Lakefield Real Estate Lawyers

Axess Law Lakefield puts legal services at your fingertips. Negotiate to buy Ontario homes or land with our low, flat fee remote closing real estate lawyers. Axess Law Lakefield is a virtual lawyer service.

Real Estate Lawyer in Lakefield

Remote closing on a house is the convenient way to complete your next Ontario real estate transaction. Axess Law Lakefield video conferences with you from your home computer, or any compatible mobile device. Sign documents remotely, without leaving home. We witness your signature online,.You pay all-inclusive, real estate lawyer flat fees for the same services you could get from any  traditional law office.

Buying a Real Estate Property in Lakefield

Before you get pressured into a firm offer real estate contract, have Axess Law Lakefield review your agreement of purchase and sale. When you access law firm advice, you get legal and financial protections from what happens if a real estate deal falls through. Your Axess Law Lakefield remote real estate lawyer searches and arranges property title transfers in Ontario to finalize your new or resale home purchase.

Selling a Real Estate Property in Lakefield

Remote closing on a house lets you meet real estate transaction completion dates on time. Using an Axess Law Lakefield flat fee real estate lawyer costs you less because you get only the legal services you absolutely require. We review agreements of purchase and sale for pitfalls that put obstacles in your way, and when the deal is done, transfer title to your buyer.

Refinancing a Real Estate Property in Lakefield

Refinance high interest rates to reduce your monthly mortgage payments. Changes to interest rates can make a big dent in your household budget. When you find mortgage rates or conditions that fit your budget better, call on Axess Law Lakefield. 

We liaise with banks, credit unions, trust companies, or private lenders to coordinate the legal documents required for your renegotiated mortgage loan.

About Lakefield

Lakefield jazzes it up in Julys with a day-long music, arts, and crafts celebration, and long-running literary festival. The village in the heart of the Kawarthas cottage country winds along the Otonabee River to link up with the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site (stop by Lock 26 on Katchewanooka Lake for a glimpse). Lakefield’s playground is its marina. Boaters and paddlers can catch up to an 8.5 km walking trail that meanders through the village to the beach and  park at Hague Point. Host to authors Margarent Lawrence and Susanna Moodie, and rock musician Ronnie “The Hawk” Hawkins, Lakefield has leafy streets and fun boutiques to while away an afternoon.

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Sign Legal Documents by Video

Axess Law video conferences with you anywhere in Ontario. Call to talk to real estate lawyers 7 days a week, day or evening, at your convenience. Our virtual lawyer services make it easier to get legal services. Timely legal advice and low flat rate legal services — make your appointment by dialing 647-479-4118, toll free to 1-877-552-9377, or use our easy online booking form. Debit, cash, VISA or Mastercard accepted.

Some FAQs

It’s your obligation to keep a secondary suite adequately heated. Standards for what is considered acceptable vary by municipality, but 20° C is usual for September through June. Northern communities where temperatures are colder may set the minimum higher, for longer periods.

If in doubt, use the provincial standard of 20° C year-round. You are liable for ensuring utility bills, including heat, are paid so tenants aren’t deprived of heat, power, or water. The only exception is if utility bills are in a tenants’ name, agreed to in a written lease. 

Keeping the heat on is wise regardless of whether a secondary suite is occupied. Turning off the heat too soon or altogether can cause mould, mildew, or structural damage to your investment asset.

Your cottage may not be designated now, but municipalities can use a notice of intention to designate under the Ontario Heritage Act to delay or stop heritage properties from being demolished or altered. 

That puts your application to demolish temporarily on hold for up to 90 days, until the township decides how to proceed. You have a right of objection, and up to 30 days to appeal any decision to the Ontario Municipal Board at: ontario.municipal.board@ontario.ca, .

Depending on what the local municipal heritage committee decides, you could be asked to:

  1. Replace the demolished structure with a new building.
  2. Make a written and photographic record of the building, and other structures on the same site, before demolishing it.
  3. Reconsider demolition, sell, or redevelop the site to preserve it as a heritage property.
  4. Your property may also be expropriated.

Plan ahead, since you may need other permits, and approval can take awhile.

Potentially. Lakefield’s community improvement plan allows residences on upper floors of retail and commercial shops. The plan promotes the idea that residents can “live, work, conduct business, shop or rest” downtown and in commercially designated areas.

Lakefield’s main central area is undergoing a facelift to preserve its traditional village feel. That includes restoring building facades, adding street furniture, and creating off-street parking to make it more pedestrian friendly. 

Buildings and signage in community improvement areas should retain the town’s “quaint, friendly, intimate, welcoming, and traditional” atmosphere. Applying for a local urban design study grant could offset 70% of the cost, up to $2,500, of preparing the professional urban design studies and architectural/design drawings the town requires for proposed new projects. 

Review the Selwyn Township Permit Information Package. You can apply online, or call ahead to 705-292-9507, ext. 214, before going to the township building and planning department in person. A detailed site plan and construction drawings are required with your application.