning of summer, the season when many city folk retreat to their cottages to de-stress and to absorb some much-needed peace and quiet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always turn out that way. Earlier this month, I wrote about […]

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Before buying check survey for boundaries

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca May 24, 2008 Before buying check survey for boundaries Taking the law into your own hands over a property line dispute can be dangerous to your bank account, as one Toronto homeowner discovered recently. Sharon and Marino Zorz and Katherina Attard are neighbours on Baby Point Rd., near Jane and Annette Sts. […]

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Buyer soaked with vendor’s final water bill

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca May 17, 2008 Buyer soaked with vendor’s final water bill When Donna bought her home near Warden Ave. and Ellesmere Rd. last summer, she had no idea she would get stuck with the final water bill of the former owners. When the transaction closed in July, Donna’s lawyer Rachel Loizos got a […]

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Good fences make good neighbours but bad lawsuits

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca May 10, 2008 Good fences make good neighbours but bad lawsuits Back in 1915, poet Robert Frost penned the line “Good fences make good neighbours.” Last year, in a bitter dispute involving the owners of adjoining cottage properties, Justice Joseph W. Quinn echoed Robert Frost in the first line of his judgment. […]

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Road access critical when buying cottage

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca May 3, 2008 Road access critical when buying cottage The most important question for anyone buying a cottage property is always, “How do I get there from here?” After all, there’s no point spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a recreational home if the only way to get to it is […]

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Supreme Court rules on joint name transfer issue

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca April 26, 2008 Supreme Court rules on joint name transfer issue It’s not uncommon for an elderly parent to transfer real estate or other assets into joint names with his or her adult children. When this happens, does the law presume that the transfer is a gift, or does the child merely […]

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Buyer pays price for jilting agent

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca April 19, 2008 Buyer pays price for jilting agent Earlier this month, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a decision which highlights the obligations of parties signing a buyer-agency agreement. In the fall of 2005, Helen Clubine was looking at properties in the Orangeville area with her real estate agent Zoi […]

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Beware if you’re buying new to flip

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca April 12, 2008 Beware if you’re buying new to flip A recently discovered policy of the Tarion Warranty Corp. could have an enormous impact on the thousands of buyers of new homes and condominiums who resell the properties without moving in. The policy was brought to my attention by Vidas Augaitis, a […]

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Reno contracts should never be taken lightly

Bob Aaron bob@aaron.ca April 5, 2008 Reno contracts should never be taken lightly Ruling highlights need to ensure 16 key points are itemized A decision of the Ontario Superior Court released late last year provides a useful lesson to homeowners on entering into a contract for the renovation of a house. In May 2004, Peter […]

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