Joe Hoffer

environmental approvals

CondoBusiness

Friendlier CHP environmental approvals welcome

It's still unclear how the process of securing environmental approvals for combined heat and power systems will be streamlined, but the Ontario government's recent pledge has been greeted enthusiastically in the buildings sector.
obscure rental housing statute

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Ontario to scrap obscure rental housing statute

The Residential Complex Sales Representation Act is among dozens of statutes and regulations tagged for revision or outright repeal in proposed omnibus legislation introduced in late October.
short-term rentals

Canadian Apartment Magazine

The long-term impact of short-term rentals

Rules surrounding short-term rentals have been the subject of much debate in cities all across Canada. What will the long-term effects of the new rules be on Toronto's multi-res apartment owners?
dislodge drug dealers

Canadian Apartment Magazine

New rules could help dislodge drug dealers

Proposed amendments to Ontario's Cannabis Control Act would allow authorities to lock down and bar entry to residential dwellings in the course of laying charges
Ontario fee revenue

Canadian Apartment Magazine

LTB collects $13 million in Ontario fee revenue

The volume and sum of Tribunal admin charges exceed most other tolls tied to commercial real estate and/or professional and skilled personnel who work in the industry.
clothing donation bins

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Clothing donation bins may pose liability risk

Commercial property owners who host clothing donation bins could run afoul of their province's Occupiers Liability Act or Occupational Health and Safety Act should an incident occur.
unit sub-metering providers

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Unit sub-metering providers dodge OEB oversight

In practice, the Ontario Energy Board has never exercised its authority to set electricity rates for sub-metered residential units because it has been finalizing a methodology for carrying out the new responsibility, which came into force in the spring of 2018.
more smokers

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

More smokers stoke litter and fire risk

Business, professional and public interest groups are devising and deploying strategies to promote common sense and minimize risk, discord and environmental fallout.
rental housing

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Rebuilding the rental housing industry

Apartment professionals ponder the uncertainties of the rental housing industry, including the critical steps needed to cultivate new supply.
affordable rental housing inventory affordability

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Deconstructing Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan

In an effort to help increase the province’s supply of affordable housing and protect renters from what many are calling exorbitant rent hikes, the Ontario Government has announced a comprehensive package of measures in its just-released Fair Housing Plan.
affordable rental housing inventory affordability

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Ontario opens way to inclusionary zoning

New inclusionary zoning legislation in Ontario could soon give municipalities the power to require that builders include affordable housing units in all new residential developments. If passed, the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016, will be the first of its kind in Canada and could take effect in early 2017, if not sooner.
residential tenancy laws

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Keeping up with residential tenancy laws

As the rental industry grows and changes, so do residential tenancy laws. Joe Hoffer, Partner Cohen Highley LLP, highlights three specific areas of concern.
CAM - Licensing Bylaws

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Landlord licensing bylaws

This video report looks at landlord licensing bylaws and their impact. Commentators: Joe Hoffer of Cohen Highly LLP and the Hamilton & District Apartment Association's Arun Pathak.