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

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

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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!

The Alberta Landlord Knowledge Vault

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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Get Real World “In the Trenches” Advice From Experienced and Successful Alberta Landlords & Property Managers

Experienced and successful Alberta landlords know there are a lot of great renters out there. For years Alberta has been a place hard-working people from across Canada want to come to.

Even with the recent economic downturn people see Alberta as the ideal place to find a job, start a business, put down roots, start a family, and invest in the future.

What Makes A Great Renter?

Long time landlords know the key to being a successful Alberta landlord is finding good renters. These are people who pay their rent on time, take care of the rental property, and respect their landlord and other renters (if it’s a multi-unit rental).

An Edmonton landlord wrote about her great tenants saying:

“They are a couple who moved here from Nova Scotia and found work. They keep the property clean, pay the rent with post-dated cheques and are just wonderful people.” 

A Calgary landlord who rents his basement wrote:

“There are still good renters out there if you have an attractive place at the right price. I rent to a younger guy who is working two jobs now and also studying at night! He says his goal is to land a good job and be a landlord himself one day!”

Be Careful Because Bad Renters Are Out There Too!

A recent story on the CBC news site is about a landlord named Jennifer Leeming who owns a rental property in Calgary. 

Jennifer did all the right things. She had a bright and spacious rental property on the market and had the best intentions to be a super landlord and rent out her beautiful rental property. It sounds so simple, right? A caring landlord with a wonderful rental property just waiting for good renters. It should be so simple…but it isn’t!

Dedicated, caring single mom landlord tried to help her renters out, and in return they destroyed her rental property

Tenants From Hell

Jennifer ended up with “Tenants from Hell” who played the system and ended up costing her huge financial losses.When the renters asked for a break this landlord tried to accommodate them and work something out. This was a big mistake as it only led to more damages to the rental unit, more non-paid rent, and bigger problems.

The new flooring was treated like an ashtray.  The renters didn’t even have the common courtesy to buy an ashtray at the dollar or go outside to smoke.

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There were many holes in the drywall all over the property. And the stair railings were ripped out making it dangerous to go up and down the stairs.

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The nicely renovated bathrooms were destroyed.

These “Tenant From Hell” caused tens of thousands of dollars in damages!

Just Follow the System, Right?

Wrong.  Look what happened.

When Jennifer started the eviction process the renters challenged her and said: “I’M NOT MOVING UNTIL YOU PROVIDE A COURT DOCUMENT! “ Unfortunately this type of rude and aggressive behaviour is common with bad tenants who are going to rip you off.

Tenants Finally Left…Then Vanished Without Paying a Cent

And when Jennifer used the RTDRS and got them out what happened? She got paid by the tenants for the amount the RTDRS ordered right? Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.

After she served the tenants, they did a midnight run and took off to Saskatchewan. They did all the damages and it will be basically impossible to ever to recover her losses from these “Tenants From Hell”.

Dealing With Alberta Tenant Challenges

When you rent to tenants you need to be aware of the system and the rules. The old saying “Knowledge is Power” really applies to being a landlord in Alberta these days.

And as Jennifer found out, just going through the system often isn’t enough and leads to huge headaches, drawn out evictions, and even bigger financial losses. 

According to landlord Jennifer:

“I feel it’s so unfair. I’ve worked my entire life to provide for my family and my child’s future and people have come along and taken that all away and that’s just so wrong”

Alberta Landlord Knowledge Vault

In order to help Alberta landlords succeed we asked experienced and successful landlords and property managers to come up with tips and strategies to help small residential landlords succeed.

Don’t Be a Victim of Bad Tenants

It’s more important than every before to learn tips and strategies to make sure your rental business is successful. The harsh reality is there are lots of bad renters out there and they can cost you thousands of dollars and months of headaches and heartaches.

Successful Alberta Landlords

There are a lot of great tenants out there. And there are also a lot of potential “Tenants From Hell”. With the Alberta Landlord Vault you can get the tips and strategies you need to succeed.

