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Be Careful What You Sign — It May Come Back to Haunt You: Estoppel Certificates and their Effect

Posted in Policy

Tenants are routinely requested by landlords to execute estoppel certificates in favour of purchasers or lenders as to the status of their leases. Most tenants ensure there are no ongoing performance defaults (such as a failure to repair) or monies owing by the landlord (such as for year-end adjustments).  How many tenants review their lease carefully before signing?… Continue Reading

The Anti-Avoidance Blues: Does a Foreigner’s Title Nominee Share Purchase Constitute an “Avoidance Transaction”?

Posted in Property Tax Assessment

On August 2, 2016, the Province of British Columbia enacted amendments to the Property Transfer Tax Act (British Columbia) (the “Act”) which introduced a new 15% property transfer tax (colloquially referred to as the “foreign buyer tax”).  This tax currently applies when a foreign national or foreign corporation purchases residential property situated in the GVRD.  The amendments also include a new anti-avoidance rule applicable to the foreign buyer tax only.  This rule has yet to be considered by a Court, but on its face it may affect the ability of a foreign national or foreign corporation to safely avail itself … Continue Reading

The Challenges of Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again

Posted in Awards and Recognitions, Litigation

A recent order of the Ontario Superior Court illustrates the complexities of the right of rescission in real estate transactions.  The purpose of the remedy of rescission is to restore the parties to the position they were in prior to the entering into of the transaction in question.  When there has been a conveyance of interests in real property and consequently, the transfer of legal ownership of those interests, which often triggers tax consequences, restoring the parties to their pre-contractual position and unwinding the transaction can be complicated and is akin to “putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.”

The recent … Continue Reading