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Alberta Landlords Speak Out: “Something Must Be Done About Midnight Move-Outs ASAP”

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Alberta landlords speak out

Landlords Speak Out and Share Their Concerns and Opinions on the Rental Industry

As part of our “Let’s Improve the Alberta Rental Industry” we have invited landlords and tenants to share their opinions on how we can make these improvements. These opinions are from individual contributors and are not the opinions of the Alberta Landlords Association. We believe by fostering communication between landlords and tenants we can improve the Alberta rental industry. Landlords and tenants can share your thoughts and opinions by emailing us at landlordtenantsolutions@groupmail.com

Renters Did a Midnight-Moveout, breaking the lease and leaving $1,200 in damages to the basement rental

Renters did a midnight move out, breaking the lease and leaving $1,200 in damages to the basement rental

There Are Too Many Renters Who View Midnight Move-Outs As An Option To Break A Lease

As landlords for over 30 years we want the “powers that be” to be aware of something we didn’t really see before so much. Over the past year and a half we have had two renters pull what is called a “midnight move out” or a “midnight run” on us. 

They still had months left on the lease and we made it crystal clear from day one we expected them to fulfill the full terms of what they agreed to sign on for. We didn’t hide anything from them. We put the lease in front of them, explained the terms, and they signed the contract.

Fair and square, right?

The way consenting adults interact with each other.

No games played.

And what makes it even worse is they were unethical and broke the contract and didn’t even try to contact us to try to work something out!

We never had this type of calculated behaviour by our renters before. Sure over the years there were a issues we had to deal with.  Sometimes renters brought in some pets.  Another situation was a the boyfriend was charged with assaulting the girlfriend. 

A couple times we had to explain that cat pee on the carpet wasn’t wear and tear and they had to pay for the cleaning or replacement of the carpets. We had some people suffer job losses and we worked with them to break the lease in a way that both sides agreed to was fair.

Just about all of the challenges we’ve had were not really calculated to rip us off, but because the renters were having their own problems or were just careless.

In all the years we never had someone lie to our faces before so matter of fact. Lie to our faces that everything was good and then the rent check bounces and we go and see the place has been abandoned.

Going inside in both cases showed how disrespectful some renters are these days. The fridge wasn’t clean and the oven was full of grease. The bathrooms were not in good shape and there was some broken drywall. In one place they left a lot of garbage around that costs us money to clean up and dump. At least have the courtesy to dump your garbage.

Give me a break!

WE ARE NOT HAPPY AND THIS NEEDS TO BE FIXED BEFORE IT GETS WORSE

The bad news is we hear from other Alberta landlords midnight move outs are becoming more common these days. A lot of hard working landlords are losing a lot of money.  You just don’t lose it in lost rent, you lose it because it costs so much time and money to fix a place up to get it rent ready again.

Right off the bat don’t expect any “legalese” from me because I’m not a lawyer or anything. I’m a small hard-working landlord with a few rentals thanks to the hard work of my Hubby and me.So we don’t have the answer to how to fix this. 

Just something needs to be done because nowadays we even see in the news how shocking it is Alberta renters see a ‘Midnight run as an easy way to break the lease and screw the landlord!

Renters Need To Understand What Landlords Go Through To Market Our Rentals

I emailed in because I want to help other landlords and educate them.

What We Learned and Maybe This Can Help Others Out There

With all the people trying to rent out their units these days we made some mistakes that we don’t usually do. Hubby and me want to share what happened to us and what we did wrong.

1. We Didn’t Do a Credit Check

This was a big mistake as we thought past bad credit experiences was important but we needed to rent out our properties and not leave them empty.  But now it does like never before. DON’T RENT TO PEOPLE WITH BAD CREDIT BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE! It’s not only the credit score, but you can see if they went bankrupt or if other people are chasing them for bad debts.

2. We Believed Their Nice Story

The people who ran from us had the best stories. It’s almost like they prepare to screw good landlords.

In our last case they had a really long 15 minute speech how they were hardworking people but their last landlords was a total bad guy who never fixed anything and they had to leave because they worried about mold. Oh, they were looking to stay for at least a couple years and probably more as the “put in roots in the community” and “when up the corporate ladder at their jobs.” LOL.

3. We Didn’t Take A Damage Deposit

Because so many landlords are urgently looking to end vacancies and fill their units we are not even demanding a security deposit. We did the same. This was stupid on our part!  With no Alberta damage deposit we get no protection.  Hindsight is 20/20 but we would have saved a lot of money waiting and not going against our usual tenant screening system.

