Alberta Tenants Demand Rent Control

June 18, 2018

A grassroots tenant advocacy group based in Calgary is demanding rent control measures in Alberta. The group has initiated a petition drive which so far has netted around 2,000 signatures, according to its website. Currently, Alberta landlords are free to raise rent once a year so long as tenants receive adequate notice. However, the rental […]

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Landlords: Is Your Landscaping a Liability?

June 18, 2018

Landscaping around a rental property improves curb appeal, attracts good tenants, and increases the property value. However, it has a downside. Done badly, landscaping can increase landlord liability: Landscaping attracts pests. Bringing a little nature to the property can be more than a landlord bargained for by way of unwanted pests. Leaves left to rot […]

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Landlord Must Answer for Late Fee Policy

June 4, 2018

Landlord Facing Class-Action Lawsuit Over Late Fees A major corporate landlord will have to answer for a late-fee policy that tenants say is illegal. According to a report, the landlord owns 82,500 single-family units nationwide, making it the country’s largest single-family landlord. An estimated 12,500 of those homes are in California, where a lawsuit over […]

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More Landlords Confronting Mandatory Section 8

June 4, 2018

Landlords in Bellingham, Washington and Boulder, Colorado are among the more recent to be confronted with new rental laws that require them to accept housing vouchers, including federal programs like Section 8. While landlord participation in voucher programs is designed to be voluntary, extraordinarily low vacancy rates — less than 2% in Bellingham — and […]

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Landlord Ordered to Pay $20 Million to Injured Tenant

June 4, 2018

An Oregon jury has awarded a tenant over $20 million after he fell through a catwalk that connected two buildings in an apartment complex. Nearly the entire award is for punitive damages. The verdict was entered against the owners and managers of a 600-unit apartment complex. The landlord owns an estimated 16,000 apartment units. The […]

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What Landlords Need to Know About Tenant Files

June 4, 2018

While paperwork is never the best part of any job, when it comes to property management, it is a necessary evil. Tenant files are used for: Screening tenants; Day-to-day management; Evictions; Winning tenant disputes; Debt collection; and Sale or financing of the rental property. What Goes in the Tenant File? For every rental applicant, there […]

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Tenancy Agreements: 4 Common Misconceptions That Hurt Landlords

May 21, 2018

Tenancy agreements can be complicated. Toss in local tenancy laws and individual landlord policies, and things can get downright confusing. Unfortunately, misconceptions about the lease may lead to a false sense of security and, ultimately, to income loss. Don’t be caught off-guard. Recognize these leasing myths, and avoid problems down the road: The tenancy will […]

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3 Things Landlords Need to Know About Evictions

May 21, 2018

Some landlords rely on eviction laws as a safety net to stave off income loss. Unfortunately, that net is full of holes: Not every problem tenant can be evicted. A British Columbia landlord recently discovered that she could not quickly evict a tenant for paying late and living in filth. Despite the headaches and stress […]

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Toronto Star Wins Bid for More Transparency in Ontario Tribunals, Landlord and Tenant Board

May 21, 2018

The Toronto Star Newspapers Limited has won a legal victory in its bid to gain more transparency in Ontario tribunals, including the Landlord and Tenant Board. The court ruling resolves a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of tribunals that withhold records from the press and the public based on privacy concerns. Provincial courts generally are more […]

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How to Show Your Rental Property Like a Pro

May 21, 2018

Attracting the right tenants improves short-term cash flow. It also enhances the value of the rental property in the long term. It’s a given that a landlord wants tenants who not only pay rent, but also care for the property. The best tenants, in turn, want a property that is well-kept. Professional property managers know […]

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