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Alberta Landlords Are Facing Challenges In 2021…But Also Opportunities!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

Alberta Landlords have had a very challenging 2020

With the Covid pandemic many tenants couldn’t (or just didn’t) pay rent and this led to financial stress on many of us. Despite some help from the province, many did not collect full rent and others faced late rent regularly.

Rent Increase

Unlike other provinces such as Ontario and BC, Alberta landlords can still raise the rent in 2021.

Small Alberta landlords know how our costs are rising and how important it is to increase the rent to try to cover your costs.

 

Opportunities in 2021

Experienced and successful Alberta landlords know there will also be opportunities in 2021.

When the economy gets stronger there will be more people coming to our province to work. These more qualified tenants will be on the way and looking for great rentals.

Students will also be returning. This will lead to a very strong rebound in the student rental sector.

Tenant Screening

Make sure you continue to screen your potential renters carefully. This should include references, employment proof and a credit check.

You can join the Alberta Landlords Association and begin running credit checks for under $10/check.

Alberta Landlords Face Challenges And Opportunities in 2021

Make sure you take advantage of the opportunities and make sure you screen all potential tenants with a credit check.

I Paid My Landlord And It Was The Right Thing To Do

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

When our premier announced that tenants do not have to pay rent during this horrible crisis tenants face I immediately felt better.

It was nice to know Premier Ford understood what I was dreading and said there will be “NO EVICTIONS” until the crisis is over. With businesses closed and workers being laid off, how could we pay the rent for the next six months or more?

I saw on FB and on signs in my area that many Tenants in financial trouble were saying we didn’t have to pay rent at all.  The reason is because we can’t be evicted we didn’t have to pay rent.

So If You Don’t Pay Rent Nothing Happens?

This sounded almost too good to be true. I didn’t have to pay any rent for the next few months or more…maybe up to year.

The premier also said tenants should only “pay what you can” and not make paying rent a priority.

So he basically was saying, make up your budget and put rent last.

I Have A Great Relationship With My Landlord

Since moving in a couple years ago I’m very happy here in my Home. The landlords are nice people who gave me a very low rent to begin with because I’m a working woman who is rarely at home with great credit so they thought I was their tenant.

Ideal Tenant (Working woman, not home much, great credit) Gets Discount

They gave me 20% of market rent right off the bat because they praised me as being the type of person landlords want to rent to. This made me very happy to hear and they gave me the discount on what they were advertising because I said I was going to be renting for at least a few years while I built up my savings.

I Could Pay No Rent, But I Worked Out A Rebate Plan 

Since I have such a good relationship with my landlords (they love me, I’m never home and never late paying) I learned a lot.

Most landlords are not independently wealthy and cannot afford to pay the mortgage out of their own pocket. They need rent every month just to survive.

I Paid Rent…But Only % That Was Fair To Both Sides

I made my own budget and made sure my most important expenses were on top of the list and the rent was at the bottom (but still there, as it’s only fair to my landlord).

I calculated my decreased salary due to less hours minus my main expenses for survival during this crisis. Most important expenses:

-Stocking up on food and moisturizers just in case

-Buying food for fresh daily eating

-Costs of ordering Take-Out and the extra costs for UberEats, etc.

-Costs of feeding my cat and ordering her food.

-Ordering clothes I will need if I’m stuck in my Home for a long time. Fresh panties are always refreshing. A girl in a cage needs fashion too!

-Saving for masks and potential medicines.

-Entertainment such as renewing my Netflix, CBS, and Amazon Prime accounts.

I Paid Rent…And Helped My Landlord Stay In Business

After all my budget expenses I ended up paying my landlord 40% of the usual amount.

My landlord was happy to get the rent without any issues and with no haggling.

They appreciated me even paying and I’m happy I did the right thing to help them would I could have paid $1 if I was the evil, nasty type of bitch.

Work With Your Landlord Like I Did

I could have just said I didn’t have the money but I know my landord who are a nice couple so I decided to work with them like the Premier said.

40% Paid, 60% Discount Due To My Struggles

I paid 40% of the rent for April and will pay that same amount as long as the pandemic continues.

If you have a good small landlord consider paying them at least a little bit because they are in need of rent for their families.

Let’s work together and at least pay your landlord a little bit to keep them also surviving…but don’t pay them the full amount because you need to spend your money on your needs first!

Amazing Alberta Landlords & Terrific Tenants Working Together To Improve Our Rental Community

Friday, January 5th, 2018

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We Invite Good Alberta Tenants To Cooperate With Us To Help Both Tenants and Landlords Succeed in 2018!

There are a lot of amazing landlords in Alberta. We’re not talking about all the big huge corporate rentals run by faceless corporations. We’re talking about small family landlords. People who rent their basement out. Or have an investment property or two (sometimes three or four due to their savings and hard work!)

Small landlords are terrific to rent from (much better than the average corporate building!)

Many of us have been renters in the past and know how important it is to find a nice place to live, work, and raise a family while you save up for your own down-payment to buy a place. This is why many of us have such a hard time dealing with renters who rip us off.

