Ontario Introduces 10-Day 'Cooling-Off' Period for New Freehold Homes

Posted on: June 10, 2024

Ontario's real estate market is set to see a significant change with the introduction of a 10-day cooling-off period for new freehold home purchases. This move aims to protect buyers by allowing them time to secure financing, arrange inspections, and reconsider their decision without penalties.

The New Legislation

The proposed Homeowner Protection Act will bring this cooling-off period, akin to the current 10-day period for new condos under the Condominium Act. Additionally, it will ban Notices of Security Interest (NOSIs) for consumer goods on land titles to prevent exploitation of vulnerable homeowners.

Impact on Buyers

This cooling-off period offers several benefits:

  • Time for Due Diligence: Buyers can thoroughly review their purchase decisions.
  • Protection from Fraud: The ban on NOSIs will protect homeowners from unscrupulous practices.
  • Improved Transparency: Enhanced disclosure requirements will safeguard against unreliable builders.

Looking Forward

Consultations are ongoing to refine these protections and support their implementation. Ontario's approach contrasts with British Columbia's shorter three-day period, showing a commitment to more comprehensive buyer protection.


With these changes, Valerie Gerardi is ready to help you navigate the Toronto Preconstruction market, ensuring you make informed and secure real estate decisions.

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