The Alberta Landlord Knowledge Vault

Alberta landlord knowledge vault

We asked some of the most experienced landlords and property managers to put together a vault of answers to help other landlords succeed.

And they came through big time – and we put their knowledge together in a professionally recorded audio CD that helps you through all the steps to running a successful and profitable rental business, in good economic times or bad.

Here are some of the issues answered in the Alberta Landlord Knowledge Vault to help you succeed as a landlord in Alberta.

What you get is a “start” to “finish” guide to becoming a successful Alberta landlord and how to deal with situations fast and effectively before they become like cancer and grow. No marketing hype, only real work “in the trenches” advice to help small landlords succeed.

Questions and discussion includes the following:

What really are the best ways to prepare my rental to attract the best renters out there looking for a place?

How can I convince the best tenants to rent from me over other landlords? How do successful landlords do this?

Do I need to get any type of special insurance for my rental to protect myself and my financial future?

What are good potential renters really looking for these days and how can I make my rental property special?

Is it a good idea to pay for a property manager or manage things myself?

I hear stories about some bad property managers out there! How do you choose the best property manager?

Is it a good idea to hire a real estate agent to rent out my property?

How do you set the best rental prices for your rental to advertise at attract premium tenants?

How do you do expert market research on your local rental market?

How do you ultimately decide how much the rent will be?

How do you pre-screen tenants to not waste time with bringing people you won’t don’t want to see the apartment?

How do experienced landlords really successfully screen tenants who want to rent from you?

How do you set times to show your rental property?

Tenants keep cancelling appointments on me and it’s driving me nuts. How do you fix this?

Do you screen everyone who is going to move in or is that not the way to do it?

Why is asking what renters are currently paying for rent important for me?

How do you avoid applicants who are just playing games and not serious?

How can I make sure the applicants say who they say they are and not playing games?

My applicants want me to explain to them! Do you tell your potential renters how you are screening them?

What’s the best way to verify if they are working or not? I want to avoid renting to scammers!

How do you go into really “in-depth” checking of their employment information and avoiding lying tenants?

How do you screen self-employed applicants to make sure they are financially sound?

How do experienced landlords screen applicants moving to Alberta from other provinces?

How important are personal references for Alberta landlords? How do you know if a reference is fishy or valid?

What do you do if the applicants refuses to give their current landlords information?

What do you do if an applicants refuses to provide their SIN number?

How do you run a credit check on a potential renter to find out the most important information?

How do you read a credit check to determine if you should rent to them or not?

What do you do if their credit history shows late payments?

What do you do if the credit check shows a lot of debt?

What do you do if there is a collection on the renter’s credit report?

What types of credit scores do experienced Alberta landlords demand?

How do you really choose the best tenants to put into your rental?

If you have two really good applicants, what is the real criteria to choose one over the other?

What do you do if the applicants have no credit history but seem like good people?

How do you avoid renting from professional tenants who will cause me to lose thousands of dollars?

How the heck do you notify the person you want to rent to?

Are there any tips or strategies when telling your applicant you will rent to them?

How do you make sure the renters are clear on the rules from day 1 to avoid future problems?

What types of leases do you use?

What’s a period tenancy?

What’s a fixed term lease?

What’s better, a periodic tenancy or a fixed term lease…and why?

What information should I include in my lease to protect myself. I’m looking for the most protection!

Does the lease have to be in writing?

Can I require proof of insurance as a condition of the lease?

Is it okay to say no pets are allowed in the lease?

Can Alberta landlords change a pet fee or not?

What happens at the end of fixed term lease?

Can I charge a security deposit? How does that work in Alberta?

Can I charge a non-refundable pet fee and also charge a security deposit?

Can I deduct money from the security deposit for carpet cleaning, painting, and other damages?

If two tenants are renting my place and one moves out do I have to return half the security deposit?

Do you do an inspection when renters move out?

What happens if the tenant doesn’t show up for the move out inspection?

What do you do if your tenants don’t pay rent?

