Real property; GST and Rebates

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Sales of used residential complexes are generally exempt from GST/HST however; the GST/HST applies on sales of new residential properties. The New Housing Rebate and New Residential Rental Property Rebate permit recovery of a portion of the GST/HST that is paid on a newly constructed or substantially renovated residential unit. These rebates are available if […]

Punitive Damages and the Residential Tenancies Act

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Case Commented On: Wilderdijk-Streutker v Zhao, 2017 ABPC 24 (CanLII) Punitive damages are rarely awarded in residential tenancy disputes, but Wilderdijk-Streutker v Zhao is one of those rare cases. And although an award of punitive damages is very fact-dependent, there are some principles and rules of law which residential landlords and tenants who are contemplating […]

Gimme Shelter: Housing Law in Canada

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Like most areas of law, the legislation pertaining to real estate and the various forms of residency people experience has slowly evolved as society changes. Once, most people either owned a home or rented and the laws relating to each were relatively simple. Over time, however, the recognition of rights and the need for consumer […]

Current Trends In Technology For The Provision of Legal Information

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We live in a world where communication happens instantaneously and copious amounts of real and false information can be spread rapidly to a large number of people. Information has become so abundant that those who aren’t well-versed researchers can easily be overwhelmed and have difficulty determining what information is useful to them, as well as […]

Exploring New Frontiers for the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada

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A brush with the judicial system in any capacity is not a pleasant experience for most people. Even those who succeed in a court usually do not walk out happy. But if you are amongst the increasing number of people who simply cannot afford to pay for legal services, the experience with the judicial system […]

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