Long-Distance Landlords’ Shocking Discovery

June 15, 2017

Landlords in Toronto were shocked to discover that their tenant’s boyfriend had converted their upscale single-family home into a boarding facility for international students. According to a news report, the landlords found out about the situation only after being contacted by reporters. Student residents complained about living conditions in the house, including having to share […]

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How to Make the Most of a Rental Property Tour

June 15, 2017

Property tours may seem routine, and not all landlords view them as part of the tenant screening process. Yet, the tour presents an opportunity to vet rental applicants and to set the stage for a successful tenancy. Safety First One of the most important steps in both tenant screening and property tours is verifying the identity […]

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7 Tips for Marketing Your Rental Property

June 15, 2017

Did you know that the way you market a rental unit has everything to do with the quality of rental applicants? Not only that, effective marketing also can save time and money, reduce vacancy, and prevent tenant screening mistakes. Turn Down the Volume The secret to effectively marketing a vacancy is keeping the numbers low. […]

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They’re Out There: Bad Tenant Claims Squatter’s Rights

June 5, 2017

A former renter with a history of evictions was in the news after moving into a vacant house and then refusing to leave. The new owners, a family with children, purchased the foreclosure from the bank. However, the sales process took longer than expected, and after closing, the family discovered someone else had moved in. Now, […]

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3 Lease Provisions That May Be Illegal

June 5, 2017

Every landlord wants an ironclad lease agreement, yet it’s equally important that the lease be fair. If the lease goes too far, not only is it unenforceable, but the landlord may have to pay for violating consumer protection laws. The problem stems from the fact that it is landlords who draw up these agreements, so […]

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Tenant Wins $2.6 Million Verdict Against Landlords

June 5, 2017

A law firm in New York recently announced that its client has been awarded $2.6 million against landlords for injuries that resulted from lead paint exposure. The verdict is in line with previous cases involving severe dysfunction caused by lead poisoning. In this case, a child ingested paint chips, chewed on a windowsill that was […]

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Money Down the Drain: Landlords Pay for Flawed Policies

June 5, 2017

A New Hampshire landlord and its property manager have been charged with discrimination after allegedly steering families with children into lower-floor apartments. A rental applicant with an infant son complained that she was denied the opportunity to apply for a vacancy in the 192-unit complex because the advertised apartment was located on an upper floor. According […]

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$40,000 In Property Damage a Lesson for Landlords

May 22, 2017

After suffering $40,000 in damage to his property, a Saskatchewan landlord has some advice for other landlords: check your insurance policy, and screen your tenants. This landlord reported to the news that his tenants, whose references appeared to check out, stopped paying rent while the landlord was out of the country on an extended trip. A […]

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How to Win an Eviction? Prepare for Battle

May 22, 2017

Too often landlords enter into a tenancy agreement with the belief that, if things go badly, they can always evict the tenants. There’s a reason evicting a tenant should be considered the last resort. You might lose, and wind up with an angry tenant, no eviction order, and no end in sight. The best strategy for […]

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Landlord Fined for Tenant’s Actions

May 22, 2017

A landlord in Montreal is speaking out after he was fined over $1,200 because his tenant sublet an apartment on Airbnb contrary to condo board rules. The landlord says he had no knowledge of the tenant’s actions and that the tenant was already in place when the landlord purchased the condo, according to a news […]

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