41-5: The Law and Housing Archives - LawNow Magazine

Real property; GST and Rebates

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 […]


Faezeh Moeini
Faezeh Moeini, CPA is a senior auditor of Office of the Auditor General of Alberta

Punitive Damages and the Residential Tenancies Act

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 claiming […]


Jonnette Watson Hamilton

Gimme Shelter: Housing Law in Canada

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 […]


Scarlett Chan
Scarlett Chan is a student in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta and a member of Pro Bono Students Canada

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