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Montreal by-law mandates developers to help improve affordability

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Montreal by-law mandates developers to help improve affordability

Montreal’s new by-law is strictly requiring property developers to help improve the availability of low-cost homes in the market. Last week, the city government unveiled its By-law for a Diverse Metropolis, which included the mandate as a prerequisite for multi-family construction permits. “To qualify for a residential construction permit, the contractor will have to enter into an agreement with the city, whereby they will contribute to increasing the supply of social, affordable and family...

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Toronto’s office spaces rapidly getting snapped up by red-hot demand

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Toronto’s office spaces rapidly getting snapped up by red-hot demand

The pace of office development in Toronto is largely stoked by outsized appetite for the asset class, with vacancy levels at a vanishingly low 1%, according to Colliers International (Toronto) senior managing director Daniel Holmes. Currently, around 9.4 million square feet of new office projects are being built in the GTA – although it remains an open question if these supply additions can accommodate the fevered demand. “If you look at Manhattan, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Boston,...

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Make 20 per cent of units ‘affordable’ in larger condo projects, Victoria councillors say

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Make 20 per cent of units ‘affordable’ in larger condo projects, Victoria councillors say

Victoria council could soon require developers to make 20 per cent of units “affordable” in larger new residential strata buildings, despite expert advice warning against the move. An analysis by Vancouver-based Coriolis Consulting said a policy requiring 10 per cent of units be affordable was all the Victoria market would bear. Anything more would make projects not viable for developers and discourage them from applying to rezone properties. A final decision won’t be made until June 27, but...

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Large Building Energy & Water Reporting

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Large Building Energy & Water Reporting

NOTICE OF REPORTING DEADLINE : Ontario Regulation 506/18, Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use, outlines what utilities and building owners must do to comply with Ontario’s Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) initiative. Under EWRB, buildings 100,000 square feet or larger are required to report their data to the provincial government by July 1, 2019. By 2020, when the EWRB initiative is fully phased in, buildings 50,000 square feet or larger will also be...

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U.S. already in recession, Fed will cut rates back to zero: Rosenberg

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U.S. already in recession, Fed will cut rates back to zero: Rosenberg

The world’s biggest economy is already in a recession, according to prominent Canadian economist David Rosenberg, who says the U.S. Federal Reserve will begin cutting interest rates all the way back to zero starting this summer. Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, told BNN Bloomberg in an interview airing Friday that back-to-back quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP) is not the only measure of a recession. “In fact, you don’t even need GDP to go...

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Summer Reminder

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Health & Safety, Housing, HVAC / Mechanical, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law, Utility Management

Summer Reminder

As summer is upon us (hopefully arriving sooner rather than later), it’s important to be mindful of landlord and tenant rights around air-conditioning.  Section 123 of the Residential Tenancies Act states that, “A landlord may increase the rent charged to a tenant for a rental unit as prescribed at any time if the landlord and the tenant agree that the landlord will add any of the following with respect to the tenant’s occupancy of the rental unit…”. Extra electricity due to the use of an...

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Healthcare assets offer stable investment opportunity – analyst

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Healthcare assets offer stable investment opportunity – analyst

Investing in healthcare sector assets might be a potent, if unconventional, buffer against the worst effects of housing market weakness, according to The Motley Fool columnist Andrew Button. This is largely because of the industry’s evergreen nature, Button noted. “The healthcare sector is noted for its stability. In Canada, it is largely government funded, and what isn’t funded is usually covered by private insurance, which makes the healthcare industry very reliable in terms of income and,...

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Multi-family property sales showing sustained strength in Ottawa

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Multi-family property sales showing sustained strength in Ottawa

A major $15-million transaction for two multi-family properties just closed in Ottawa last week, attesting to the sub-sector’s continued strength. “Private and institutional clientele continue to show strong interest in Canadian multifamily assets and although opportunities are limited at times, our deep reach and strong client relationships give us the edge in completing transactions,” Institutional Property Advisors senior managing director Aik Aliferis said. IPA, which operates under Marcus...

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20% of Visible Minority Households in Core Housing Need

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20% of Visible Minority Households in Core Housing Need

In 2016, visible minority households accounted for 16.6% of all households in Canada. Among these visible minority households, 20.1% were in core housing need. This was well above the 11.2% rate of core housing need among non-visible minority households. Given the nature of immigration, visible minority households also tend to be immigrant households. In 2011, for example, 83.4% of visible minority households were also immigrant households. We recently published a report updating earlier...

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Metro Vancouver’s urban enclaves promise even more investment

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Metro Vancouver’s urban enclaves promise even more investment

Investors are gravitating towards large mixed-use developments situated near rapid transit lines in Metro Vancouver, according to a new analysis by Avison Young. The trend is being spurred on by the city’s political borders and geographic limitations – factors that have led to a consistently severe shortage of developable land. “As land prices have risen and the availability of development sites declined, investor interest has grown exponentially in the redevelopment of typical low-rise...

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