4 Leasing Policies That Prevent Eviction

March 27, 2017

Whether a tenancy ends badly often depends upon what happens at the earliest stages of the leasing process. Here are four policies that can stave off the stress and income loss associated with eviction: Nonpayment of Rent The most common reason for eviction is nonpayment of rent. Fortunately, that tends to occur more with tenants […]

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Ontario Seeks to Expand Rent Increase Limits

March 27, 2017

Lawmakers in Ontario have made good on a promise to tamp down skyrocketing rent by proposing an expansion of the rent increase guideline. A new bill, The Rent Protection for All Tenants Act, 2017, would require landlords with newer buildings to follow the annual rent increase guidelines set out in the Residential Tenancies Act. Currently, […]

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Small But Mighty: 7 Powerful Little Lease Clauses

March 13, 2017

When it comes to the inner workings of a lease agreement, power isn’t measured by size. There are some seemingly insignificant provisions that do far more than you might expect: 1. Identity of Tenants “This Agreement is entered into between . . .” Simple language, but carelessness here can land you in hot water. Only […]

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Landlords Challenge Tenant Screening Limits

March 13, 2017

A group of landlords are suing the city of Seattle over a recent ordinance that dictates how landlords there must fill vacancies. The landlords claim the city’s new ‘first-come, first-served’ rule hampers their ability to pick the most qualified tenants. The Seattle ordinance requires landlords who advertise vacancies to list minimum qualification standards for applicants. The […]

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When Can a Landlord Visit a Rental Property?

March 13, 2017

A frequent complaint from tenants is unannounced or unnecessary visits by the landlord. At the same time, landlords who fail to supervise the property can suffer losses from damage, crime or neglect. How can a landlord strike a balance? A Tenant’s Right to Privacy Inherent to every lease agreement is a promise to provide the […]

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Tenants Sue Landlord Over Pest Control Policies

March 13, 2017

A Denver landlord is facing a class-action lawsuit over its failed pest control policies. Tenants at the large multi-family property allege that the complex was overrun by rats, and then tenants came into contact with carelessly applied pesticide. In a news report, one tenant claims that rats ate into electrical systems in his car. An […]

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Spotting Problem Tenants: It’s a Matter of Respect

February 27, 2017

How do you know if a rental applicant will make a good tenant? It comes down to one factor: respect. Disrespect isn’t simply an attitude. It’s a bad behaviour, one that leads to income loss for landlords. Tenants must respect the landlord, the lease, and the property. There are a number of subtle — and […]

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How to Make Your Rental Ads Work for You

February 27, 2017

Rental ads speak to your prospective tenants in ways you may not realize. An unprofessional ad sends a message to bad tenants to take advantage, while a well-crafted ad attracts quality renters. Yet, some landlords don’t take the time necessary at this crucial stage in the leasing process to send the right message. It doesn’t […]

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3 Property Management Strategies That Fail

February 27, 2017

Property management, like many jobs, gets easier with time. That is, if you’re doing it right. There are some strategies that only get worse. If you are considering one of these, you may want to think again: 1. Long-distance management. There are any number of reasons why people get into the rental business. For some, it’s […]

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Newspaper Sues for Access to Tribunal Records

February 27, 2017

The Toronto Star has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario provincial government seeking more transparency from legal tribunals, including the Landlord and Tenant Board. The move comes after Star reporters say they’ve repeatedly been denied access to records in many tribunals, according to a report. The secrecy of tribunal proceedings interferes with the newspaper agency’s […]

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