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 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
Back in the good ol’ days before the world financial crisis of 2008, it was relatively easy for Canadians to get mortgages. Since then, successive governments have imposed increasingly strict rules on borrowing money to buy real estate. With a newly elected Liberal minority government promising to make housing more affordable, we might hope some of those rules will be relaxed—or at least that buyers will benefit from new incentives. For the moment, however, Canadian…
Short-term rentals like Airbnb are becoming increasingly popular. We get a huge number of inquiries about them at my real estate law office in Edmonton, Alberta, and I know that folks are concerned about them across Canada. The legal issues with short-term rentals often have to do with local zoning regulations for a property, which can vary by city and even by neighbourhood. The tax implications of Airbnb (or its competitors like Vrbo, HomeAway,…
Anyone who follows me knows that I love Agreements for Sale (AFS)! It’s a seller financing strategy that is so, so relevant in today’s tough Canadian real estate market—especially in Alberta. AFS is a classic way of buying property with very little money out of your own pocket. On September 14th, we’re running a special AFS Intensive Focus Workshop, featuring comprehensive tools to help both new and established investors achieve financial success. Why Attend…
Alberta Tar-sands Could See Growth from Demand for Plastics. Major oil companies have been fleeing the oil-sands. Huge companies like Devon Energy and Shell Oil have sold their Northern Alberta oil-sands interests and projects at fire sale prices. HSBC has formally stated that they will no longer invest in the oil-sands. Does that mean Fort McMurray is dying and will soon be a ghost town?  Just the way the oil-sands cycle has peaked and fallen…
Violent, Gang-related Death at a Vancouver Mansion Leads to Lawsuit re What Sellers Must Reveal to Buyers in Real Estate Transactions When selling a house in Canada (and other jurisdictions with similar legal systems), a vendor must typically disclose certain types of defects in the property to potential buyers. Now, what if murder, suicide, or other nasty violence occurred in the house? How much does a seller have to reveal? The short answer is that…