Are you a landlord, a tenant or a property manager? Are you a first time tenant of retail, office or industrial property or a seasoned veteran of the leasing world? WeirTalking Leasing, a podcast series from WeirFoulds LLP’s Commercial Leasing Group highlights today’s top commercial leasing trends in Canada. Our legal specialists, including lawyers Lisa Borsook, David Thompson, Krista Chaytor, Faren Bogach, Karsten Lee, Robert Eisenberg and Caitlin Steven discuss everything from terminating leases and office sharing, to unattractive properties, co-tenancies, distribution centre leases, emergencies, pandemics and more!

Subscribe to the series on

Health Emergencies And Pandemics – Are You Prepared For The Future

Karsten Lee and Alexandra DiCenzo explore ways in which landlords and tenants can both be proactive with respect to pandemics and safeguarding their business interests in the next few months and into the future. Aside from the adjustments that many businesses have made during COVID-19, they dig deep into recommended clauses that can be introduced to leasing agreements and also touch on business interruption insurance with the additional rider that may help tenants obtain coverage during a pandemic. This episode was recorded in September 2020.

Default Tug-Of-War Landlords Vs. Tenants

Caitlin Steven and Krista Chaytor discuss an increasingly common situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic: tenants being in default of rent, but landlords being unwilling or legally unable to terminate the lease because of that default. They then dive into alternative options that landlords may have to enforce their rights under a lease and what tenants need to consider before withholding payment of rent. This episode was recorded in September 2020.

Navigating The Real Estate Market With Fred And Jay Waks

Lisa Borsook sits down with Toronto real-estate entrepreneurs Fred and Jay Waks to chat about the current real estate market and the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. They share their experiences that have shaped them into the real-estate experts they are today and discuss the current real estate crisis addressing challenges in land acquisition, financing and what it will take to get back to a normal economy. This episode was recorded August 2020.

Keepin’ It Tight with Co-tenancy Clauses

Karsten Lee and Robert Eisenberg discuss the application of co-tenancy clauses in lease agreements, touching on the issues raised in the insolvency cases of Target and Sears in Canada, and providing tips for ensuring your agreement is tight and enforceable.

Distribution Centre Leases – Suited for You?

Lisa Borsook and David Thompson dig deep into two types of distribution centre leases – build to suit and existing industrial premises. They discuss why these types of leases are not like the others, the essential things to think about when negotiating these types of leases and other issues that are specific to this form of lease – such as Planning Act and Land Transfer Tax Act compliance, construction financing, and other unusual challenges.

Deconstructing the Construction Act

Caitlin Steven sits down with Faren Bogach and Krista Chaytor to chat about the recent substantial changes in the Construction Act. They cover the changes that impact tenant and leasehold improvement allowances; common lien issues; the introduction of prompt payment; and a new process called “adjudication.”

Office Sharing

Lawyers Lisa Borsook and David Thompson discuss everything office sharing. Find out what is driving this global trend; the various kinds of office sharing arrangements and how all of this works in practical terms.

Good Faith in Leasing Law

Lawyers David Thompson and Karsten Lee set you on the right track with respect to the duty of good faith in commercial leasing.

Terminating Commercial Leases for Non-Rent Defaults

Lawyers Krista Chaytor and Caitlin Steven discuss termination issues in the commercial leasing context. Understand your rights, obligations and risks when there’s a breach of a lease for something other than the payment of rent.

Property Technology and Commercial Leasing

Lawyers Lisa Borsook and David Thompson talk Prop Tech. In 2018, we saw an explosion of property technology. Find out what is driving this movement, from AI, to automated valuation models, to the “internet of things” and much more.

Unattractive Properties

Lawyers Karsten Lee and Robert Eisenberg talk “unattractive properties.” What exactly do we mean when we’re taking about unattractive properties? Tune in to find out!

Food Halls in Commercial Leasing

Out with the old (traditional food courts) and in with the new (food halls). This innovative approach to dining and shopping is on the rise and poses a new opportunity for property owners.

Cannabis and Leasing – Part 2

Lawyers Karsten Lee and Robert Eisenberg talk about how cannabis is the new “big thing” in retail. They provide a detailed breakdown of the various challenges that cannabis leasing can present in the Canadian context. This is part two of a two-part series.

Cannabis and Leasing – Part 1

Lawyers Karsten Lee and Robert Eisenberg talk about how cannabis is the new “big thing” in retail. They provide a detailed breakdown of the various challenges that cannabis leasing can present in the Canadian context. This is part one of a two-part series.
Sign up to receive notifications of new podcast episodes

This podcast series does not make WeirFoulds LLP (or any individuals) your lawyers and the content should not be regarded as legal advice. The content is general information only, and is not to be relied upon in relation to any particular circumstances. Professional advice should be obtained before any content is relied upon.