Last week’s column told the story of the illegal chimney on a north Toronto
bungalow owned by Ruta Benjamin and her husband.
2009 Toronto Star Columns
Ruta Benjamin and her husband were sitting in their house, minding their
own business, when they suddenly found themselves in violation of regulations
of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority without doing anything wrong.
With less than a month to go, the Ontario court system is in for one of its
biggest shake-ups in recent memory.
As many as 244 purchasers received a nasty surprise at the end of
September when they got hit with thousands of dollars in “fictitious” charges on
final closing of their new condominium units.
Can a buyer refuse to close the purchase of a new home if there are
deficiencies in construction, forgotten or incomplete items, or unauthorized
changes to the design, layout or materials?
The Great SPIS Myth
With the proclamation of the Green Energy Act, 2009, Ontario has
moved one step closer to requiring mandatory energy audits on the sale of
Just how much privacy can a person expect in the comfort of
his or her own home, free from any government intrusion? That was the
question considered in August by a three-judge panel of the Alberta
Court of Appeal. The case involved the home of Daniel James Gomboc in
Terry is a 23-year-old public servant, having recently graduated with a
bachelor of commerce degree.
One of the most controversial issues facing the real estate community is
the use of the Seller Property Information Statement (SPIS), which is often
provided by sellers to buyers to disclose various issues about a house being
offered for sale.
In the course of my real estate law practice in Toronto, I often review
condominium status certificates for purchasers. Usually this is a fairly routine
function, where the lawyer looks for arrears in common expense payments,
underfunded reserve funds, litigation by or against the condominium corporation,
special assessments and similar items which could impact on the purchaser or her
Bob Aaron email@example.com When Amos Hertzman and Caitlin Pencarrick bought their small frame house in Vancouver's historical Strathcona neighbourhood five years ago, they never imagined it would turn into the "renovation from hell." Nor could they have...
I was reviewing an offer to purchase a Toronto house last week and
was surprised to see a condition that I had never seen before in an offer on a
Some roads named in a person’s honour are well thought out; other choices come into
Bob Aaron firstname.lastname@example.org Back in November 2005, Nahid Eskandapour signed an agreement with Lebovic Enterprises Ltd. to buy a new home on Colony Rd. in Richmond Hill. The closing was originally scheduled for Feb. 14, 2006, but was extended several times until the final...
Lenders need to have all pertinent information to prevent
mortgage fraud allegations
Bob Aaron email@example.com Melanie came to her lawyer's office in tears. Two years earlier she had received $5,000 from a "friend" to allow her name to be used on the purchase of a property by someone who could not qualify for bank financing. She signed some...
Bob Aaron firstname.lastname@example.org Late last month, Toronto became the first city in North America to adopt a bylaw requiring the construction of green roofs on new developments. It comes into force Jan. 31, 2010. A green roof is a system where a vegetated area becomes part of...
Bob Aaron email@example.com The issue of toxic Chinese drywall may well become the biggest environmental crisis to hit North American homeowners and builders in decades. The defective Chinese drywall emits toxic hydrogen sulphide, sulphur dioxide and other gases. It is...
Sonia James learned the hard way that it’s not always a good idea to sue
your lawyer and blame your misfortunes on him or her.