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The civil justice system in Ontario has long been plagued with backlogs, but the pandemic has heightened this issue to unprecedented levels. Ontario courts, already
With the current housing market in Ottawa, many older homeowners may be thinking of selling their home and downsizing to a condominium. There are many advantages of condominiums, but there are also many disadvantages for those that are used to owning their own home. Mainly, living in a condominium means that you are living within a community.
Bylaw #2020-255 creates minimum standards for landlords and rental property owners regarding capital maintenance plans, pest control, and management of tenant requests. This bylaw applies to both short-term housing, long-term housing, and social housing.
If you think you may have a claim for a personal injury from a car accident or other accident, the information out there on where to start can be confusing and overwhelming. Take a look at this short overview to get a better idea, and reach out to one of our civil litigation lawyers if you think you may have a claim.
On July 21, 2020, the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020 received royal assets. This Act made various amendments to the Building Code Act, 1992, the Housing Services Act, 2011, the Ontario Mortgage and Housing Corporation Repeal Act, 2020 and the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. This article will discuss some of the amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, the purpose of which is to strengthen protections for tenants while making it easier to be a landlord by helping landlords and tenants resolve disputes.
Prior to COVID 19, many lawyers (particularly millennials) would have described the Ontario civil justice system to have been stuck in the stone ages. Lawyers were still required to file all court documents and material in paper and were still sending faxes to one another to serve materials. Once the pandemic arose, and the courthouses and offices virtually closed, the Ontario government was forced to modernize and finally bring itself into the 21st century and embrace technology.
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the global and Canadian economy. The federal and provincial governments, and private and public corporations managed, to a certain degree, the immediate solvency of individuals by allowing for wage/unemployment benefits, rental abatements, mortgage deferrals, suspension of limitation periods, suspension of civil litigation procedural timelines and a moratorium on evictions. Many of these programs, orders and procedures have now expired though. It is therefore likely that insolvencies will increase over the next several months and more individuals will begin defaulting on their mortgages.
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