When​ ​do​ ​I​ ​engage​ ​a​ ​lawyer​ ​when​ ​I​ ​am​ ​selling​ ​my​ ​home​ ​privately​ ​in​ ​Cape​ ​Breton?

The​ ​earlier​ ​in​ ​the​ ​process​ ​you​ ​speak​ ​to​ ​a​ ​lawyer,​ ​the​ ​more​ ​informed​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​in knowing​ ​what​ ​the​ ​essential​ ​terms​ ​will​ ​be​ ​required​ ​in​ ​a​ ​sales​ ​contract.​ ​If​ ​a​ ​real​ ​estate agent​ ​is​ ​not​ ​involved​ ​then​ ​you​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​consult​ ​a​ ​lawyer​ ​either​ ​to​ ​prepare​ ​a​ ​sales agreement​ ​for​ ​you​ ​or​ ​alternatively​ ​review​ ​a​ ​written​ ​offer​ ​you​ ​may​ ​receive.​ ​In​ ​the preliminary​ ​stages​ ​of​ ​the​ ​transaction,​ ​you​ ​should​ ​contact​ ​a​ ​lawyer​ ​to​ ​obtain​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of important​ ​items​ ​that​ ​will​ ​have​ ​to​ ​be​ ​addressed​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​sales​ ​process.​ ​For​ ​us,​ ​if ultimately​ ​we​ ​are​ ​representing​ ​a​ ​buyer​ ​or​ ​a​ ​seller,​ ​then​ ​generally​ ​it​ ​costs​ ​nothing​ ​more to​ ​make​ ​the​ ​preliminary​ ​call​ ​and​ ​obtain​ ​some​ ​up​ ​front​ ​advice​ ​before​ ​you​ ​list.​ ​Once​ ​the terms​ ​of​ ​sale​ ​have​ ​been​ ​verbally​ ​agreed​ ​upon,​ ​it​ ​will​ ​then​ ​be​ ​critical​ ​that​ ​they​ ​be reduced​ ​into​ ​a​ ​formal​ ​agreement​ ​which​ ​will​ ​clearly​ ​set​ ​out​ ​the​ ​terms​ ​of​ ​sale.​

​​If​ ​you​ ​have questions​ ​about​ ​real​ ​estate​ ​purchases​ ​or​ ​sales,​ ​give​ ​us​ ​a​ ​call​ ​anytime 902-539-2425.

When​ ​moving,​ ​when​ ​do​ ​you​ ​legally​ ​have​ ​to​ ​give​ ​notice​ ​to​ ​your​ ​landlord?

Tenants​ ​must​ ​give​ ​proper​ ​notice​ ​when​ ​they​ ​want​ ​to​ ​move.​ ​This​ ​means​ ​that​ ​you​ ​must​ ​tell your​ ​landlord​ ​in​ ​writing​ ​that​ ​you​ ​are​ ​moving.​ ​The​ ​right​ ​termination​ ​date​ ​and​ ​when​ ​to​ ​give notice​ ​both​ ​depend​ ​on​ ​what​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​tenancy​ ​you​ ​have.​ ​For​ ​your​ ​notice​ ​to​ ​be​ ​legal,​ ​you must​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​that:

● you​ ​choose​ ​the​ ​right​ ​date​ ​to​ ​end​ ​your​ ​tenancy,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​called​ ​the​ ​termination date,​ ​and

● you​ ​give​ ​the​ ​notice​ ​to​ ​your​ ​landlord​ ​on​ ​time.

In​ ​Nova​ ​Scotia,​ ​If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​on​ ​a​ ​month​ ​to​ ​month​ ​lease,​ ​the​ ​Residential​ ​Tenancies​ ​Act applies​ ​where​ ​premises​ ​are​ ​let​ ​from​ ​year​ ​to​ ​year​ ​the​ ​tenant​ ​shall​ ​provide​ ​3​ ​months before​ ​the​ ​expiration​ ​of​ ​any​ ​such​ ​year;​ ​if​ ​the​ ​residential​ ​premises​ ​are​ ​let​ ​from​ ​month​ ​to month,​ ​notice​ ​is​ ​to​ ​be​ ​given​ ​by​ ​the​ ​tenant​ ​at​ ​least​ ​one​ ​month​ ​in​ ​advance.​ ​If​ ​the residential​ ​premises​ ​are​ ​let​ ​from​ ​week​ ​to​ ​week,​ ​notice​ ​is​ ​to​ ​be​ ​given​ ​by​ ​the​ ​tenant​ ​at least​ ​one​ ​week.

If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​unsure​ ​of​ ​any​ ​of​ ​your​ ​rights​ ​or​ ​obligations,​ ​we’d​ ​be​ ​happy​ ​to​ ​speak​ ​with you​ ​anytime​ ​902-539-2425.