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Sometimes when you lose - you win!

Friday, Feb 14, 2020

The tenant defaults. The landlord terminates. The tenant is off to court, seeking relief from forfeiture. The tenant succeeds. The court grants rel...

Penalty Clauses: Do They Stick?

Monday, Jan 27, 2020

It is common for a commercial lease to contain a provision that obliges a party to pay a pre-calculated amount of money in the event of a default, ...

A Construction Lien Primer - Part III

Friday, Nov 22, 2019

Last year, in Ontario, the Construction Lien Act (the “Old Act”) was renamed the Construction Act (the “New Act”) and was e...

A Construction Lien Primer - Part II

Friday, Nov 01, 2019

This is Part II of our three-part series dealing with the changes to Ontario's Construction Lien Act (the "Old Act") (renamed the Construction Act ...

Are All Animals Welcome in your Building?

Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Service animals, ranging from guide dogs to emotional support animals, often present challenges to commercial building owners, who not only must co...

Ontario Court of Appeal Addresses "Ancient" Sublease/Assignment Law

Thursday, Aug 22, 2019

It is a widely understood notion that when a tenant subleases premises for the entire remainder of its lease term, the common law will consider tha...

A Construction Lien Primer - Part I

Thursday, Jul 04, 2019

On July 1, 2018, most of the revisions of the overhauled Construction Lien Act (which was renamed the Construction Act (the “New Act”))...

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow — A Primer on Pop-ups

Monday, Jan 21, 2019

A recent study shows that in Canada almost a quarter of all online and brick-and-mortar retailers are using pop-up stores to enhance sales. Pop-ups...

Ontario Government Releases Strict Regulations For Recreational Cannabis Retailers

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018

On November 14, 2018, the Ontario government published a news release which declared that the government had passed new, "strict" regulations perta...

To Indemnify or Not? What is the Big Deal?

Monday, Nov 12, 2018

An indemnity provision can be found in almost any standard form commercial lease. It typically states that one party to the lease will "indemnify a...

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