RMLO Law LLP

Since 1992, Edmonton’s RMLO Law LLP has delivered exceptional legal services in the areas of real estate and business law. RMLO Law LLP offers an innovative and results-oriented approach to building solid working relationships with all of our valued clients. Over the decades, our firm has grown steadily from a single lawyer to our present complement of 3 senior lawyers and support staff. We attribute our success to our dedication to quality legal work, effective results, competitive cost, and timely, efficient, client-friendly service. We pride ourselves on providing large-firm quality in a small-firm setting. At RMLO Law LLP, we seek to exceed our client’s expectations in resolving their legal issues to their complete satisfaction.

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Podcast Episode 131: “Renovation Heartbreak.” Dishonest, fly-by-night, or even inexperienced renovators can leave a trail of heartbreak. Buyers happily move into their newly-purchased, freshly-renovated home, but problems often don’t show up till later. Here are three recent scenarios from my real estate law practice in Edmonton, Alberta. First, I’ll discuss the problems, then I’ll talk about how best to avoid them.…
Podcast Episode 130: “Third Flood.” Recently, some Alberta homeowners finally ran out of patience when their property was flooded—again. They lived on the lower end of a sloped street, and water flowed down the block from the higher end when it rained. The curb had slumped in front of their home, allowing water to run over it, across the neighbour’s driveway, and onto the homeowner’s property, causing damage. After the third occurrence (yes, that’s right,…
Podcast Episode 129: “Home-buyer’s Dilemma.”   Seems like I’m always finding examples to write about regarding real property reports (RPR) and how they fit into a real estate transaction in Alberta. Land surveys, as RPRs are also known, should be simpler than they are. The standard AREA/MLS contract says that the seller will provide an RPR showing current improvements on the property along with written evidence of municipal compliance or non-conformance. Pretty straightforward, right?  Regrettably,…
Saturday, August 22nd An All-Day Virtual Event Why Now Is A Good Time For The Agreement For Sale Strategy: The past few years of Economic activity (or lack of), Government ‘tinkering’ with the mortgage rules, and financial uncertainty, have created a perfect storm for using the Agreement for Sale strategy. Due to outside influencers, and the ever-changing Real Estate market cycle conditions, Agreements for Sale have proven to solve many financing and marketing problems. There…
Podcast Episode 128: “Secondary Suite Grudge Match.” Would-be Calgary Landlord Builds Legally-Approved Secondary Suite but Gets Stifled by Restrictive Covenant on Title for Neighbourhood’s Single-Family Dwellings. And now for the main event! This Real Estate Regulation League title fight is scheduled for five rounds in the heavyweight division. At stake is the Secondary Suite Championship Belt! The reigning, defending, undisputed champion, Restrictive Covenant, is the long-time king of title encumbrances, boasting a hundred-year track record…
Podcast Episode 127: “3×3 Permits.” This is the third Tale in my recent mini-series on Real Property Reports (RPR), municipal compliance, and building/development permits. Our first two Tales dealt with the maze of bureaucracy that surrounds permits and the dangers of not getting a clean RPR with compliance when buying real estate. As per usual, my examples are from Alberta, because that’s where I practise law, but these issues are relevant across Canada and beyond.…
Podcast Episode 126: “Trapped in a Permit Maze.” This Tale from the Trenches is the second in our ongoing mini-series on permits for real estate. You know, those sometimes-nasty bits of paper that towns, cities, counties, and other municipalities require before you can do certain types of work on a property. From my perspective as a real estate lawyer, I think it’s fair to say that the permit landscape has changed over the last few…
Podcast Episode 125: “Hot Tub Trials and Tribulations.” This episode of Tales from the Trenches is shocking! A client had retained my legal services to help with purchasing her dream home in Edmonton, Alberta. The seller provided a brand-new real property report (RPR) to my client, who in turn sent the RPR to me for review. There were a few red flags, but not even decades of experience as a real estate lawyer could prepare…
Season’s Greetings! Donna and I would like thank everyone for their ongoing support and to send our wishes for a very merry Christmas and an exuberant New Year. A new decade starts on January 1st, 2020, so here’s to health, wealth, and happiness for all!…
Podcast Episode 124: “Non-Resident Taxes Part II.” Like all things tax related, non-resident tax is complicated when it comes to buying and selling real estate in Canada. In February, 2016, I posted a lengthy blog on non-resident tax and how it can affect buyers, sellers, and realtors. Lots of liability and dangerous situations here, folks, so don’t treat non-resident tax lightly. If you have a non-resident tax situation, please read the previous post (link