Tenancy Agreements and Long-Term Tenants

March 25, 2019

Long-term tenants now are a reality for many landlords in Canada. And that’s a good thing — for the most part. However, there are some downsides when tenants stay year after year. Tenants can gain a sense of entitlement — “I’m paying your mortgage, so the least you can do is give me new appliances,” […]

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Property Maintenance: What’s the Plan?

March 25, 2019

Property maintenance reduces liability for injuries, extends the life of appliances, reduces costs of repairs, and enhances the overall property value. But to do it right, you need a plan: Create a Maintenance Plan A good baseline for developing a property maintenance plan is to conduct an initial inspection. That may have been performed in […]

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4 Ways to Hold Bad Tenants Accountable

March 11, 2019

Holes in the doors. Piles of trash. Months of rent unpaid. It’s difficult to witness the damage caused by a bad tenant. It’s also scary to think how often these tenants get away with it. Landlords need to stick together to create barriers that discourage tenants from repeating the same bad behavior — over and […]

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Landlords to Pay $74,000 in Dispute Over Occupancy Limits

March 11, 2019

The landlords of  a single-family rental home in Minnesota have agreed to pay $74,000 in damages and penalties to resolve allegations of housing discrimination. The charges stem from a refusal to rent a large property to an extended family, and allegations of race discrimination. According to HUD’s allegations, the owner and manager of a 7,000 […]

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Oregon Passes Sweeping Rent Control Law

March 11, 2019

It’s official: Oregon has become the first to adopt a statewide rent control measure. Because of an emergency declaration, rent caps go into effect across the state immediately. The measure was passed over the objections of landlords and despite dire warnings from experts that rent control will only exacerbate the lack of affordable housing. The […]

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City Declares Emergency Moratorium on Evictions, Rent Increases

March 11, 2019

Lawmakers in Inglewood, California this week used an emergency ordinance to ban some evictions and enact rent control, sidestepping the usual legislative channels. The unusual move was initiated by the mayor, who asked for a 5 percent rent cap. Tenant advocates, calling increasing rents in the city rent-gouging, coaxed the city council into adopting the […]

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3 Costly Tenant Scams and How to Avoid Them

February 25, 2019

How do you lose money in a landlords’ market? Rent to one bad tenant. The tighter the rental market, the more likely landlords will encounter tenant scams. Watch out for these costly tricks, and keep your rental property profitable: Scam #1: Damaging the property, then blaming the landlord. In this scam, a tenant causes property […]

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The Hidden Damage Tenants Leave Behind

February 25, 2019

Landlords have a limited amount of time to catch damage from an exiting tenant before the new tenant moves in. Those landlords lucky enough to collect security deposits have strict time limitations for discovering damage to the property. Tenants, unfortunately, tend to hide the damage, so the onus is on landlords to discover what isn’t […]

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How to Use Your Tenancy Agreement to Prevent Noise Complaints

February 25, 2019

Excessive noise is a common tenant complaint and resolving noise complaints eats up a lot of a landlord’s time and energy. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent many of these complaints by addressing the problem in the tenancy agreement: It’s important for tenants to understand that there is a policy in place for addressing noise […]

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Reputation Matters: Are Landlords Losing the Ratings Game?

February 25, 2019

Liar. Mentally unstable. Unprofessional. Thief. These are only a few of the choice words found in landlord reviews currently posted online. Take a look at local review and rating websites and you’ll likely find long lists of tenant complaints. One landlord has 13 reviews posted, 9 of which are one-star ratings. Only one comment is […]

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