The System Does Not Protect Alberta Landlords And It’s Getting Worse

The real problem is landlords not protected by the Alberta system these days.

It’s too easy for renters to use the system to rip us off and end up costing us some real financial losses. After many years in the industry we had two midnight move outs in a short period of time. It cost us a big chunk of our savings just to keep afloat and keep our rentals on the market for the next renters.

When the vacancy rate was really low a few years back and a few landlords were being a bit unfair the media and the politicians were all over it. Where are they now that small landlords keep getting shafted?

The powers that be must find a way to stop this because it really us good people renting out good properties. If it’s so easy to rip of a landlord now who will invest in rentals in Alberta?

Word spreads fast and people won’t just invest to commit financial suicide! Landlords are hard working people and we need to be protected from the bad people out there who can’t afford to be ripped off. The real problem is landlords are not protected by the Alberta system these days.

You won’t hear this from real estate agents or people trying to sell you “how to make big money being a landlord in Alberta” but the reality is it’s too easy for renters to use the system to rip off landlords and end up ruining us financially!

Landlord Finds Tenants Turned Her Rental Property into A Huge Dump, then Vanish!

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

July 15th, 2012

 

A Warning For Other Alberta Landlords!

What Happened?

Tenants renting from a landlord in the Gibbons area transformed her nice rental property into a huge dump!

Did they Catch the Tenants?

No. The two tenants have vanished.  And she now realizes the legal system cannot help her.

This is why the landlord is issuing a warning to other Alberta landlords.

What is her Warning?

She doesn’t want anyone else to make the same mistakes she made and face the horrible mess she now faces.

Who is Sending Out the Warning?

The Landlords name is Pat Nielsen.

What Happened?

Nielsen says she rented her home to a couple of tenants for two years.

During the first summer, Nielsen took notice the two tenants were not properly taking care of the property.

For Example?

She saw the tenants never mowed the law or cleared all the weeds growing in the yard.  She would always have to ask them to keep up the property and it would take them a long time to get around to actually doing it.

What Did She Do?

Nielsen saw history repeating itself this Spring.  Weeds were overgrowing the property and the lawn wasn’t being cut.

And?

She decided “enough was enough” with these two tenants.  She issued them an eviction notice.  She made it clear she wanted both of them gone from her property within a month.

Did the Tenants Leave After a Month?

The tenants pleaded with her for more time.  Eventually Nielsen gave in and decided to give them up to 90 days to move out.  This meant they would have to vacate by the end of July.

What Happened Next?

Earlier this week, she posted a 24 hour inspection notice after their cheques bounced.  This wasn’t the first time their cheques bounced.

Nielson says she went to the property and the tenants were gone.  They had left a mess that was out of this world.


The mess included old equipment, rotten boxes and trash outside.

Inside was even worse.

There were cat feces, empty food containers, dirt in the carpets, clothing and damages to the property.

Horrible!  What did the Landlord Do Next?

The landlord contacted the police.  The officers showed their sympathy but  told her they couldn’t do anything because she failed to complete a “Move-In Report.”  This is an inspection that is required to be done under the Alberta Residential Tenancies Act.

A Moving In and Moving Out Inspection Report?

Service Alberta’s Mike Berezowsky states that according to the Alberta Residential Tenancies Act, landlords and tenants much both complete a Move In and Move Out inspection report.

According to Berzowsky:

“If there isn’t an inspection report done when a tenant moves it, if there’s a dispute later on it makes it more difficult if there are some problems.”   He continues,  “Say, for example, the landlord wants to seek some compensation to damages to the property, well, there’s no evidence of what kind of state the property was in when the tenant moved in.”

What is Nielsen’s Warning to Other Landlords?

Nielsen confesses not getting that inspecting report done was a huge mistake.  She hopes other landlords will learn from it.

She wants all landlords to hear her message: “Please don’t make the mistake I made because this is what can happen: that you can find a tenant that can just wreck your whole place.”

It Looks Like There Should be More to Her Warning

Even if she had done the “Move In Inspection” it may not have helped her. 

As the latest Tenant from Hell in Ontario has shown, bad tenants are tricky.

In order to collect money from Tenants from Hell you must be able to find them and take them to court.

Even if you win, you may not collect a cent.  Tenants with bad credit ratings or without stable employment are nearly impossible to collect from.

So How Can a Landlord Truly Protect Themselves?

One way is by doing a credit check on a prospective tenant before handing over the key.