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You Can Join the Alberta Landlords Association for a Low One-Time Registration Fee and Start Running Premium Credit Checks for Only $9.95/Check To Find Great Tenants!
With the current crisis going on it’s more important than ever for landlords to carefully screen your tenants. This always includes running a credit check to make sure your potential renters have a history of paying their bills.
When you join our landlord community you get multiple tools for you to succeed during good times and bad. For over a decade the Alberta Landlords Association has been helping small landlords succeed and getting our voice heard at last.
We also want to help tenants and want to have great communication between parties and a “win win” approach. The is why we have our Pay Your Rent Campaign where we encourage tenants to cooperate with their landlord.
Make Sure A Credit Check For $9.95 Is Part Of Your Screening Process
We were the first organization to promote credit checks for small landlords in Canada. We started this over a decade ago! Our partners are very reputable and you can run a check for only less than ten dollars!
There Are Lots Of Great Tenants Out There Looking For a Great Landlord
Make sure running a credit check is part of your screening. And only for $9.95/check!
My name is Laura and I post under my name on the Alberta Landlords Forum. I’ve been active there for years to try to help other tenants and give some of my advice to help small landlords too.
These are crazy times for everyone.
And while tenants are suffering it’s also important to know your landlord might be suffering too. This pandemic is hurting everyone.
We Need To Stick Together
I used to own a house and we rented our basement out years ago and it really helped us cover our mortgage. When my husband died my children were grown so I decided to sell the house and rent.
Renting has a lot of advantages.
I don’t have to worry about any maintenance issues and my landlady has a service to cut the lawn and plow the snow. My landlord cover my utilities so she can get just one payment each month to keep things uncomplicated.
My landlady is a teacher and her husband has his own contracting company and they are terrific.
“Are You Going To Pay The Rent?”
When all this chaos started in March and the government said ‘tenants don’t have to pay rent” my landlady called me and asked me if I was going to pay the rent.
I told her “of course I will”. She was thankful and said if I needed a break just call her.
My Landlady Is Professional and Kind, And I Make Paying Rent A Priority
I’m in a pretty good situation where I don’t need to worry about buying food and my children are adults now. I know others might not be as safe as I am.
I’m going to pay the rent not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because I want to keep my excellent relationship with my landlady and know that if I don’t pay rent it could hurt her financially (and even lead to her selling this place).
Pay You Rent And If You Can’t Call Your Landlord
My landlady isn’t some big global corporation. She and her family invested and thanks to them I have a great place to stay at a great price.
Rent Strike Hits Small Landlords, Not The Corporate Landlords
-Not paying rent will just get rid of the small nice landlords who care about you.
-Not paying rent will not impact the big heartless corporations.
-The whole “rent strike” people are likely corporate landlords who want to get rid of small landlords who are their competition. At least that’s what I think.
Stay Home and Stay Safe!
I’m so happy to have a great rental with a great landlady. I feel safe and don’t ever want to move.
With Love And Wishing Everyone Stays Safe,
With The Challenges Alberta Landlords Are Facing These Days We Have Created A New Level Of Membership
Become A Success Member And Get Tools and Services To Help You Succeed All For A One-Time Fee
Several recent posts in the Alberta Landlords Private Member Forum have shocked landlords and made it clear that we face major challenges these days.
Landlords are facing big problems from midnight move-outs to tenants smoking marijuana in our units to bias against landlords at the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service.
It wasn’t long ago that we had a low vacancy rate, huge net migration into our province and lots of great tenants to choose from. It also wasn’t that long ago the the Mayor of Calgary accused us of “gouging tenants” (and ALA members had to explain we were only protecting our rental businesses at that time.)
Lease Breaking, Midnight Move-Outs And Big Damages Left Behind
In the Alberta Private Member Forum a Calgary landlord asked for help dealing with renter who gave the impression of being decent and reasonable when she moved in.
A few months later rent wasn’t paid and the landlord eventually found she had moved out and broke the lease. Not only that, but the property was damaged and a mess that would cost at least $10,000 to repair and get back to tip-top shape for re-renting.
Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service Isn’t Fair and Protects Bad Renters.
Another landlord based in Edmonton wrote about his experience at the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS). He thought it was fair and filed after his tenants didn’t pay rent and broke a fixed term lease.
He was very careful and it was clear the tenant broke the rules and the landlord expected justice. Instead he found the whole system was in favour of the tenant and they treated him like dirt.
In fact, we have had many landlords say the same thing: the RTDRS has changed and is not fair. One landlord called the RTDRS the “Bad Renter Protection Machine” and “Not a Fair System!”
Lots of Great Renters Out There, But We Need To Be Super Careful!
Landlords across the province know there are a lot of great renters out there. These are people who pay the rent on time and respect you and the rental property. They follow the rules and treat the rental like it’s their own home. When you rent to these types of tenants being a landlord is a nice and often profitable experience.
We also know that good economic times will come again so it’s vital we get through these more challenging times.
Alberta Landlord PROTECTION MEMBERSHIP
In these troubling times our ALA team put our heads together to find the best way we could help our Alberta landlord community. We’re all landlords too and we know what is needed and know we are all on a tight budget.
With all these new challenges our Alberta landlord team has come up with PROTECTION Membership to help landlords succeed.
For only an affordable one-time registration fee (no yearly fee) Alberta landlords get access to a ton of amazing tools and services that can’t be beat!