Can I best do an eviction if the renters don’t pay rent?  I need to get this done fast!

What do you do if the tenant breaks a rule in the lease?

What types of notices are available if your renters are breaking the rules of your lease?

What are the reasons I can use to evict a renter?

If the renters are damaging my rental what can I do?

If tenants are threatening me or other tenants in the building what can I do?

My renters are playing their music super loud so what can I do?

My renters are dealing drugs what can I do? This is a very troubling situation!

The Tenants are leaving garbage all over the place so what do expert landlords do when this happens?

If the tenants refuse to leave at the end of the lease what do you do?

Can my tenants have lots of guests over at all times?

My renters want my contact information. Should I give it to them?

I don’t want to give my personal information for safety reasons but do I have to provide it to tenants?

One group of tenants is complaining other tenants are noisy so what should I do? It becoming a nightmare!

I’m selling my property so do I have to tell my renters?

The new buyer of my rental wants to keep the tenants so how do I handle this?

I live with my tenant and she is nuts and argues with me about everything so what can I do?

How do you fix problems with tenants who live in your house with you?

Can I go to the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service for problems with renters living in my house?

How to you handle renters who want to sublet?

Can I refuse a tenant who wants to sublet my rental property?

How do you reply to a renter who wants to sublet?

My tenant says he wants to assign his apartment so what can I do?

What are legal grounds to refuse a sublet or assignment as I don’t feel comfortable with it?

My tenants did some repairs and now are charging me! Do I have to pay?

The new people I rented to brought in bedbugs so what can I do?

How do you give notice if you are going into the rental to do repairs?

How do you give notice to your tenants to enter the rental property?

Can a contractor enter the rental property without the landlord being present?

My tenant said she doesn’t have to pay rent while I’m doing repairs. Is this true?

How do landlords deal with tenants who are smoking or growing marijuana?

My tenants are fighting over their shared laundry do I have to get involved?

My renters go laid off and want to break the lease so what should I do? 

How do you deal with tenant vs. tenant issues?

Do I have to give my tenants who are moving a recommendation?

My renters got laid off and want to break the lease so what can I do?

My tenants want to change the lease agreement and say I have to, is this true?

The current rent check is NSF what should I do and they didn’t move out! What can I do?

My tenants are rude and aggressive to me. I’m scared and wonder how I should deal with them?

I think I have “Tenants From Hell” and need help!  Renter trashing the unit, cops won’t help, drunk. What should I do?

Alberta Landlord Knowledge Vault – Get Help From Experienced and Successful Alberta Landlords and Property Managers

The Alberta landlord vault is designed to help landlords succeed.  Make sure you run your rental business the right way by knowing your rights and responsibilities and being ready to handle any challenges that might arise in a fast and effective manner.

Knowledge is power and by knowing how the industry works you can take control of your rental business! Get access the The Alberta Landlord Knowledge Vault in the Intermediate Services for a one time fee.

 

Alberta Landlords and Tenants Working Together For Success

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Alberta landlords Alberta Tenants Win Win Campaign

Alberta Landlords are Looking for Good Tenants. Alberta Tenants are Looking for Good Landlords and Nice Properties. Let’s Work Together and Communicate To Make a “Win Win” Situation for Everyone!

We keep reading about complicated and dramatic landlord and tenant issues in Alberta. But being a landlord or a tenant really should be simple shouldn’t it?

Let’s look at it this way. Someone invests in a product. They want to attract good clients so they make sure the product is high quality. On the other hand, there are clients out there looking for a high quality product. When they meet if they both have what the other wants, the transaction is made and both sides are happy.

This is the way it should be for Alberta rental properties. Landlords invest in a nice rental property and advertise it. Tenants are looking for a good rental, see it, and both sides meet. If both sides see what they want the landlord offers the rental unit to the tenant and they sign the lease. It sounds so simple right?

Unfortunately while it sounds simple, in reality it’s not always like that. The Alberta Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service is busy and that is because there are landlords and tenants who are in conflict, fighting each other. We also see lots of bad stories in the news about problems between landlords and tenants.

