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Short Term Rentals: Zoning By-laws must be clear and non-discriminatory to be effective

In the recently decided case of Puslinch v. Monaghan, 2015 ONSC 2748 (the “Puslinch case”), the Ontario Superior Court has ...
Jun 2015
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Municipal Bonusing Update: Supreme Court denies leave to appeal in Vincorp Financial Ltd. v. Oxford (County), 2014 ONCA 876 (CanLII)

The Supreme Court of Canada has denied leave to appeal in the case of Vincorp Financial Ltd. v. Oxford (County), 2014 ONCA 876 (CanLII) (“V...
May 2015
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Ontario to Permit Mid-Rise Wood Frame Buildings up to 6 Storeys as of January 1, 2015

Through amendments to the Building Code introduced by Ontario Regulation 191/14, Ontario will increase the permissible height of wood frame buildings ...
Dec 2014
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Municipal Bonusing: “Obvious undue advantage” remains the threshold, but still little judicial guidance on how municipalities should draw the line

Section 106 of the Ontario Municipal Act, 2001 is a much worried about “anti-bonusing” provision of broad application. It is wor...
Nov 2014
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Mitigating Litigation Risk in New Municipal Revenue Streams

Municipalities are finding it increasingly difficult to fund the growing cost of local services and other municipal operations. Financi...
Apr 2014
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Ontario’s Draft PPS Policies and the Greening of Provincial Policy

As part of its consultations on the development of a new Provincial Policy Statement (“PPS”), Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affair...
Feb 2014
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Don’t Let Agreement To Lease Provisions Trap You In A Bad Lease

When a landlord’s commercial premises are up for lease and the leasing broker locates an interested tenant, it is quite common for the prospecti...
Feb 2014
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Property Managers: Mandatory Condominium Manager Qualifications Are Coming

Ontario has commenced a formal review of the Condominium Act.  Although the review is still underway, the review panel has issued a first recomme...
Feb 2014
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Land Acquisitions: Three Unique Ontario Land Use Controls to Consider

Real estate developers in Canada and the United States will all be familiar with the due diligence issues that are common to most jurisdictions during...
Feb 2014
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