Strathroy Real Estate Lawyer

If you are purchasing or selling real estate in Strathroy, you will need to hire a real estate lawyer to help with your transaction. It is required by law in Ontario, but it may also be in your best interests to collaborate with a professional who might help you understand every document you’re signing. From reviewing your initial offer right down to the exchange of keys on closing day, our Strathroy real estate lawyers might be able to help every step of the way.

We understand that every purchase is unique, just like the property involved. Whether your real estate transaction involves a detached or semi-detached home, a row house, a condo, or any other kind of property, contact us today to see how we might be able to help in your specific case.

How Can A Strathroy Real Estate Lawyer Assist With My Real Estate Purchase or Sale?

From contract negotiations to preparing mortgage agreements, there are many moving parts to a real estate transaction. A real estate lawyer may be able to help in many aspects, including but not limited to:

  • Exchanging information with your real estate agent
  • Managing your contracts and other legal documents
  • Negotiating fees as well as terms and conditions
  • Organizing your Agreement of Purchase and Sale
  • Conducting title and off-title searches
  • Offering advice regarding title insurance, if applicable
  • Offering advice on any arising issues
  • Coordinating with your bank/lender regarding mortgage arrangements
  • Planning and executing your title transfer
  • Communicating with the other party’s lawyer
  • Updating you on financial details, such as the estimated final amount owed
  • Overseeing the transfer of keys
  • Assisting through the transfer of funds and Statement of Adjustments
  • And more

Contact our Strathroy office today to see how our real estate lawyers might be able to help you.

Types of Real Estate Transactions Handled by Real Estate Lawyers at Cohen Highley LLP

Not only do real estate transactions include the buying and selling of houses, this is a broad legal area that can also address matters of leasing, expropriation law, non-profit housing corporations, and more. Read on for an overview of areas in which our Strathroy real estate lawyers might be able to assist.

Residential Real Estate

The definition of residential property is a land or structure intended for private occupancy. This generally means someone is living in or on the property, either on a temporary or permanent basis. Residential real estate can look like:

  • A detached house
  • A semi-detached house
  • A townhouse
  • A unit in a condominium
  • An apartment in a multi-unit residential complex
  • An apartment or flat in a duplex
  • A mobile home
  • And more

Just as residential properties are unique, so too are the reasons people purchase them. Some buyers might be looking for a new family home as a primary residence; others might be landlords seeking investment property to lease to tenants. Whatever the specific nature of your real estate transaction, our Strathroy real estate lawyers understand and appreciate each client’s unique needs. Contact us today to book an initial consultation.

Residential Tenancies

Not only might a real estate lawyer be instrumental in your real estate sale or purchase, we might also be able to help in matters of leasing. 

Our team of Strathroy real estate lawyers has represented landlords and property managers for over 30 years through all manner of issues surrounding landlord and tenant relations

Here are some areas in which our lawyers and paralegals may be able to help:

  • Evictions (from notice to enforcement)
  • Arrears on rent (from notice to enforcement)
  • Appearances before the Landlord and Tenant Board
  • Mediations
  • Noise/disturbance issues 
  • Property damage
  • Demolition
  • Advocacy in Small Claims Court
  • And more

Contact our Strathroy office today and see how our team at Cohen Highley LLP might be able to help you.

Non-Profit Housing Corporations

In Canada, non-profit corporations or cooperatives are organizations whose purpose is to provide housing for households who might not otherwise have difficulty affording a place of residence. Typically available to low to moderate income families and individuals, non-profit housing corporations offer rent-geared-to-income programming that ties the cost or rent to a percentage of the household’s monthly income. 

Usually, non-profit housing organizations are run by volunteer board members, who are themselves often residents of the building. This means that they often have to keep living beside neighbours impacted by their decisions. Most of those decisions concern day-to-day operations such as managing any staff hired to maintain the building. Some decisions, such as matters of eviction, might cause disagreements that may need to be resolved in court.

Our team of Strathroy real estate lawyers may be able to help the boards of non-profit housing corporations through a range of matters, from bylaw drafts and amendments to advising on Human Rights Complaints and offering representation before the Superior Court of Justice. Book a consultation with us today and see how we might be able to help.

Commercial Tenancies

A commercial tenancy can come with similar issues to a residential one when it comes to landlord and tenant relations, but often at a faster pace, and with the added matter of businesses as tenants. Our Strathroy real estate lawyers understand the unique challenges facing both sides of a commercial tenancy, and might be able to help in the following areas:

  • Dispute resolution regarding the terms and conditions of a lease
  • Lease reassignments
  • Sublets
  • Arrears and matters of rent recoverable
  • Levying distress against a tenant’s goods
  • Consequences for tenants’ fraudulent goods removal
  • Forfeiture of lease
  • Injunctive relief
  • Legal proceedings
  • Bankruptcy
  • And more

As with every area of legal practice, we understand that each case is unique so we recommend speaking with a real estate lawyer. 

Land Leasing

As an affordable option toward home ownership, a land lease is a type of agreement in which tenants rent the land on which their residence stands. They might own the home itself, but there is a landowner responsible for the overall management of a given land area. These can be neighbourhoods of detached homes, or mobile home communities, or even land for recreational use, such as campgrounds. 

Landowners are often responsible for maintaining the common-use infrastructure on their land, such as water and sewage systems, and roads. The costs of maintenance can add up. Sometimes landowners also have to navigate issues around zoning laws with their local municipal authorities, or conflict surrounding tenancy agreements. Our team of lawyers, paralegals and rent control consultants at Cohen Highley LLP might be able to help through a range of your specific needs in matters concerning land lease and mobile home tenancies alike.

Expropriation Law

The Expropriation Act is a Canadian piece of legislation that allows government bodies to take private land away from landowners without their consent, in order to use it for public purposes such as railway tracks, roads, or schools. It is subject to a number of exceptions, and there is a detailed framework for how an expropriation process has to be conducted. Often this includes negotiating a settlement for the private landowner in order to compensate for their property.

Whether you are a government entity or a private landowner facing expropriation, our Strathroy real estate lawyers would be happy to talk through your specific case. Here are just a few areas of expropriation law in which we might be able to help:

For government entities:

  • Planning and execution of the expropriation process
  • Settlement negotiations
  • Cost-saving strategy
  • Representation before the Ontario Municipal Board and the Courts

For private landowners:

  • Settlement negotiations
  • Settlement-maximizing strategy
  • Representation before the Ontario Municipal Board and the Courts

Contact Our Strathroy Real Estate Lawyers Today For a Consultation

Whether you are buying or selling real estate or handling matters that concern landlord-tenant relations, it can be beneficial to work with a real estate lawyer to make sure you know your legal rights. For more information, or to talk through your unique case, call our Strathroy office to book a consultation with our real estate lawyers today.

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