Alberta Landlords Association

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The Alberta Landlords Association (ALA) and its sister organization The Canada Landlords Association (CLA) are leading provincial and national organizations for private small residential landlords. We provide a unified voice for private landlords and promote and protect our members' interests to national and local government.

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Tenant Screening Alberta: Introducing Premium Landlord Credit Checks with TVS

 April 1st, 2014

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Protect Your Rental Property With TVS Credit Checks for Only $10 per Check! They Are Amazing!

There’s been a lot of great news for Alberta landlords in 2014.

Let’s a take a look at a couple of the reasons.

House Prices are Rising

Residential house prices are rising fast all over Alberta.

Not only are prices rising, the Globe and Mail thinks that Alberta real estate prices are going to surge in the future.

Alberta Has Lots of Top 10 Places To Live

In a recent article in Moneysense magazine lots of Alberta cities and town lead the way in the top places to live in Canada.

It’s a Great Time To Invest In Alberta Rental Properties

It really is.

If you invest in Alberta rentals you get appreciation.

There is also a lot of people moving to our province for jobs and they need to rent a home.

Professional Tenants Are Out There

With so many good tenants wanting to rent from Alberta landlords, there are also a lot of scammers out there.

Many of them come from Ontario, as Ontario landlords can attest to.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

The only way to protect yourself if with serious and careful tenant screening.

Never rent to anyone without checking their financial background.

TVS Credit Checks

We believe TVS Credit Checks are the ultimate landlord screening tool.

And now Alberta Landlords Association membership allows you to use TVS to help you find great tenants for the terrific member price of only $10 per check! 

That’s more than a 50% savings for non-members.

How Do I Start With TVS Premium Credit Checks?

- TVS has a toll free number for ALA members to call to get set up.

- You call them and their excellent customer service team will help you.

- It’s the quickest landlord credit check system in Canada!

Make sure you tell the amazing TVS customer service team you are a member of the Alberta Landlords Association to get the huge discount.

How Can I Do A TVS Credit Check?

The TVS system is excellent for landlords.  Here’s why:

-You can do everything from your own home computer and takes only a couple of minutes.

-No need to photocopy documents.

-No need to fax anything.

-You just type your potential tenant’s information online and in a minute you get the report.

What Does A TVS Tenant Credit Check Show Me?

For only $10 per check and it takes only a minute to get the report you get:

1.  Credit Score

2.  Employment Information

3.  Address and Past Addresses

4.  Verification of Identity

5.  A Recommendation: Should you Rent to Them?

TVS is a game-changer for Alberta landlords

TVS reports come from Equifax data and are exactly what you need to choose a great tenant.

It’s fast and easy to get set up and doing credit checks fast!

The TVS customer support team is amazing and there to help you!

Alberta Landlords and Tenant Screening

We know there are lots of great tenants out there.

We also know there are some professionals out there who will cost you thousands of dollars and months of stress.

Become a member of the Alberta Landlords Association

- It’s only a one time fee.

- No annual fee.

- Gain access to huge discounts on premium services to help you & your rental business.

Smart Landlords

For only a one-time fee (which can be made back with the savings on terrific credit checks) you can protect your rental business.

 

Alberta Landlords: How to Rent to Good Tenants (and avoid the pros)

February 19th, 2014

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Join the Alberta Landlords Association and Get Tenant Credit Checks With GARDA for only $12 / check!

Rent to Good Tenants and Avoid the Professional Tenants!

Get amazing and complete information on your potential tenants for an incredible low cost fee!

Alberta landlords know we are in the best province and are happy we have invested in rental properties here.

After all, we have the lowest vacancy rate and the future looks good.

Of course, with so many renters coming to our province there are scamming tenants and schemer tenants out there as well.

They will play games leaving the landlord with thousands of dollars in clean up costs, repairs and owned rent.

How Can Alberta Landlords Make Sure We Rent To Good Tenants?

We often here ‘there is no magic wand.’

However, the Alberta Landlords Association offers something very close to help landlords succeed.