Good landlords are looking for good tenants

Experienced and successful Alberta landlords know it’s important to find good tenants.  And we will take of you. When you need something fixed, we fix it. When you need someone to talk to about the property, we’re all ears. And we don’t expect much in return: just pay the rent and be considerate of us and the property we you are borrowing from us for a specific period of time.

And Edmonton landlord wrote to us early this year:

“My renters moved in last February and let me know over the holiday they want to sign for another one year fixed term lease. When I went over there to re-sign I also asked them if everything needed to be changed and after some ums and ahs the lady mentioned the toilet was old and easily clogged. I told them as part of the new lease signing I would change the toilet to one of those modern, high efficiency ones. She was happy and it really can be great being a landlord!”

A Calgary landlord wrote in our ALA forum:

With the economy tough for us it’s also tough for tenants who don’t have all the high paying jobs available like before. Landlords need to make sure it’s a win-win situation for both us and our tenants.

We Want Good Alberta Tenants To Cooperate With Us For A Win-Win Situation

Let’s be realistic. Good landlords are looking to rent to good tenants and good tenants want to rent from good landlords. So let’s work together. We are inviting good Alberta tenants to join us in the following capacities:

1. Share Your Stories and Opinions With Us

By sharing your experiences and ideas you can help other tenants, landlords and educate people and play a role in improving the Alberta rental industry.

2. Become A Tenant Community Leader for the Alberta Tenant Forum

We are looking for 10 experienced Alberta tenants to help run our Tenant forum and make it as helpful as possible for other Alberta tenants to learn from.  As Tenant Community Leader who will be able to invite other verified tenants to join our forum to help educate the community.

3. Provide Us With Your Ideas for Policy Changes

Do you think some things need to change? Share your policy ideas with us.

Alberta Landlords and Tenants in our Alberta Rental Community

Let’s work together in 2018 for our mutual success. Let’s improve the rental industry and play a role in forming new policies. We invite tenants to join our community. If you are interested please email us at tenantexperiences@groupmail.com by January 12, 2018. Make sure you let us know about you and your renting experience and how you want to help (please note only those accepted with receive a reply).

Update on January 15, 2018

Thank you for the overwhelming response of Tenants across Alberta! We now have filled the available positions for Alberta Tenant Community leaders. Keep watching for our next recruitment drive!

Alberta Landlords – Get Leases, Applications and More in our Rental Kit!

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

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Now Alberta Landlords Can Get All the Leases, Applications and Other Documents You need in our Rental Kit!

Whether you are a first time landlord planning to self-manage your first investment property or a seasoned pro who wants to protect yourself.

Whether you are a based in busy downtown Calgary, in Edmonton, Lethbridge or your property is far away from any urban centre.

Being a landlord in Alberta is getting more complicated by the year and you need proper tools to succeed.

We spoke a couple of weeks ago about how members of the Alberta Landlords Association can get premium credit checks with Equifax for only $10/check.

Now we will introduce you to the Alberta Landlords Association Rental Kit.

As we grow and more people come to Alberta for work and a better quality of life, it’s great for landlords because it means more renters. However, with the influx of lots of great people, there are also some tenants who will cause you grief. These tenants will break leases, leave you with a big clean up bill or worse.

It’s important you use proper documents and services to protect yourself in case things go wrong.  Landlords who use professional documents will make sure ‘Tenants from Hell’ know they are dealing with an experienced and professional landlord.

Become and ALA member and get access to online documents you can download 24/7! 

Documents include:

1. Leases

2. Applications

3. Pet Rules

4. Condition Reports

5. Notice of Entry

…and much more.  Everything is designed in compliance with the Alberta Residential Tenancies Act.

 

Be a landlord aiming for success yet prepared for anything. Use proper leases, applications and more and find great tenants and make your rental business a huge success! Become a member of of the Alberta Landlords Association for only a one time fee and all the documents you will ever need.

 

Calgary Landlord Finds Dynamite in His Vacated Rental Property?

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

June 22, 2012

Being a Landlord Can Be Dyn-o-mite!

Police are lauding a Calgary landlord who called 911 after he found what looked to be a bucket full of…dynamite.

What’s the story behind this?

The landlord was cleaning the vacant Penbrooke home.  He saw a pail which was filled with what the landlord thought were several sticks of dynamite.

What happened?

As soon as they received his call, Calgary police cleared the area and sent in their tactical unit and bomb technicians to deal with what could have been a very dangerous situation.

Neighbour Ted Vizlai said because of the police block off, it was difficult for his son to get home.  According to Vizlai:

“My son came home and says there’s something going on – the neighbourhood was blocked off.”

It’s good the police took this potential danger seriously!

The Calgary police were diliegent and took no chances.  Officers informed residents of nearby properties to go to their basements for shelter.

Taking no chances, officers told the residents of ten nearby homes to take shelter in their basements while they investigated.

Did the police diffuse the dynamite?

Fortunately, what was in the pail turned out to only be road flares.  The incident was resolved in less than an hour.  It was a very nice job done by our City police force.