In Ontario, to act on real estate transaction, lawyers must be officially registered with the Director of Land Registration Part to be able to search, amend and add to Ontario’s electronic land registration system.
Real estate lawyers in Ontario, when acting for a purchaser on a real estate transaction often perform a “title search” for their clients by pulling a property’s records from it’s “parcel register” on Ontario’s electronic land registration system and comb through all of the instruments registered on the parcel register. This is done to ensure that there aren’t any blatantly obvious title defects that could create a barrier to having a clear title of ownership.
An example of a barrier to having a clear title of ownership is a restrictive covenant, which according to the Black’s Law Dictionary, is a written agreement that limits the use of property for specific purposes and regulates the structures that may be built on it. Sections 118 and 119 of the Land Titles Act of Ontario allows for the registration of restrictive covenants. Section 118 allows an owner to impose restrictions with respect to transferring or mortgaging lands it owns, whereas Section 119 allows an owner to impose restrictions to prohibit building on a land, or otherwise control how it can or cannot be used.
If you need legal representation for a real estate transaction, it’s important that you retain a lawyer as early on in the process to ensure that your rights are protected. For a consultation, contact Zeeshan S. Baig, Barrister & Solicitor at 1-(800)-643-3062.
Disclaimer: The foregoing is not legal advice, but is provided for information purposes only.
The Ontario provincial election will be held on June 7, 2018. Under the Election Act of Ontario (Act), eligible employees are entitled to three consecutive hours during voting hours in order to vote. Section 6 of the Act states:
EMPLOYEES TO HAVE THREE CONSECUTIVE HOURS FOR VOTING
(3) Every employee who is qualified to vote shall, while the polls are open on polling day at an election, have three consecutive hours for the purpose of voting and, if the hours of his or her employment do not allow for three consecutive hours, the employee may request that his or her employer allow such additional time for voting as may be necessary to provide those three consecutive hours and the employer shall grant the request.
DEDUCTION FROM PAY PROHIBITED
(4) No employer shall make any deduction from the pay of any employee or impose upon or exact from the employee any penalty by reason of his or her absence from work during the consecutive hours that the employer is required to allow under subsection (3).
TIME OFF BEST SUITING CONVENIENCE OF EMPLOYER
(5) Any time off for voting as provided in subsection (3) shall be granted at the time of day that best suits the convenience of the employer.
Polls are open between 9:00am and 9:00pm, EST. According to the above, the Act provides that if an employee is working on a voting day, and does not have three consecutive hours to vote while polls are open, and requests time off to vote, the employer must provide them with paid time off to vote.
For more information on how to vote, please visit the Elections Ontario website.