Whether you are a landlord in Edmonton, or in Calgary or in Lethbridge or anywhere in the province GARDA tenant credit checks are essential for landlord success!

Landlords need to be aware that using a friend or relative to do a tenant credit check for you can lead to their Equifax account being closed and the landlord and friend or relative can be subject to a privacy complaint.

GARDA specializes in screening tenants.

GARDA credit checks provide landlords with the most comprehensive and professional tools to make sure you find great tenants and avoid professional tenants.

And this Tenant Credit only costs $12 per check.

What Is GARDA?

GARDA is recognized as the most trusted and leading Canadian owned and operated provider of background screening solutions.

Our services help deliver integrated solutions through highly specialized teams with experience in addressing complex business needs.

The exceptional level of service we provide is unmatched in our industry and our clients can be assured they are receiving the highest quality of service as well as the most innovative and comprehensive solutions in the industry.

Since 1922, Garda has been providing and continues to provide national and international background screening services to major corporations, financial institutions, governments and governmental agencies.

Knowledge is power

Our internal investigation specialists are masters at finding and interpreting the information needed. They will gather all the pertinent information, verify the data and then develop an expert report.

Garda’s background screening solutions provide you with the vital information required to make informed business decisions on the suitability or risk level of a tenant.

Landlord Question:  What Does A GARDA Tenant Credit Check Show Me?

The results provide detailed reports including credit ratings, loans and collections outstanding.

The tenant credit check also includes a verification of the individual identity and employment history

1.         Does a GARDA tenant credit check confirm the tenant’s identity?

Yes, you get complete information confirming it.

For example, the report would show you:

Identification

Name:

DOE, JOHN

Current Address:

123 ANYWHERE ST,

Calgary, Alberta

Date of Birth, SIN:

1966/09/02, 451-333-572

JDOE

2.         Does a GARDA tenant credit check verify their employment?

Yes, you get it confirmed. No more lies, you get it on paper.

Employment (Subject 1) Employment Information:

Current Employer:

T M PET CENTRE

3.         Does a GARDA tenant credit check show past employment?

Yes, you get to see where your potential tenant worked before.

This is important because you can see if they are stable in their work environments.

Since, Left, Position,

Salary:  $XXXXX

05/2001, , Animal Care Technician,

4.         Does a GARDA check show me if they have any judgments against them?

Yes, their checks show judgments and loans.

Filed

Type

Court Name

Court No

Amt

Status

Date

Vrfd

09/2004

Jdgm

BRAMPTON SML CLM CRT

453VC00093

18731

Defendant:

S

Case No:

CV9977007649SR

Plaintiff:

ROYAL BANK OF CDA

 

5.         Does a GARDA tenant credit check who me the tenant’s credit score?

Yes.  You get to see their credit score determining their credit worthiness and showing whether they pay their bills on time.

 CREDIT SCORE:

We have accessed this applicant’s credit report and based on the contents of the report, the credit bureau has assigned a credit Score of 730.

 

Alberta Landlords You Now Have Access To the Nearest Thing to a Magic Wand To Find Good Tenants

Alberta landlords now have a tool to make sure you rent to good tenants.

Take advantage of this opportunity to conduct professional tenant credit checks with an world wide leader for an incredibly low cost!

Alberta Landlords: Landlord Success 2014

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The New Year Looks Good For All Alberta Landlords And We Wish You the Best in 2014!

Good news keeps coming for Alberta landlords.

As our population continues to grow according to the Huffington Post our rental property vacancy rates are the lowest in Canada.

They report states that Calgary vacancy rates were only 1 percent and Edmonton landlords only had to deal with rates that were at 1.4  percent.

This contrasts with Toronto landlords who faced vacancy rates of 1.6 percent.

This is good news for landlords all over Alberta.

According to the Chief Economist at ATB Financial, Alberta continues to see a huge inflow of newcomers from other areas of Canada and other nations.

No Rent Control In Alberta

The Chief economist says this will mean higher rents because Alberta doesn’t have rent control.

