Alberta Landlords Association

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Alberta Landlords – You Can Find Good Tenants! Get Premium Credit Checks For Only $10/Check

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Alberta Landlords – You Can Become a Member of the Alberta Landlords Association To Find Great Tenants! Join Up and Get Premium Credit Checks for Only $10 / Check!

JUST A ONE-TIME SET UP FEE TO ACCESS $10 CREDIT CHECKS AND THE  RENTAL KIT!

NO ANNUAL FEES OR HIDDEN COSTS! WE HELP SMALL LANDLORDS!

Experienced Alberta landlords know the secret to being a successful landlord in Alberta is to find great tenants (all the while, not renting to the bad ones out there!)

There is a huge group of good tenants coming to our province and they are looking for good landlords. It’s up to you to make sure you find them and they find you!

So What Do You Mean When You Write Good Tenant?

We believe a good tenant is someone who:

1. Good Tenants Pay Their Rent in a Timely Manner

You are their landlord, not their banker. Tenants need to make sure they pay on time. After all, you have to pay your mortgage on time.

2. Good Tenants Make Paying Rent a Priority

Everyone can have some financial blips. Tenants will make sure they contact you if they have to be a day or two late (and provide you with a good reason they are being late this one time).

3. Good Tenants Show Consideration and Respect Towards Their Landlord

You treat your tenants with consideration and respect and good tenants will do the same thing back to you.

4. Good Tenants Take Care of the Rental Property

You won’t have to worry about finding a huge mess when they move out.

5. Good Tenants Communicate With Their Landlord

Is there some leaking happening? Tenants will make sure you know about it so it can be repaired before it becomes major damage requiring an expensive repair.

Okay, Makes Sense. So What Do You Mean By ‘Bad’ Tenant?”

These are tenants who don’t pay rent and don’t respect the landlord or the rental property.

Unfortunately there are a lot of examples out there. Just take a look at what happened to this honest and hard-working Calgary landlord who got burned by sneaky bad tenants (and ended up costing him over $100,000 in losses and he had to sell his rental!)

Remember, good tenants are out there and you just need to find them.

Can You Help Me To Search for Good Tenants?

Yes! One of the keys to run a credit check on all potential tenants. In fact, you really need to run a credit check to make sure you who you are renting to.

I’m Wondering What Does a Tenant Credit Check Show?

A tenant credit check will provide Alberta landlords with the information you need to know to make sure you are renting to the right person.

What Information Is Included With a Tenant Credit Check?

You will be able to verify a bunch of things your tenants wrote in their application.

For instance, you can check their addresses, employment and financial history.

So What’s The Way To Do A Tenant Credit Check?

It’s now easy and simple for landlords to run credit checks.

For only only a one-time registration fee you can join the Alberta Landlords Association.

Not only do you get great documents and a Private Members forum where you can chat with other landlords, you get access to premium credit checks for only $10 Per Check!

While other associations charge you an annual fee, the Alberta Landlords Association exists only to help landlords and only charges a one-time fee!

Alberta Landlords – Become a Member of the Alberta Landlords Association and Start Running Premium Tenant Credit Checks for Only $10 / Check! It’s the Deal of a Life-time!

Tenant Screening Alberta: Introducing Premium Landlord Credit Checks with TVS

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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 Association Membership: The Best Landlord Credit Checks To Help You Find Good Tenants

April 1st, 2014

Alberta landlords tenant screening TVS credit check

ALA Members can now do premium credit checks from your own home computer with TVS to find great tenants for a huge discounted price!

Great news for Alberta landlords as a recent Moneysense report has many Alberta cities as the ‘best places to live in Canada.’

More and more people are coming to our province to find jobs and put down roots.

With so many great tenants out there wanting to rent from you it’s more important than ever to make sure you find these tenants.

Because there are also ‘pro tenants’ out there and they can be very convincing and crafty as this Calgary landlord found out.

For example, take a look at this CTV News story about a government approved tenant who decide to trash his rental apartment.

Helping You Find Good Tenants

The Alberta Landlords Association is proud to announce our new partnership with TVS (Tenant Verification Systems).

TVS is the leading Tenant Screening company in Canada and has helped landlords across Canada succeed.

Why is TVS So Helpful For Landlords?

The TVS system is powerful and user-friendly.

1.  TVS offers a Toll-Free Number For ALA Members

2.  TVS has a very quick set up service to start

3.  TVS has the most professional customer service team to help you

4.  TVS you can do everything on your own home computer in minutes

5.  TVS offers you a great report including a score and a recommendation

How The TVS System Works

The TVS system with the Alberta Landlords Association is fast and efficient.

Here’s how it works (it’s awesome!)

1.  You become a member of the ALA (a one time fee, no annual fee!)

2.  You call the TVS toll free number for ALA members

3.  TVS has you on our TVS-ALA database

4.  Because you are an ALA member you get the member discount

5.  The normal fee of $21.58/check becomes only $10/check for ALA members

6.  You get set up in minutes

7.  When you have a potential tenant you just turn on your computer

8.  You go to the TVS site and do the credit check (no faxing, no BS, etc.)

9.  You get the results in minutes

10. The TVS result includes credit score and a recommendation

All this for only $10/check!

TVS Has A Proven Track Record Of Helping Small Landlords

TVS has been a partner of the Ontario Landlords Association for several years and this is what Ontario landlords say:

“TVS is incredible.  The report gave me everything I need to make sure I rent to the right tenants.”

“I signed up for a one time fee and started doing credit checks for only $10 in hours.  It really can’t be beat.”

“I never did credit checks before.  The TVS team helped me every step of the way!  Thanks!!”

“The TVS credit check gave me verification of employment, addresses and more.  I love the score and the recommendation they provide…so helpful!”

Join the Alberta Landlords Association And Take Your Rental Business To The Next Level

The ALA has no annual fee.

Join now and get access to terrific landlord tools and services to make sure you rent to great tenants and profit as a landlord!

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: DO “Legal” Tenant Checks

 

Join the Alberta Landlords Association and Get Tenant Credit Checks With GARDA

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

Alberta landlords members can become members for only a one time fee

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.

What Does A GARDA Tenant Credit Check Show Me?

The results provide detailed reported including credit ratings, loans and collections outstanding. Also includes a verification of the individual identity and employment history

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

                Yes. 

2.            Does a GARDA tenant credit check assure their identity?

                Yes.

3.            Does a GARDA tenant credit check show the applicants previous addresses?

                Yes.

4.            Does a GARDA tenant credit check show debts owes?

                Yes.

5.            Does a GARDAS tenant credit check show if they have moved around a lot?

                Yes.

Tenant Credit Checks Alberta: Find Good Tenants

 

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 2014

 

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.

And in some cities it was worse as Ottawa landlords face.

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!

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