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Alert: Upcoming Increases to Land Titles Office Registration Fees

A close up of a piece of paper that says "certificate of title" on a desk with a pen and a small figure of a house.

On February 29, 2024, the Government of Alberta announced increases to the Land Titles Office (LTO) registration fees, which will affect both property transfers and mortgage registrations. These changes, outlined in the 2024 Budget “Fiscal Plan 2024-27”, will have implications for individuals engaging in real estate transactions across the province. Currently, the LTO registration fees […]

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Property Rights Statutes Amendment Act, 2022 – an Update to Adverse Possession Law in Alberta

The Alberta Property Rights Statutes Amendment Act, 2022 (the “Act”), came into force on December 15, 2022. The Act amends three existing Alberta statutes: the Land Titles Act, the Law of Property Act and the Limitations Act, with the effect of updating the law regarding adverse possession in order to protect registered private landowners’ property […]

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New Residential Anti-Flipping Rules Implemented By Federal Government

The Federal government’s new anti-flipping tax rules were passed into law on December 15, 2022 when Bill C-32 received Royal Assent and was legislated as the Fall Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2022.  These rules have essentially increased the cost of house flipping in Canada.   Under the Act, a “flipped property” means “a housing unit of […]

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

The Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act (the “Act“) and the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Regulations (the “Regulations”) (collectively, the “Legislation”) came into force on January 1, 2023 and affect contracts for the purchase of residential property entered into after this date. The Act prohibits non-Canadians […]

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What Happens If Your Spouse Refuses to Sign a Separation Agreement in Alberta?

A close up view of a separation agreement to be signed by a married couple who have decided to separate.

Most people believe that if they’re married and want to end their marriage, divorce is the easy solution. While this is true for the majority of married couples, the solution may not be so straightforward. Separation or annulment are alternatives to divorce. If you and your spouse are separating, you must have a signed separation […]

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