6 Mistakes Landlords Make When Renting to Roommates

August 14, 2017

If you think tenancy laws are complicated, you’re in good company. As difficult as it is for landlords, tenants are more confused about their rights and responsibilities, especially when it comes to roommate rentals. Landlords need to take the lead by crafting appropriate Tenancy Agreements, educating tenants, and avoiding some common mistakes: Don’t Designate a […]

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Last Man Standing: Is Airbnb Changing the Rental Landscape?

August 14, 2017

A Montreal condo owner finds himself in a unique position: he’s the only permanent resident in a nine-unit condo conversion. All the other units, he says, are being run as short-term vacation rentals. In a news report, he describes walking the halls with strangers, unable to build a sense of community. Online vacation hosting site […]

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Landlords: How to Avoid Income Loss from Property Damage

July 31, 2017

From anchor bolts to water leaks, nothing spells income loss for landlords like property damage. Some of this damage may be preventable. To the extent that it is not, landlords still must understand the best strategies for pursuing tenants who cause damage to a rental: 5 Ways to Prevent Property Damage Get Picky About Tenants […]

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3 Things Tenants Don’t Understand About Security Deposits

July 31, 2017

Unfortunately, security deposits disputes are a common occurrence. One of the reasons for this is that too many tenants fail to understand how deposits work. For instance: A security deposit is not last month’s rent. Some tenants believe they don’t owe rent for the last month of the lease so long as they’ve “prepaid” with […]

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Leasing Policy Costs Landlord $20,500

July 31, 2017

The owner and manager of four apartment complexes has agreed to pay $20,500 in damages to settle a lawsuit over the landlord’s pet policy. The landlord allegedly demanded that tenants with disabilities pay pet deposits in order to keep companion or service animals at the rental properties. The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from rejecting […]

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Major Property Manager Sues Airbnb for Interfering With Leases

July 31, 2017

One of the country’s largest apartment managers, Aimco, is stepping up the pressure on vacation rental service Airbnb. Aimco announced that it recently beefed up its previously filed claims against Airbnb by asking for an injunction against the service, restitution for unfair competition, and the inclusion of all affected apartment owners. Aimco, which owns 188 […]

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Discrimination Against Prospective Tenants with a Criminal Record

July 18, 2017

Recently there has been much discussion and confusion, about how to deal with, or not, individuals who have a criminal record when applying for rent. Below is a link concerning…Office of General Counsel Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records by Providers of Housing and Real Estate-Related Transactions, […]

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Landlords: Your Lease Won’t Protect You From This

July 17, 2017

When it comes to the profitability of your rental business, there is one situation where a rental application is far more important than a lease agreement. Even the strongest lease language may not help reduce income loss if the tenant leaves early. It is highly unlikely that a landlord will be able to collect the […]

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Police to Landlords: Check Up on Your Properties

July 17, 2017

The neighbours knew. The police knew. But the landlord apparently was unaware that the rental property had become a drug den. Calgary police say they were called to the suburban property 40 times in six months, including calls to attend three overdoses. Police also say the tenant had sublet rooms in the house to several […]

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Common Eviction Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

July 17, 2017

Eviction claims are difficult to navigate, and difficult to enforce. The process can take months and cause income loss, so it’s easy to lose sight of the finish line. Here are some steps landlords can take in advance that make the process a little more palatable — and a lot more effective: The Endgame: Collecting […]

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