Real Estate Law

North & Company LLP appreciates Real Estate is typically the most significant asset individuals and businesses will own. Whether it is a sale, purchase, rental agreement, transfer, new build or otherwise, we take our role seriously. We take pride in protecting our client’s interests when dealing with important transactions. If you have questions or concerns about real estate issues, don’t hesitate to call the North & Company LLP team.

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For many people, your home is the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. But what do you do if you need help with the seller? What do your condo bylaws mean? Real estate law governs property purchase, sale, and administration and applies to commercial and residential property. North & Company LLP’s real estate group can assist you whether you are buying your dream home, downsizing after the kids leave, expanding into a second commercial location, or considering renting a property to tenants. 

We can guide you through all aspects of real estate law, including drafting, reviewing, and registering documents required by the Land Titles Office. North & Company LLP’s experienced real estate team can help you achieve your real estate goals efficiently and cost-effectively.

A Builder’s Lien is a tool designed to help protect individuals who contribute to an improvement attached to the land and do not receive payment for their services. Many different types of construction and development of land are considered an improvement. Registration of a Builder’s Lien is through a Land Titles Office or a private registry office. Builder’s Liens do not guarantee payment, and the applicable legislation is complicated and enforced strictly. We would happily speak with you if you have questions about Builder’s Liens.

Many considerations go into the purchase of commercial real estate. These considerations vary widely depending on the type of commercial property. Buying a single-unit building differs significantly from purchasing farmland or a multi-unit complex. A few concerns are whether the commercial property has an existing tenant or requires rezoning to meet your purpose. If you buy a home on an acreage of 10 or more acres, the deal is a commercial transaction rather than a residential one. A legal advisor understands the nuances of commercial real estate transactions to ensure nothing is missed in these complex deals.

Condominiums have gained immense popularity in recent years. Whether you are building, purchasing, or selling, specific considerations for this type of property do not come up in residential transactions. The health of the Condo Association’s reserve fund, the condo bylaws, the recent capital expenditures and any history of cash calls can affect the property value and your financial liability going forward. While the transaction is procedurally similar, the considerations are different. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to talk to one of our team about these and other concerns.

North and Company LLP serves construction companies big and small. Whether you sell hundreds of units a year or have your own framing business, we will provide you with the legal support needed to be successful. Many issues could arise during a building process that can make or break a company if not properly addressed. Ensuring you have a legal advisor with a working knowledge of construction law is crucial for long-term success.

Whether you own land you wish to develop or represent a municipality ready to expand to the needs of its citizens, having a strong legal team who understands how to navigate the myriad of rules and red tape is essential. North & Company LLP has a team with a strong knowledge of expropriations, obtaining planning approvals, land use changes, preservation and redeveloping heritage sites and development of land to harness solar and wind energy. Call us if you want to develop and are curious about the legal side.

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, each role has duties and responsibilities. These obligations change depending on whether the property is commercial or residential. The Residential Tenancy Act has the final say on the relationship between landlord and tenant if it is residential. Any agreement contrary to the legislation is null and void.

For commercial property, the obligations come from the common law. Understanding your responsibilities as a landlord or tenant makes a difficult situation manageable. If you have a question about being a landlord or tenant, North & Company LLP would be happy to discuss it with you.

‘Lease’ refers to an agreement to transfer land use to someone else for a specified period. These agreements can include agricultural, car, residential, or commercial leases. A real estate lease is typically an agreement to transfer the use of a building for a specified time in exchange for compensation.

A lease is a flexible tool which can end on a specific date or for a periodic interval such as a week, month, year, etc. In commercial leases, the time frame can be much longer than in residential. The longer the time frame, the more critical it is to understand the lease terms. Our team has experience dealing with many different types of leases and would be happy to help you with yours.

Buying a home is an exciting and stressful time. It is a big purchase, and getting the Realtor, Bank, Lawyer, Home inspector, etc., all coordinated can seem monumental. Having a legal advisor, you can rely on is crucial. The legal advisor addresses any issues involving the legal title of the property, outstanding property taxes, Builder’s Liens, agreements about how the land use, boundary issues, and more. We have a team dedicated to Real Estate who handle everything from apartments, acreages to extensive family estates.

Peace of mind in such a significant transaction is priceless. If you are involved in purchasing or selling a residential property and want a team you can rely on, reach out to North & Company LLP.

Fees start at $750.00 plus GST and disbursements for a sale or a cash purchase of a residential property less than $150,000.00. Please call our nearest office for a quote on your specific transaction.

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