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Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 3:27 PM

Real estate appraisers need not go inside properties to do valuations, in light of COVID-19

On April 7 the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) instructed its member real estate appraisers across Canada not to enter property interiors — only to modify its stance almost immediately. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 1:46 PM

Further landlord-tenant considerations during COVID-19 Singing rental document

Part one of this three-part series examined a few of the questions to ask in determining how a superior force event can affects landlord tenant relationships in Quebec. Other questions naturally ensue. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Exposed: What COVID-19 has taught us | Gary Joseph

The COVID-19 virus is a risk to all but specifically it targets and exposes the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. In the same way the pandemic has exposed our court system for what it is, an “elderly” system developed to service a 1970s population drowning in a media/web savvy 21st century. Our judicial and court leaders are struggling to make it work in an environment where failure is inevitable. The structure of our courts and the supports built around it are paper intensive and people intensive. They cannot adept quickly to the fast-changing environment. This is not a criticism of our judicial leaders but a sad refrain for those who long ignored the need to upgrade technology and facilities. ... [read more]

Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Ethical obligations for lawyers with COVID-19 | Kyla Lee

As a lawyer who is currently a presumptive positive for COVID-19, I have had to think about my ethical obligations to my clients. This includes planning in the event my condition worsens, ensuring my files are orderly and managed and maintaining adherence to quarantine obligations to protect my clients and staff from catching the virus. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Landlord-tenant checklist for Quebec during COVID-19 signingrentaldocs.jpg

The lease is the starting point. Does the lease contain a force majeure clause by which the parties have allocated the risks? A force majeure clause may have the effect of discharging a contracting party with respect to a supervening event which actually prevents that party from executing his or her obligations. Whoever invokes force majeure has the burden of proving that it prevented them from executing their obligations under the lease. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 10:48 AM

B.C. Supreme Court updates procedures on insolvency matters

The B.C. Supreme Court has updated its procedures for insolvency matters in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 9:24 AM

INTEREST IN LAND - Easements - Creation - By invitation

Appeal by the respondents’ neighbours from the application judge’s declaration that the respondents enjoyed property rights over a two-foot wide strip that ran between the two properties. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

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The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard to digest. No one knows how bad it’s going to get or not. Business activity in some regions has fallen sharply and supply chains have been disrupted. This has pulled down commodity prices and the Canadian dollar has depreciated. Consumers and businesses have become more cautious in their spending given the uncertainty. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 8:56 AM

REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND BROKERS - Entitlement to commission - Conditions

Appeal by the defendants from the judgment of $540,000 in favour of the respondents for breach of contract. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 9:02 AM

SALE OF LAND - Vendor - Duties and obligations - Completion

Appeal by the builder from a decision of an application judge finding that it breached the agreement of purchase and sale with the respondent by terminating it. ... [read more]