Now here’s a feel-good story sure to tug at your heartstrings. No doubt you’ve seen all those “Thank you, frontline workers!” and “Hang in there” COVID-19 relief messages from kids – hanging in windows, over garages or written in chalk on sidewalks.
Toronto developer Devron Developments and other real estate companies have decided to turn this artwork into opportunities for charitable giving.
A Big Picture
Devron has launched the “A Big Picture” art contest, asking children across Ontario to draw or paint positive messages related to the COVID-19 crisis. More than 50 entries have been submitted so far.
One young artist will be chosen as the winner for producing the most heart-warming and inspiring message. Their artwork will be displayed and illuminated on a large billboard at 1140 Yonge St., in the heart of midtown Toronto.
The top three winners will help select three local charities to whom donations will be made. As of the first week of May, at least $45,000 had been raised.
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COVID-19 has created a unique situation in the real estate market, not only for the buyer and seller, but also for realtors, mortgage brokers and lawyers. The current restrictions and limitations necessary to comply with physical distancing are having a direct impact on a buyer's experience. Showings are conducted virtually, meetings with brokers and lawyers take place over Zoom, and everyone is working remotely.
As a solution to some of these challenges, many real estate agents are now including COVID-19 clauses in Agreements of Purchase and Sale. But how do these clauses protect the parties and what should you look out for?
COVID-19 clauses in Agreements of Purchase and Sale are meant to protect the parties from delays and interruptions to their deal caused by issues relating to COVID-19, including illness, self-isolation or delays with third parties. However, a COVID-19 clause, which is not carefully drafted and reviewed, may cause unnecessary confusion or delay.
Consider, for example, a common clause which contemplates an extension of a real estate transaction where either party is subject to a mandatory COVID-19 quarantine and the agreement is automatically extended, at the request of either party, for a period of 14 days.
This clause doesn't consider a situation where a party is still sick after 14 days or where a party has to stay in isolation as other members of their household remain COVID positive. In addition, most people self-isolate voluntarily, rather than it being mandatory. Would this put a party, who is self-isolating to mitigate the risk of exposure or transmission to others, in breach of the agreement? And what if the party was able to close the deal remotely, using audiovideo technology? Would they be able to delay the transaction due to a quarantine despite their ability to close?
So, what if your real estate agent includes a COVID-19 clause in an offer, or you receive one from a potential buyer? Discuss the clause carefully with your agent and seek the advice of your real estate lawyer before signing the agreement. It's important to disclose what you are hoping to achieve should an unexpected situation arise.
Certainly, there are ways to protect both the buyer and the seller from complications which may arise as a result of COVID-19. But it's important that buyers and sellers are aware of the potential pitfalls with these clauses before including them in any contract or Agreement of Purchase and Sale.
The world as we know it has changed, and we must change with it. Protect yourself and your family by speaking to an experienced real estate lawyer, and they will guide you properly and protect you to the exclusion of all others from the dangers brought forward by COVID-19.
A good real estate lawyer should also ensure you have a will or Power of Attorney. The minute any real estate deal is firm, ensure that at a minimum you have a Power of Attorney in place in the event that you are physically or mentally unable to complete the transaction.
You must protect your family and yourself.
Jayson Schwarz LLM and Jacqueline Moneta are with Schwarz Law LLP. To suggest topics for future columns or ask questions, visit schwarzlaw.ca or email email@example.com.
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