Rental Kit Library
Get all the documents you need to succeed via your own online library you can access 24/7.
Access to the Forums, Including the Private Members Forum (for verified landlords only)
Network with experienced and successful Alberta landlords and property manager to you and your rental business succeed. Only verified landlords get access to our private members forum. This means you are networking and getting help from others who ‘have skin in the game’ like you do!
Discounted Credit Checks
Get huge discounts on credit checks. We have partnered with the industry leader RENT CHECK. Unlike some other credit check companies, RENT CHECK Equfaix credit checks will protect you from potential privacy rights and human rights complaints. With over 40 years in the industry RENT CHECK is the best credit check company for landlords.
Tenant Friendly Credit Checks (With RISK SCORES from Transunion)
These are credit checks where the tenants don’t have to give you any of their personal information. Instead it all goes to TRITON who then provides it to you. It makes tenant applicants feel safe and it’s every easy to get them to pay for the credit check (and save you money!)
Times are changing and many experienced and successful Alberta landlords are making that ‘last criminal check’ on an applicant they want to rent to. And now as member you get a HUGE discount to make sure you ad your property are protected.
Get Access to one of the est rental insurance packages in Canada. Also covers student rentals. You also get a big discount as a member
Property Management Software
Get a discount on premium property management software to help you get control of your rental business.
Become a Landlord PROTECTION MEMBER and get the tools and services you need need to succeed! All for a low one-time fee that helps us cover our costs…that’s right ONE TIME FEE!
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!
October 1, 2013
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.
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.
For Only $10 Per Credit Check, Alberta Landlords Can Feel Secure In Finding Great Tenants!
What’s the key to success as a landlord in Alberta? Finding great tenants!
How Can I Find Great Tenants?
The key is to pre-screen potential renters. This way you not only can find great tenants, you can avoid the Pro’s.
Yes. You can avoid predatory tenants who will not pay rent, will damage your property, and won’t follow the law.
Do These Types of Tenants Really Exist?
Yes. Take a look at what happened to this Edmonton landlord when her tenants turned her rental property into a huge dump and then vanished.
Horrible. And What Happens If you Rent to a Pro Tenant?
Once a pro tenant gets the key and possession of your property, they have a lot of legal rights and it can be a real long haul to get them out. Take a look at what Calgary landlords who are fed up with the system have to say.
These types of pro tenants can happen anywhere, no matter where you are.
I Want to Avoid Pro Tenants!
With proper tenant screening you can do this.
How Do Credit Reports Help Landlords?
A credit report can help a landlord find out a lot of information about a potential tenant.
– IS THIS POTENTIAL TENANT REALLY WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE?
– DOES THIS POTENTIAL TENANT HAVE A HISTORY OF BEING FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE?
– CAN THIS POTENTIAL TENANT AFFORD TO RENT MY PROPERTY?
– HAS THIS POTENTIAL TENANT RIPPED ANYONE OFF?
-DO THEY HAVE ANY COLLECTION AGENCIES OR JUDGMENTS AGAINST THEM?
-HAVE THEY BEEN INVOLVED IN ANY FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY?
A credit check can answer these questions and more and take the mystery out of tenant screening.
Each report can help you answer these questions and give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
How Can I Do a Credit Check?
The Alberta Landlords Association (ALA) is proud to be a partner with one of the world’s premier financial companies, Equifax! Make sure you conduct proper screening so you can find great tenants avoid needing help to deal with the pros.
Landlords Protect Yourself From Pro Tenants and Find Great Tenants. Join the ALA and Have Equifax Become Your Partner for Success in Doing Premium Tenant Screening With Credit Checks for only $10 per Check!
October 5th, 2012
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire -09/30/11)- Equifax (NYSE: EFX – News) announced today the launch of their new online tenant screening service, Tenant Selector. Tenant Selector gives registered property management professionals the ability to screen potential renters quickly and easily and will be featured at this year’s PM Expo taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 30 to December 2.
Tenant Selector draws on Equifax’s market leading source of consumer credit information to instantly provide users with 24/7 access to a real-time recommendation on prospective tenants. No longer is it necessary to pull and review an applicant’s credit report to protect oneself against the potential threat of income loss or identity theft.
Here’s how it works: Tenant Selector is easy, fast and secure. Users simply enter the applicant’s name and other personal information into the system and Tenant Selector will do the work. Within seconds, Tenant Selector delivers an ‘accept’ or ‘decline’ recommendation based on factual information, not ‘gut feel’. Tenant Selector is a web enabled, browser based proprietary tool developed in-house by technology and solution experts at Equifax, a recognized worldwide leader in data protection and security.
Equifax invites you to visit their website (www.equifax.ca/growmybusiness) or PM Expo exhibit (Booth #2020) for a Tenant Selector demonstration and more information about how we can help professional property managers make the right tenant decisions.
About Equifax, www.equifax.com
Equifax empowers businesses and consumers with information they can trust. A global leader in information solutions, we leverage one of the largest sources of consumer and commercial data, along with advanced analytics and proprietary technology, to create customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers.
Businesses – large and small – rely on us for consumer and business credit intelligence, portfolio management, fraud detection, decisioning technology, marketing tools, and much more. We empower individual consumers to manage their personal credit information, protect their identity, and maximize their financial well-being.
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