Real Estate Law

Practice Areas

We are proud to offer our clients a wide range of legal services that include the following:

  • Business Law
  • Corporate / Commercial and Estate Litigation
  • Family Law and Litigation
  • Personal Injury, ICBC, Wrongful Death
  • Real Estate Law
  • Wills, Estates & Trusts

Our Real Estate Law Team includes: Steve Burton, Scott Johnston and Scott Payne.

Our professional team of real estate lawyers, paralegals, and support staff has over 50 years of combined experience to assist you with all of your real estate transactions and needs.

We provide comprehensive legal services to both businesses and individuals.

Our legal services include advice and representation in respect of:

  • Residential Conveyancing and Mortgages;
  • Purchase and Sale of Commercial and Industrial Properties;
  • Property Development and Subdivisions;
  • Leases (Landlord and Tenant); and
  • Banking and Secured Lending.

  Services for Business

Banking and Secured Lending

Our Real Estate Law Team includes financial institution approved lawyers who act for major chartered banks and credit unions in secured transactions, facilitating the lending of much needed purchase financing, capital, and operating lines of credit to corporate and individual borrowers. We also represent our clients as borrowers in financing transactions, providing the requisite legal opinions and arranging for due execution and delivery of the security necessary to obtain credit facilities and funds from lenders. CBM clients also receive the support of an experienced and professional team of paralegals and support staff that have many years of experience managing financing and secured lending transactions to their successful completion and funding.

Business Leases

For landlords seeking to lease their premises to commercial tenants, we prepare standard form lease agreements and ensure that all provisions of the same are carefully considered and fully documented to protect your interests, limit your exposure to liability, and ensure that the rent is paid when due. Our Real Estate Law Team drafts definitive Leases (Triple Net and Gross), Tenancy Agreements, and Equipment Lease Agreements, Personal Guarantees, and Indemnity Agreements, all to secure and establish the rights and obligations of both landlords and tenants with greater clarity. For tenants seeking to lease space for their operations, we assist with your review of standard form Leases, Assignment of Lease and Landlord Consents, and Lease Modification Agreements, Lease Renewal Agreements, and related documentation and security. We provide our comments and valuable insight to ensure the same are reasonably drafted, fair and equitable, and provide the terms and conditions that you need to enjoy your leased premises in order for your business to flourish.

Property Development and Subdivisions

Acting for developers, our Real Estate Law Team has ample experience advising on property development and subdivisions. From land assembly and acquisition through to rezoning, building permits, satisfactory financing, real estate development marketing, construction, builders liens, subdivision, stratification, and final sale to purchasers, our knowledgeable team of practitioners offer thorough and value added counsel to our clients. Our Real Estate Law Team will work diligently and efficiently with you, your land surveyor, the Approving Officer, your financial institution, all charge holders on title, and all utility and other governmental entities to draft and complete:

  • Disclosure Statements and Amendments;
  • Rental Disclosure Statements;
  • Site Development Control Charges (Section 219 Covenants, Restrictive Covenants, Statutory Rights of Way, Easements, Equitable Charges, Statutory Building Schemes, Options to Purchase, Rights of First Refusal, Leases, and Subleases);
  • Subdivision Servicing Agreements;
  • Subdivision Negotiations and Undertakings to Municipalities;
  • Title Opinions;
  • Zoning Approval and Permit Requirements;
  • Subdivision Plans;
  • Strata Plans and Amendments and
  • Strata Bylaws and Rules.

Purchase and Sale of Commercial Properties

Our Real Estate Law Team delivers savvy and pragmatic solutions to get the deal done. We represent both purchasers and vendors in the purchase and sale of commercial and industrial properties from the Letter of Intent through to the closing date, providing our legal advice and guidance at all stages of the transaction. We act for and counsel commercial and industrial purchasers and vendors with conscientious and timely legal services, including without limitation, drafting Letters of Intent, Offers to Purchase, and Purchase Agreements, due diligence searches, title search review and opinions (legal notations, charges, liens, and interests), tax certificates, Land Title Office title transfer documentation, statements of adjustments, and all related closing documents. Always be closing.

  Services for Individuals

Conveyances and Mortgages

For most of us, our home is by far our most significant asset. Buying or selling that property is often one of the most material financial decisions we will ever make in our lives. Whether that property is your home or your place of business, let the Real Estate Law Team at CBM help you to protect its value.

From our law firm offices in Langley, Aldergrove, and Maple Ridge, British Columbia, our Real Estate Law Team handles residential conveyancing (purchase and sale) matters with experience, strength, and precision, ensuring the seamless completion of your transaction from initial review of the Contract of Purchase and Sale and Disclosure Statement, title review and due diligence, through to subject removal, preparation of closing documents to effect the transfer of title in the Land Title Office, strata forms, and insurance documents, preparation of your mortgage and financing documents, payout, discharge, and release of financial charges and liens, and swift closing of your transaction. Our adept Real Estate Law Team also provides experienced and proficient advice and assistance with:

  • Family Transfers;
  • Co-Ownership Agreements
  • Financing and Refinancing; and
  • Mortgages and Lines of Credit.

Our Real Estate Law Team

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Commercial Real Estate Development and Leasing Testimonials

Scott provided comprehensive legal assistance regarding BC land and corporate matters, including his review and advice on the purchase and sale agreements and title documents for the sale of assets and shares of a significant BC enterprise being sold by the publicly traded Canadian company of which I am employed. We found Scott’s services to be timely, effective and professional during this engagement. I would recommend we use his services again should we be involved in future BC opportunities.

D.S.

Scott Johnston has provided me with legal services and advice over several years, on several occasions and on a variety of matters. He’s a professional with proven expertise, always thorough, always timely and a pleasure to work with. Scott helped us with one of the most complex and successful real estate developments in Whistler. Scott’s advice from shareholder issues to rezoning and sales were invaluable. I’ll continue to seek Scott’s legal counsel and I highly recommend him to others.

K.M.

Scott Johnston completed a complex escrow closing for us of a subdivision in Whistler wherein bonding, registration of subdivision, easements, right-of-ways and covenants (in total 150 documents) went through smoothly without a single rejection or modification required. In all our dealings we have found Scott to be both practical and thorough.

S.B.