Can I kick my live-in boyfriend to the curb if we break up?

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Published on: February 11, 2016

I’ve lived alone in a spacious apartment for a couple of years, and my boyfriend and I have had a few conversations about him moving in. I want to make sure it’s still my place if we break up after he moves in. If it doesn’t work out, will I be able to kick him out?

Making a Move, Bloorcourt

If your boyfriend is indeed move-in material, he’ll understand your reluctance to give up domestic sovereignty. Invite him to live with you without signing the lease. Frame it as a reasonable stepping stone to full cohabitation—a low-stakes trial period to see how things turn out—rather than as an exit strategy. Because your boyfriend won’t be a tenant, you can’t legally force him to pony up a portion of the rent, but you can (and probably should) break up with him if he decides to stop paying just because the law says he can.

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House of the Week: $1.4 million for an Airbnb-ready home in Kensington Market

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Published on: February 10, 2016

Address: 44 Nassau Street
Neighbourhood: Kensington Market
Agent: Patricia Katz, Sutton Group Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $1,399,000

The place: A three-bedroom income property in one of the more quiet parts of Kensington.

The history: The house, like most of the others on Nassau, was built in the 1870s. It still has many of its original architectural details: oak floors, transom windows, and a solid-wood staircase and bannister. The owners did plenty of sprucing, though: the wiring and plumbing are all new, and so is the soundproofing between the basement and main house.

Big selling point: The basement unit, with its three bedrooms and two separate entrances, means this house could handle a tenant. There are sure to be plenty of students looking to snag a room in the middle of one of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods, a short walk from the U of T campus. Or, the buyer could do what the current owners are doing and list the place on Airbnb for $150 a night.

Possible deal breaker: Sure, the house has tons of great original details. But, unless the Barbie Mansion aesthetic appeals, it’ll take a new coat of paint and a little elbow grease to really bring them out.

By the numbers:

• $1,399,000
• $4,568.00 in taxes (2015)
• 1581 square feet
• 904-square-foot finished basement
• 6 bedrooms (three in the basement apartment)
• 4 bathrooms
• 2 parking spaces
• 1 rooftop deck

The house still has some original 19th-century details, like oak flooring.

The staircase is also original.

The living room has a large bay window. The seller’s colour choices are bold, but easily changed.

There’s an office on the main floor that could probably also be used as a bedroom.

Here’s one area where the house breaks with Victorian tradition: the kitchen and dining room are combined.

The dining area has a view of the backyard.

There are three bedrooms on the second floor of the house. Here’s one of them.

Another bedroom.

The rooftop deck looks north.

All three bedrooms share this updated bathroom.

And here’s the master bedroom.

The basement is a self-contained apartment. Those fresh towels are probably for the Airbnb guests.

The basement kitchen and living area.

There are three bedrooms in the basement. Here’s one.

Another basement bedroom.

And the last basement bedroom.

The basement bathroom.

The agent says this backyard is filled with fruit-bearing shrubs in summer.

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Canada claims nearly half of the top CENTURY 21 offices globally, including the #1 CENTURY 21 agent by units worldwide

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Published on: February 10, 2016

CENTURY 21® operates in 78 countries, with over 100,000 sales professionals working in 6,900 offices, making it the world’s largest residential real estate network, and the exceptional performance of Canadian CENTURY 21 members topped global charts with their sales results in 2015.  

CENTURY 21 members across Canada claimed top international rankings in the 2015 Global21 awards. These annual awards recognize the top 21 CENTURY 21 companies, offices, teams, and producers by sales production in the entire world.

Calgary REALTOR® Wasim Elafech of CENTURY 21 Bravo Realty also earned the 2015 title of #1 CENTURY 21 producer in the world by units.

“Every year we host gala awards events in seven cities across Canada to recognize, congratulate, and shake hands with our top performers to honour their exceptional performance. Their services lead not only in local and national markets, but they make Canada stand apart on a global scale!” said Martin Charlwood, vice chairman and CEO, CENTURY 21 Canada™. “Congratulations to all award winners from the entire senior leadership team, we’re incredibly proud of the work you do for all our clients nationally.”

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Canadian real estate is recognized worldwide for its prime markets and high homeownership rate, and for having the best CENTURY 21 professionals in the entire world to serve buyers and sellers. Every year, the brand’s Canadian members proudly receive prominent placements in the Global21 award rankings.

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Sale of the Week: The $2.5-million semi that proves the bookish life lives on in the Annex

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Published on: February 8, 2016

Address: 25 Bernard Avenue

Neighbourhood: The Annex

Agent: Elise Kalles, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

The property: This renovated Victorian semi is big on whimsical charm, with floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the interior with light (even the basement) and built-in bookshelves to hold all the owner’s literature and bric-a-brac.

The history: The seller, who had lived in the home for a number of years, is moving out of the area.

The fate: The buyers are a family who fell in love with the home’s design. They plan to keep many of the original features intact. When they move in, they’ll be joining some distinguished neighbours.

The sale: The property drew two competing offers in 16 days on the market, and the sellers accepted the higher one, for $200,000 under asking.

By the numbers:

  • $2,496,250
  • $13,066.01 in property taxes (2015)
  • 25-by-122-foot lot
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 parking spaces
  • 1 rooftop deck

The view from the front entrance, with the first of what will be a long series of impressive bookcases.

The living room has a formal look, with floor-to-ceiling mirrors to make the space seem a little wider.

The dining room gets lots of natural light.

Here’s the kitchen.

The appliances look older, but the cabinetry seems practically new.

The family room has French doors that lead to the backyard.

There are two bedrooms on the second floor. This one has been turned into a study, with wrap-around bookcases.

The hallway bathroom has some neat wallpaper.

If you’re going to own a Victorian in the Annex, you might as well invest in a four-poster bed and a bunch of antique bedroom furniture.

The master bedroom has a dressing room.

The master bedroom’s en suite bathroom has plenty of green to go around.

There’s another study on the third floor. Don’t you feel bad for whoever’s going to have to move the seller’s book collection?

And also a small bathroom with a festive colour scheme.

Imagine this rooftop deck in spring, when those trees are covered with leaves.

Even the basement rec room gets lots of natural light, courtesy of a pair of floor-to-ceiling windows.

And the backyard.


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