This is very different than other Canadian provinces.

For example, British Columbia landlords can only raise the rent 2.2% in 2014.

Ontario landlords have it even worse.

The government says they can only raise the rent a measly 0.8% in 2014.

It’s so low many landlords such as this Barrie landlord are upset and even thinking of getting out of the landlord / rental business industry.

Alberta Landlords Facing Bad Tenants

Let’s face it, bad tenants are out there.

Make sure you screen your potential tenants carefully and only rent to those who pass your tenant screening system.

This should include both tenant credit checks and tenant criminal checks.

Make sure you join the Alberta Landlords Association to get access to premium, affordable checks for landlords.

Things Are Looking Good For Alberta Landlords In 2014

Things are looking good.

With a low vacancy rate and lots of good tenants available make sure you conduct professional tenant screening to make sure you rent out to all the excellent tenants out there.

And avoid the bad tenants.

Alberta Landlords 2014

Good luck and best wishes to all Alberta Landlords in 2014.

Alberta Landlords – Is Rent Control Coming?

December 15, 2013

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Is rent control coming to Alberta? According to an editorial in the Whitecourt Star it should be.

Rent control is when the government caps the amount of rent a landlord can charge. The Star believes it’s the solution to the low vacancy rate in Alberta.

Low Vacancy Rate

The vacancy rate is, in fact, very low and tenants are scrambling to find rental apartments.

According to the Canada Housing and Mortage Corp. (CMHC) not only are vacancy rates in Alberta decline, rents are also rising.

The Whitecourt Star’s Argument for Rent Control in Alberta

The Star sent a reporter to look into the rental market in Whitecourt in 2012.

The reporter found there were a lot of tenants in the city looking for rental housing. The report stated there were not enough affordable rental units available and there was a long list of tenants waiting to find a place to rent “at any price.”

The Star editorial stated the Alberta economy was booming and more workers were coming to the province. Despite these jobs there are thousands of homeless living on the street because Calgary and Edmonton landlords won’t rent to them.

While investors and landlords have the right to profit from their rental businesses the Star argues people have the right to a place to live.

According to the Whitecourt Star ‘rent control’ is a way the government “can make this happen.

Rent Control Doesn’t Mean More Affordable Rental Units

The Whitecourt Star argument is wrong. Rent control doesn’t equal more affordable housing.

Other Canadian provinces have rent control

For example, British Columbia landlords can only increase the rent by 2.2% in 2014. Yet tenants there are still complaining rents are too high and something needs to be done.

And even better example is Ontario.

In 2014 Ontario Landlords can only raise the rent a measly 0.8% for their current tenants.

While the Ontario Rent Increase Guideline is tied to the CPI Index rent increases are ‘capped’ at a maximum of 2.5% no matter how high inflation gets.

With rent control and rent increases capped there should be a ton of rental available and rents should be low. 

Except there isn’t.

With so much government control many investors simply avoid investing in residential rental property in Ontario.

The vacancy rates in Ontario are nearly as low as in Alberta.

And there is a huge waiting list for affordable housing in Ontario.

Rent Control Is Not the Answer

Alberta landlords already know rent control is not the way forward for Alberta.

Anyone can see from what is happening in British Columbia and Ontario that rent control only hurts tenants.

Furthermore, landlords in Alberta are already facing increasing challenges.

We hope the Whitecourt Star editorial board thinks more carefully next time.

Tenant Screening Alberta: Tenant Credit Checks & Tenant Criminal Checks

November 1st, 2013

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There are a lot of terrific tenants out there.

These tenants respect your property.

They respect you, the landlord, and appreciate the excellent property you are providing.

Rent is paid on time and any maintenance or other potential challenges are dealt with in a mature and a professional manner.

Being a residential landlord in Alberta can be a smart and profitable business decision.

Landlord Challenges

There can also be challenges. One look at the local newspaper can tell you that. Or watch the evening news.

Unfortunately we have seen more challenges for Alberta landlords in 2013.

What Type of Challenges?

