Tenancy Goes From Bad to Worse: What Went Wrong?

October 9, 2017

A landlord reports that her nightmare tenancy ended with the city ordering her to tear down her rental unit, and a lawsuit for failing to return the security deposit to the tenant. According to the landlord, the tenant moved in and then almost immediately began to make demands — everything from a different cable service […]

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Manitoba Announces 2018 Rent Increase Guideline, Ontario’s Rent Control Expansion Impacts Supply

October 9, 2017

Manitoba 2018 Rent Increase Guideline Set Manitoba Rental Branch has announced that the rent increase guideline for 2018 is set at 1.3 percent. That guideline applies to rent increases throughout 2018. The figure is down slightly from the 2017 cap of 1.5 percent. Tenants must be provided notice of rent increases at least three months […]

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What You Need to Ask Your Next Tenant

September 25, 2017

Asking the right questions is key to finding the right tenants. Those questions need to be targeted so the information is helpful in evaluating qualifications. Collecting irrelevant information not only increases the risk of a discrimination claim, but also makes it harder to determine if the applicant is qualified. Landlords should INCLUDE these questions: When […]

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Landlords: How to Minimize Losses After a Natural Disaster

September 25, 2017

After watching the fury of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, no one doubts the brute force of nature. Yet few people outside of those immediately affected may realize the colossal toll that recovery takes on families and individual lives. Some people lost loved ones. Many more are rendered homeless. Even those fortunate enough to have a […]

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3 Ways to Keep Your Tenants Safe This Winter

September 25, 2017

It’s officially autumn, and the chill in the air reminds us that winter is not far off. Landlords face special liabilities in the winter months, so now is a good time to prepare: 1. Winter can increase the likelihood of carbon monoxide poisoning as tenants are more likely to run the gas furnace, dryer, fireplace […]

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Landlord Sues City for Defamation

September 25, 2017

A Seattle landlord is suing the city for defamation for referring to him as a slumlord and linking his name to anti-slumlord legislation. According to reports, the landlord is considering expanding the lawsuit to include an individual councilmember. The case arose amid a slew of rental regulations debated recently in Seattle, mainly designed to cap […]

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How to Spot Applicants with Bad Rental History

September 11, 2017

Multiple evictions for failure to pay rent or causing property damage is as bad as it gets when it comes to rental applicants. Unfortunately, landlords can’t easily access prior eviction information or court records. So, landlords have to read between the lines and watch for red flags to uncover an applicant’s rental history: Know the […]

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Commissioner Challenges Tenant Screening Practices

September 11, 2017

Do landlords ask too many questions? In a public statement entitled “Privacy Commissioner launches investigation into over-collection of personal information by landlords”, B.C.’s Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner announced that he is reviewing tenant screening practices of landlords across the province. The Commissioner says that the move is based on an uptick in complaints from […]

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British Columbia Announces 2018 Allowable Rent Increase, May Limit Future Increases

September 11, 2017

British Columbia’s annual allowable rent increase for 2018 has been set at 4.0%. That is the maximum amount a landlord can increase rent for many residential properties. The 2018 figure is up slightly from 3.7% in 2017. According to the British Columbia Residential Tenancies Office, rent increases generally are allowed once per year. Landlords must provide […]

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3 Reasons Why Tenants Should Not Handle Repairs

September 11, 2017

The tenancy agreement outlines the rights and responsibilities regarding the care of the rental property, including whether it’s the landlord or tenant who makes repairs. It may seem prudent to ask the tenant to take on repairs, especially in cases where a primary home is turned into a rental or when the landlord is living […]

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