3 Reasons to Rethink Your No-Pets Policy

April 24, 2017

Pets OK BC is a non-profit with one objective: to bring British Columbia’s rental rules in line with Ontario’s when it comes to pets. The group is engaged in a petition drive designed to bring attention to the lack of pet-friendly housing in the province. They want to change the Residential Tenancy Act so that […]

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Toronto Gets Tough With New Landlord Bylaw

April 24, 2017

Toronto landlords face more stringent rental rules — and a litany of record-keeping requirements — after City Council passed a new rental bylaw last month. The law is slated to take effect July 1, and impacts hundreds of thousands of units. It applies to apartment buildings with three or more floors and 10 or more […]

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10 Time-Saving Tips for Landlords

April 10, 2017

Efficiency rules when it comes to managing your rental property and increasing your income. The less time wasted, the more time spent where it really matters — finding good tenants. A few simple tweaks can make all the difference when it comes to saving time: 1. Answer applicant questions in the rental ad rather than […]

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How to Spot a Good Tenant

April 10, 2017

What do you look for in a tenant? How do you know when you’ve found the right one? While nothing short of a tenant background check can confirm that you are ready to lease, there are some signs that you likely are on the right track. For instance, good applicants will: Ask questions about the […]

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The Ever-Present Value of New Tenant Orientations

April 10, 2017

Do you conduct new tenant orientations? If not, you might be missing a great opportunity. Tenant orientations are a valuable step in the property management process — one that can save money and increase tenant retention. Why Conduct Tenant Orientations? An orientation, when provided as each new tenant moves in, can help tenants: Stay safe […]

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Appeals Court Sides With Landlords Over Tenant Fees

April 10, 2017

The California Court of Appeals has sided with landlords in a lawsuit brought to challenge a San Francisco ordinance that would have required hefty relocation fees to tenants should the landlord decide to retire a rental property. That ordinance was the latest in a series of controversial measures passed by the city aimed at discouraging […]

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Landlord’s Costly Tenant Screening Mistake

March 27, 2017

A landlord in Ontario is facing a discrimination complaint after rejecting rental applicants allegedly on the basis of their youth. The millennial couple say they possessed the qualifications — including excellent credit and ample income — to rent a two-bedroom condo. According to a news report, the applicants claim that the landlord indicated via email that […]

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Tenant Scams: 5 Red Flags for Landlords

March 27, 2017

Low vacancies and high rents can create the perfect environment for rental applicant scams. The tighter the market, the more desperate problem renters become. But landlords can stave off bad tenants by watching for some common red flags: Targeting Small Landlords Problem tenants are most likely to respond to ads in free online classifieds because […]

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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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