1. This Rental Home is My Embassy

Last month we wrote about a landlady who rented to a tenant who declared the rental property ‘an embassy’ and refused to pay rent.

It took two years for the landlady to finally get her rental property back.

She rented to him on the recommendation of a friend.

She didn’t conduct a tenant credit check or a tenant criminal check.

2. Tenants Leave Racial Slurs and Property Damages

A Calgary landlord was going through the process to evict a couple of tenants for not paying rent.

When they finally were gone they left behind walls painted with racial insults against the landlord and thousands of dollars in damages.

The landlord didn’t didn’t conduct a tenant credit check or a tenant criminal check.

3. The Government Recommends a Tenant Who Trashes the Property

Government social housing recommend a tenant to a Calgary landlord who was holding an open house for his rental property. He accepted the tenant based on the government’s recommendation.

Months later his property was trashed.

The landlord trusted the government and didn’t conduct his own tenant credit check and tenant criminal check.

The Important of Tenant Screening

What is tenant screening?

It’s looking into a potential tenant’s background and discovering who they ‘really’ are.

The three landlords above trusted either what the tenant told them directly or a ‘recommendation’ from a friend or agency.

Tenant Credit Checks and Tenant Criminal Checks

The days of agreeing to hand over the keys on a handshake or a recommendation are over.

Smart landlords know a tenant credit check and a tenant criminal check don’ t lie.

Tenant credit checks will show you the real details on a prospective renter’s financial past.

Do they pay their bills on time? Do they have creditors after them? Do they have a history of bankruptcies?

Tenant Criminal checks will help you see the background of a potential renter to protect not only your property but other tenants who might share the building.

GARDA Back Screening Solutions

The Alberta Landlords Association is proud to cooperate with GARDA Background Screening Solutions.

GARDA is recognized as the most trusted and leading Canadian owned and operated  provider of background screening solutions.

 GARDA Background Screening Solutions can provide you with the vital information that is required to make informed business decisions.

They will provide you with timely and accurate information to make an informed decision on the risk level of any applicant,

Tenant Screening is more important than ever.

Make tenant credit checks and tenant criminal checks part of your tenant screening process.

Become a professional landlord and make sure you find the great tenants out there!

Calgary Landlord – Freeman Arrested

October 1, 2013

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Calgary Landlord Finally Gets Back To See Her Rental Property

We wrote about the nightmare Calgary landlord Rebekah Caverhill was going through last week.

The good news is she is finally able to enter her rental property and see what’s been done to it.

After all, she hasn’t been able to get in for two years! It’s a story that has reached every outlet in the media including CBC news.

Background Story

A Calgary rental property which was occupied by a man claiming to be a Freeman-on-the-Land was finally vacated Friday last week.

The landlady, Rebekah Caverhill has finally got a look inside the property on Monday. She said her half-duplex unit along Parkdale was overflowing with trash, Freemen manifestos and old computer pieces.

In November 2011, the property was rented by a 48-year-old Sylvan Lake pensioner who calls himself Andreas Pirelli or Mario Antonacci.

He told Caverhill that he was a handyman and was able to convince her to make some unit improvements worth the three month’s rent in return.

Caverhill soon realized the tenant had swapped the house locks and even gutted the kitchen as well as the bathroom.

The man asserted he was a Freeman-on-the-Land taking the property as his embassy.

From a freemen’s point of view they are “sovereign citizens” who are off the hook of the government’s conspiracies and/or restrictions.

Afterwards Caverhill got an invoice of $26,000 for the work accomplished from the tenant’s private company and a notice of $17,000 lien on the property from the Land Titles Office.

A lien is a form of security arranged over to secure any debt or performance payments.

Caverhill shared her horrible story to the media and she was able to secure a court order to throw out the tenant from her property at the end of the week.

Landlady Finally Gets Her Home Back

On Friday last week, the police apprehended the tenant with the warrants issued in Quebec, where in 2007 he allegedly assaulted a former landlady in Montreal.

The tenant still owes over $10,000 for his rent, but he put additional lien on the property instead of paying the landlady.

