Competition Tribunal Order June 3, 2016
re: Commissioner of Competition vs. Toronto Real Estate Board
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
*Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. As the situation continues to evolve, more
questions and answers will be added as appropriate.
As a TREB/BREB Member, you remain bound by and required to comply with all applicable
laws, rules and regulations, including all TREB/BREB By-Laws, Rules, and Regulations,
PIPEDA, REBBA as well as all RECO Rules and Regulations.
Failure to comply could result in legal proceedings and /or revocation of your MLS®
Q 1. How can consumers access the data?
operated by a TREB/BREB Member for informational purposes in the context of residential real estate transactions.
Q 2. What do I have to do to my website to be compliant?
Office Website (VOW) Agreement with TREB/BREB as well as ensure your compliance with the
Authorized User Agreement (AUA). If you plan to make sold, withdrawn, expired, suspended or
terminated listing information available, you must do so in compliance with the VOW
Agreement. Members providing access are responsible for how their actual or potential clients
and customers use the information. The information can only be used to provide residential real
estate brokerage services between a Member and a client or customer, and cannot be
monetized in any way. Members and/or their service providers will be legally liable for any
misuse of the information by themselves, their clients or customers.
Additionally, all Members are still bound by applicable legislation and rules, including Personal
Information, Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and Real Estate and Business
Broker’s Act, 2002 (REBBA, 2002) Code of Ethics and Regulations as well as provisions under
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and the Do Not Call List.
Q 3. Am I allowed to scrape the data from the VOW feed? Can I use the data for any nonreal estate brokerage business between a Realtor and client or customer?
any way, including through the sale of derivative products or marketing reports. The data cannot
be used for commercial purposes other than to provide residential real estate brokerage
services between a Realtor and a client or customer. Breach of this by either a Member or the
member’s clients or customers may result in legal action (including damages) against the
Member and the cancellation of TREB/BREB Membership and TREB/BREB MLS System access.
Q 4. Can I advertise sold prices now?
Q 5. When can we start posting the information online?
brokerage services. Any other purpose is not permitted under the VOW agreement.
Q 6. Can non-members post sold information?
Q 7. My client or customer doesn’t want the purchase price of its house disclosed online.
Will that information be confidential?
– in which case TREB/BREB will provide notice to its members. We will continue to listen to the
feedback from Members, buyers and sellers regarding their personal information and take
necessary steps to make sure that privacy laws are followed.
Q 8. What if a new client or customer doesn’t want the information posted on a goforward
Q 9. What about historical sold price information where consents were given before
websites were in existence?
Q 10. Do you anticipate other changes to the VOW agreement, buyer representation or
laws and will provide updates in due course. We are also considering whether changes are needed regarding how long listing photos should remain active on a broker’s VOW website after the sale of a property has been completed.
Q 11. Does the order only affect the Toronto Real Estate Board?
Q 12. Is the litigation with the Competition Bureau over?
Q 13. Will my fees increase as a result of the decision?
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5 Things to know about the new Cannabis Act
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By Mark Weisleder
I am already receiving calls about how sellers, buyers and real estate agents are to prepare for the new Cannabis Act, now scheduled to become law in October of 2018. I have already booked seminars at real estate boards throughout the GTA over the next few months to explain this in more detail. Here are 5 things you need to know:
4 Cannabis plants may be grown in each residence. This includes apartment or condominium units. Under Federal legislation, this could also include an outside garden that is part of a home. The Provinces will each determine whether to permit this outside growing.
Right now there do not appear to be any regulations in place. You will undoubtedly see “tool kits” or “indoor tents” being marketed for this purpose, with marketing claiming that this will not create mold behind the walls, for example. Still, professional electricians will likely be required for this, including preparing proper ventilation from the plants to the outside, as additional protection against mold.
In my opinion this will be an issue as to whether it can be classified as a material latent defect, which would have to be disclosed. Since mold behind the walls that the seller knows about could satisfy this test, there will likely be litigation when it is not disclosed and problems arise after closing.
Even though it is legal, you can include a clause in a lease to stop any tenant from smoking or growing Cannabis on the premises. This should be inserted into every lease. If the tenant then smokes, it will be easier to evict them. While medical Cannabis users may raise human rights issues, it is still better to have this clause in the lease right from the start to have a defence.
Some condominiums are already passing rules to stop any kind of smoking, whether cigarettes or Cannabis and growing of any Cannabis Plant. Others may set aside an area of the building for users, or just for medical Cannabis users. Others may just wait and see and attempt to rely on provisions in Condominium Law that you cannot commit a nuisance to your neighbours. Then, if the smoking is bothering your neighbours, they can bring action to get you to stop.
If you have any question on Cannabis or want to schedule a seminar in your area or brokerage, please contact me at 1-888-876-5529 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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