National Housing Conference Puts Focus on Amateur Landlords

July 22, 2019

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation just released a report detailing its findings from the latest National Housing Conference. Among the issues discussed by housing experts was the rental housing market. CMHC concludes that it’s views on renting may be outdated — and it’s time to “rethink” rental housing. Renting is on the rise, according […]

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These Tenants More Likely to Pay Rent on Time

July 1, 2019

This might come as a surprise to some landlords, but a majority of tenants actually want to report rent payments to a credit reporting agency. A recent survey conducted by TransUnion credit bureau shows that a whopping 73% of tenants say that reporting monthly rent payments would motivate them to pay rent on time. That […]

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Portland Orders Landlords to Lower Tenant Screening Standards

July 1, 2019

A controversial new rental regulation package was passed by Portland’s City Council. The rules include a requirement that landlords accept the first qualified applicant to apply, consider tenants with poor credit history, and allow tenants with felony convictions — including violent crimes — after seven years. According to one city commissioner, landlords would be required […]

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Airbnb House Party Turns Deadly

July 1, 2019

A North Carolina landlord was in the process of evicting a tenant for unauthorized subletting when an Airbnb guest’s party at the rental property turned deadly. Four people were shot, one fatally, according to a news report. It is not known whether the “hundreds” of unauthorized guests also damaged the property, but local police previously […]

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5 Tips for New Tenant Orientations

July 1, 2019

Landlords who want tenants to follow the rules and properly care for a rental property are well-advised to conduct a new tenant orientation. Here are some tips to make the most of an orientation: 1. Create a list of topics to cover. Some basic requirements include emergency procedures like what to do if… and how […]

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Popular Tenant Scams (as Revealed by Tenants)

June 24, 2019

Bad tenants are funny. They complain about landlords not giving them a fair shake, but then they post their most corrupt ideas on the Internet for others to follow — and for landlords to see. Here are a few choice examples: How to Hide a Bad Rental History This is a hot topic for tenants […]

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Ontario Landlords Gain Better Access to Eviction Records

June 24, 2019

Landlords in Ontario now may be able to access previous eviction records, which could greatly enhance their ability to screen rental applicants and avoid income loss from chronically bad tenants. The move comes after a court order which requires the social tribunals in Ontario — including the Landlord and Tenant Board — to provide greater […]

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British Columbia Landlords Pay a Price for Security Deposits

June 24, 2019

Most landlords would agree security deposits are a valuable tool when it comes to minimizing income loss. Just ask landlords in Ontario who are fighting for the right to collect deposits. While a security deposit can serve as an incentive for a tenant to return a unit in good condition and a quick source of […]

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Tenant Causes $30,000 in Damage in 3 Hours

June 24, 2019

A British Columbia tenant was found negligent after his failure to report a water leak in his apartment. Although the tenant was aware that water from a toilet in his unit was overflowing for hours and had spread into his bedroom and kitchen, he failed to shut off the water or call for help. When […]

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Landlord’s Fees Illegal

June 3, 2019

A landlord in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $30,000 in restitution after the state’s attorney general found the landlord was charging illegal fees. Tenants complained that the landlord was deducting a 15% “administrative fee” from each tenant’s security deposit, amounting to about $80 per lease. The Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection determined […]

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