On December 10, 2016, the Forfeited Corporate Property Act, 2015 (the “FCPA”) came into force in Ontario. This statute addresses what happens to property that is not distributed by an Ontario corporation prior to its dissolution. It also amends the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) (the “OBCA”) and the Corporations Act (Ontario) (the “OCA”) to include a requirement for corporations to maintain a register of ownership interests in land in Ontario. Corresponding amendments were also made to the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (Ontario) (the “ONCA”), which has not yet come into force.… Continue Reading
Ontario has introduced the Fair Housing Plan which includes some measures that will have an immediate effect such as a rent control expansion, a new standardized lease and a new 15 percent Non-Resident Speculation Tax should the legislation be passed.… Continue Reading
In conjunction with the enactment on December 10, 2016 of the Forfeited Corporate Property Act on December 10, 2016, the Ontario government has amended the Business Corporations Act to require all corporations to maintain at its registered office a register of its ownership interests in land… Continue Reading
The Quebec government has deposited new regulations to give effect to measures announced in the March budget.
Among the clarifications are confirming that exemptions for inter corporate transfers are based on 90 per cent issued shares and not voting shares, a trigger on change of control within 24 months of an exempt transfer, clarifying that options to purchase shares are captured within the anti-avoidance provisions as well as clarifying that amalgamations are exempt transfers.… Continue Reading
Late last week, the City of Vancouver announced details of its plans to tax vacant residential properties, which plans are part of its efforts to address the low rental vacancy rate and high cost of renting in the City.… Continue Reading
Since the Supreme Court decision in Bhasin v Hrynew, which firmly established a duty of good faith in contractual relations, the exact contours of that duty have been a fairly open question. In a recent Ontario Superior Court case, 2336574 Ontario Inc. v 1559586 Ontario Inc., the court examined what that duty looks like in a one-off real estate transaction between sophisticated commercial parties.… Continue Reading
On June 29, 2016, Christy Clark announced that the real estate industry’s days of self-regulation are coming to an end.… Continue Reading
On Monday, July 25, 2016, the government of British Columbia announced that foreigners who buy residential property in the Vancouver area will have to pay an extra 15% on top of the current property transfer tax. This additional tax will apply to all buyers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents, including corporations that are not registered in Canada or are controlled by foreigners. The tax is expected to come into effect on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.… Continue Reading
It is now settled law that application fees and similar charges are considered when calculating interest for purposes of offences under Canada’s criminal code but a recent Québec case provides some interesting guidance as to the civil consequences of such a finding.… Continue Reading
In Krayzel Corp. v. Equitable Trust Co., 2016 SCC 18 (“Krayzel”), the Supreme Court of Canada held that an interest rate increase that was structured as a lower rate in the absence of default infringed Section 8 of the Interest Act (Canada). In its analysis, the majority decision looked at whether mortgage loan that offered a lower rate of interest where there was no default is in substance the same as imposing a higher interest rate after a default. It ultimately found that framing the higher rate of interest as part of an incentive to avoid a … Continue Reading
The Quebec Court of Appeal in Meyerco Enterpresis Ltd. v. Kinmont Canada Inc. (2016 QCCA 89) has recently partially overturned a lower court ruling that awarded damages for a false estoppel signed by a tenant based on application of a cap rate paid by the buyer and addressee of the estoppel instead applying general principals of damages including mitigation.… Continue Reading
Shadow-flipping has been the subject of intense media attention over the past few months, and there has been increasing pressure on the B.C. government to address the issue. The government responded on May 9, 2016 by unveiling new regulations aimed at combatting the practice. The regulations, issued pursuant to the Real Estate Services Act, come into effect today.
What is shadow-flipping?
Shadow-flipping a property involves the assignment of a purchase contract by a purchaser to a third party for a fee, often on multiple occasions and for increasingly higher fees. There is, of course, nothing wrong with entering into … Continue Reading
As a municipal and planning lawyer in Ontario I am often asked by real estate counsel what an “Occupancy Permit” or “Certificate of Occupancy” is, whether they are the same thing, and how they work. This is a general short answer to those questions for quick reference.… Continue Reading
In our previous post of February 29 (co-authored by Conrad Rego and Patrick Beechinor) we discussed the implications of the increase in B.C. property transfer tax from 2% to 3% on that portion of a property’s value which exceeds $2 million. We also noted that effective in the Spring, the names and addresses of all beneficiaries of bare trustees are to be disclosed by the transferee upon transfer to any bare trustee. Though no reason was given by the Province for the requirement for beneficiary disclosure, industry participants have surmised that the disclosure may be a precursor for collecting property … Continue Reading
In its March 17 budget the Quebec government brought in a series of measures reforming legislation governing transfer duties. Of particular interest is the introduction of the requirement to disclose off title transfers and the imposition of transfer duties on same. The legislation was drafted so to previously refer to registration as the trigger for taxation.… Continue Reading
Raising capital in the real estate context, whether through large-scale investment or by smaller, more focused means, can be an intricate, time-consuming and expensive process. Developers and others raising capital need to be mindful of various considerations when operating in this arena, depending on whether their investors are pension funds, private investment vehicles or individual investors.… Continue Reading
Building owners that lease their property using a turnover rent (or “percentage rent”) structure to retailers are facing an important challenge relative to capturing revenue from online sales.
Turnover rent lease arrangements entail a base rent payment to which is added a percentage of a tenant’s sales, or the higher amount between a base rent and a sales percentage. This structure allows landlords and tenants to share in a business’ risks and rewards. In Canada, there is no legislation or formal guidelines regarding the calculation or inclusion of online sales with regards to the computation of a turnover rent structure.… Continue Reading
On February 16, 2016, B.C. Finance Minister Mike De Jong delivered the B.C. budget for the 2016/2017 fiscal year starting April 1.
Many commentators have surmised that Premier Christy Clark responded to intense public pressure to address the perception that Metro Vancouver has a housing affordability crisis, with a budget that offers a tax break on the acquisition of new homes and the commitment to start collecting data on foreign buyers. However, little has been written on the implications of the budget on commercial real estate transactions in B.C.… Continue Reading
A new paper out of UCLA, published this month in the Journal of the American Planning Association, explores the link between land-use regulation and the segregation of income groups in metropolitan areas, and contains a number of insights that should be of interest to policymakers and stakeholders in the development industry.… Continue Reading
On December 15, 2015, provisions of the new Building Act (the “Act”) came into force, initiating British Columbia’s transition toward a more unified, Provincial regime for construction and development regulation.… Continue Reading
One of the most difficult and common problems faced by a landlord is a tenant who is unable or unwilling to pay rent. Under s. 104 of the Alberta Civil Enforcement Act, a landlord may seize the personal property of a residential or commercial tenant in order to secure the landlord’s claim for unpaid rent under the lease (although seizure is typically much more effective in a commercial context). This is called the landlord’s “right of distress.”… Continue Reading
In response to various scandals and as part of a continued global anti-corruption effort, the Canadian federal government responded with a new set of rules around integrity in procurement practices as well as sanctions for breach including termination of supply agreements and banishment. … Continue Reading