The Importance of Tenant Screening

What happened to this landlord could happen to any of us. Unless we do proper tenant screening.

Calgary landlords are talking about this, but we all need to be aware of Freeman and their tactics.

The days of a friend’s recommendation or keys and free rent in exchange for repairs to the unit are over.

Alberta landlords protect your family and your investment.

Make sure you screen your tenants well, including credit checks and criminal checks.

Calgary Landlord Regains Control Over Her Rental Property At Last

September 25th, 2013

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Landlord said “I can’t handle it, I just can’t. I just want him to leave, get out. That’s all I want.

It appears landlord Rebekah Caverhill’s nightmare is finally over. We’ve seen written about bad tenants before but nothing like this case.

According to a report on CTV News, Freemen-on-the-landlord tenant Andrea Pirelli has been order to get out of his duplex apartment by this coming Saturday.

Pirelli was not in court to hear the judgment but he did have a representative there who refused to provide his name or approach the bench.

CTV News tried yet again to get input from Pirelli and a reporter went to the rental home for the second time in two days to talk to him.

Pirelli came to the window and took our photos but refused to speak.

He calls himself a member of the “Freemen on the Land” movement and believes Canada’s laws don’t apply to him. It’s news that reached landlords all over the country.

Background Story

Rebekah Caverhill rented out half of her Calgary duplex to a man who was recommended as a tenant by a friend. He moved in during November of 2011, but only paid her half of the rent they agreed on. And that’s not the worst part.

The tenant claims to be a ‘Freeman-on-the-Land,’ saying the home is an ‘embassy’ and no longer belongs to Caverhill. He went as far as to change the locks, and do renovations which he then charged Caverhill for…resulting in a lien against her home.

More Details

The tenant told her his name is Andreas Pirelli—which is believed to be an alias. There is a video of him on YouTube under the name Mario Antonacci, where he gives a lesson on what a ‘Sovran Unity Nations Embassy’ is.

Freeman-on-the-Land is a growing movement, that could number as many as 30,000 in Canada. It is also in the United States, where the FBI considers the group a domestic terror threat. ‘Freeman,’ or ‘Sovereign Citizens’ believe that law only governs them if they consent to be governed, and believe they live under ‘natural laws.’ This leads them to avoid taxes, mortgages and utility bills among things.

Caverhill says she’s tried to convict Pirelli to no avail, and police referred her to civil courts, saying it was a landlord-tenant dispute. Police are now talking to Crown to determine if any charges can be laid.

“It may have started out as civil, but this is criminal now,” Caverhill complains. “I have a fraudster, someone trying to take my home.”

Service Alberta is now involved in the case, but Caverhill has been told she needs to get a court order to try and force Pirelli out.

Alberta Landlords and Tenant Screening

This is just another example of why landlords in Calgary and all over Alberta need to make sure you screen your renters carefully.

The days of a simple handshake are over.

Calgary Landlord Faces Racial Slurs From Tenants He Was Evicting

September 1st, 2013

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You are a Calgary landlord. 

You know there are bad tenants out there, but you have some great rental properties and know there are good ones too.

Your rental units are legal, clean, modern and attract a lot of tenants.

You know the laws and rules and follow them.

For example, you wouldn’t think of discriminating against a potential tenant based on sex, gender, or colour.

Heck, you welcome all tenants who pay on time and respect you and your properties.

Landlord Faces the Ugly Face of Discrimination

According to a report in Metro News unfortunately a couple of tenants out there aren’t like us. 

Since coming to Canada in 2001 from Nigera Landlord Paul said this is the first instance of racism he has experienced.

We’ve discussed the things can do to create hardship for landlords no matter where you are but nothing like this.

Paul rented to some problem tenants and was preparing to go through to process to evict them.

He did an inspection on his house and found the tenants had vanished.

Tenants Left Something Behind

While the tenants were gone, they left something for the landlord to find.

Racial insults were burned into the house carpets and scribbled on the walls.

Sexual pictures were also drawn on the walls of the house.

