Real Estate Laws and Regulation

April 4, 2023

Understanding Withholding Tax and Underused Housing Tax in Canada

Housing and taxes

As a Foreign Seller looking to sell property in Canada, it is crucial to be aware of other significant concerns, in addition to the ongoing discussions surrounding the Foreign Buyer's Ban.

Seller Non Resident of Canada

In the context of a residential real estate transaction in Canada, withholding tax ...

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Feb. 22, 2023

Canada's Foreign Buyer's Ban

Buyer Ban

Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act:


Effective Date: The Act came into effect on January 1, 2023.


Restricted Properties: The Act prohibits non-Canadian buyers from purchasing small residential properties in Canada, such as buildings with up to three units or individual units in larger ...

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Feb. 21, 2023

Legal, Illegal, and Non-Conforming Suites in Calgary: Understanding the Differences

Secondary and Backyard SuitesAs one of Canada's fastest-growing cities, Calgary is facing a growing demand for affordable housing options, and one solution to this challenge is secondary suites. A secondary suite is a self-contained living unit within a single-family home or a detached accessory building. Secondary suites are an excellent way to ...

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Feb. 18, 2023

What is considered a "legal" basement bedroom in Calgary?

Egress WindowIn Calgary, a basement bedroom must meet specific requirements to be considered a "legal" bedroom. These requirements are established by the Alberta Building Code and enforced by the City of Calgary's Development and Building Approvals department.





The following are some of the requirements for a ...

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Feb. 16, 2023

Canada's New Housing Taxes 2023

Canada's Housing TaxesAnti Flipping Tax
  - Crack down on house flipping by ensuring that profits from properties held for less than 12 months are fully taxed, starting in 2023, with certain exceptions for unexpected life events (e.g. death, divorce). This measure will ensure that investors who flip homes pay their fair ...

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Feb. 2, 2023

Illegal Grow Operations

In Canada, individuals are allowed to grow marijuana for personal use in their homes, subject to certain conditions. Here are some of the rules related to growing marijuana in your home in Canada:

  • Legal age: Only individuals who are 18 years of age or older (or 19 in some provinces ...
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