“Yesterday, I cried until I slept,” said Paul who also has concerns for his safety.

“They wrote my name there,” he said, pointing to one part of the graffiti.

Elsewhere on the walls were crudely drawn swastikas and the words “White Power” and “KKK.”

The Police Are Involved

Staff Sgt. Jim Leung said Calgary police officers who specialize in “hate-biased crime” are investigating the incident, and the main suspects are the previous tenants.

“These two renters, both 24 or 25 years of age, are suspects in this case because we have to draw an inference that when they moved out, they were the instigators of the hate bias,” Leung said.

“We’re going to do our best to try and locate these two.”

They Also Left Damages

Doors were ripped off the hinges, dozens of holes were punched or cut into the walls, and garbage was strewn everywhere.

Paul estimated the damage to be at least $5,000 and said he can’t afford to repair it immediately.

“I don’t know what I’ll do,” he said. “That’s a big question.”

To Discuss This and Other Calgary Landlord and Tenant Issues Go to the Alberta Landlord Forum.

Calgary Vacancy Rate

August 1st, 2013

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The Flood and University Students Returning May Lead to Higher Rents

According to report in the Calgary Herald the residential property vacancy rate is so low landlords have stopped aggressively advertising because even a small ad brings in a flood of potential tenants.

The competition between tenants looking for a nice rental unit could become even more competitive soon:

1. Many buildings remain unlivable after the flood

2. University students are returning soon to start classes and they need off-campus housing

One landlord husband and wife team said the number of applicants they are receiving is overwhelming.

Tammy Panchuk and her husband own forty rentals in Calgary.

While other areas across the country such as Barrie, Ontario have landlords desperately seeking qualified tenants things are very different in Calgary.

With no vacancies and so much demand they now only put an ad up on one website instead of many.

Panchuk is also a Calgary real estate agent and said the Calgary landlords and investors she deals with are all full with few vacancies. She says if there is an opening it gets filled fast.

Many universities such as Mount Royal and the University of Calgary and SAIT believe the housing crunch is going to have a serious effect on students looking for off-campus housing.

The Vice-president of the Mount Royal University student union, Tristan Smyth, believes the flood will lead to higher rents and less vacancies.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi also expects a worsening rental market in September, and even predicted this week that the rental vacancy rate could come close to zero because of last month’s big flood.

To Discuss This And Other Landlord and Tenant Issues Go to the Free Alberta Landlord Forum

Attention Edmonton Landlords – Habitat for Humanity Edmonton Sale This Week

July 9, 2013

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Edmonton Landlords Can Get a Nice Savings and Give Something Back to the Community

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton wants you to know they are having a 15% off flooring sale this week in their ReStores.

It’s a great opportunity for Edmonton landlords to pick up some flooring and save money. It’s also a great way to help a wonderful organization.

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton has been giving a “hand up” to hard working families in need since 1991.

They firmly believe that home ownership is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and to building equity and hope for children. Our families are full of love and have incredible stories. Volunteers from all walks of life come to serve families, learn new skills and build friends. Our donors and community partners have ensured that we can continue to serve families year-after-year.

The need for affordable home ownership has never been greater, and the opportunity to make a difference has never been more accessible.

Join us as we build homes and hope for deserving families across Northern Alberta. 

Here’s some more facts about Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

1. Founding

It was founded in 1991

2. Homes Built

They have built almost 250 homes

3. Service Locations

In 2013, they now serve families in Edmonton, St. Albert, Cold Lake, Fairview, Slave Lake, Peace River, Hinton and Edson.

4. Restores

They operate two “ReStores” in Edmonton and one in Grande Prairie. ReStores are all over the Canada, from Vancouver for B.C. landlords to Barrie, Ontario for a Barrie landlord looking for items to spruce up their rental property.

You Can Also Give Back By Volunteering

Alberta landlords are a group who likes to provide a helping hand to people and organizations that deserve it.

 

You can help them continue their progress by volunteering your time at one of the current build projects or in one of the ReStores.

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