In some cases it’s good tenants who are having problems with their landlord. We have had politicians accusing landlords of gouging good tenants when the vacancy rates were low and the economy was strong.

In many other cases it’s a good landlord getting ripped off and hurt by bad tenants. For example, this Calgary landlord is out tens of thousands of dollars because the system failed her when manipulated by tenants who were unethical and out to do no good.

Alberta Has A Lot of Good Landlords

Alberta has a lot of hard working people who want to invest in rental properties here. These are people who likely rented themselves at one point and want to invest in nice properties that they themselves would have wanted to live in. Landlords are people who are investing their hard earned money back into the province because they believe in a bright future here. Alberta landlords are important stake holders and play an important role in the success of our province.

Landlords and Tenants Need To Communicate With Each Other

Many of our landlords members think the best way landlords and tenants can create a “win win” situation is for us to communicate with each other.  Not at “hearings” or in the “media”, but with some frank and friendly talk between landlords and tenants.  Let’s get to know each other better and learn what both sides are looking for these days.

We know you are our future “customers” and we want to make sure we are the “best landlords” we can be and we have the “best rental rental properties we can have”. We want to be the best Alberta landlords you have ever had! Let’s work together to make this happen!

What Do Good Alberta Tenants Want? Let Us Know

Good Alberta landlords are always looking for good paying tenants. So we want to hear from all the tenants out there. We are asking you to “help us, so we can help you.”

1. What types of things are most important for you when choosing a rental?

2. Is there anything about a rental that would be a big turn off?

3. Is there anything particular that would lead you to choose a rental over another?

4. What are the ways you find potential places to rent?

5. How important is it for the rental ad to have pictures?

6. Is there anything particular that makes a rental ad stand out to you?

7. What are you looking for in a person who will be your potential landlord?

8. Is important for you to rent from an experienced landlord?

9. What types of questions do you have for landlords to show they are professional?

10. Is there anything you would do to improve the Alberta rental industry?

Tenants can write in to us at tenantexperiences@groupmail.com and let us know your answers to these questions or about anything else to improve the Alberta rental industry. We won’t edit or censor anything and are looking for your side of things.

Alberta Landlords and Tenants Working Together For Success

Both landlords and tenants play an important role in the success of our province. Let’s work together to make things better and improve the Alberta rental industry for years to come.

Alberta Landlords Association Launches Fire Safety Campaign for 2017!

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Successful Alberta Landlords Always Make Sure Their Rental Property Is “Fire Safe” At All Times!

Alberta landlords know the importance of maintaining our rental properties. We know that to be successful you want attractive and properties that your tenants will find comfortable and want to live in.

Experienced Alberta landlords know if the place feels like ‘home’ it will attract all the good tenants out there and lead them to want to rent from you. Who doesn’t want a nice home to live in? Bright rentals with big windows, clean, nicely decorated, with great working appliances…it’s the key to success for Alberta residential landlords.

Experienced and successful landlords also know it’s important to make sure your Alberta rental property is safe and up to legal code.

To promote all residential landlords in the province to make sure their rental property is safe the Alberta Landlords Association has launched our “Alberta Landlords Fire Safety Campaign” for 2016!

We want every landlord in in Alberta to make fire safety a priority.

To help make this happen and to save lives we contacted Tina Parker. Tina is a technical adviser at Alberta Fire Services and was very helpful.

We truly thank Tina for taking the time to answer our questions. Please see our questions and her answers below:

1. What are the responsibilities of residential landlords when it comes to fire safety?

Depending on the jurisdiction in which these properties reside in, there may be different requirements or different permitting requirements. It is best to check with the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to determine what they require the landlords to complete. The AHJ is usually the local fire department or it could be the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

Here are a few examples from various areas within our province:

– http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Fire/Documents/2010-2503-CFD-building-owners-brochure.pdf

– http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Fire/Pages/Inspections-investigations-and-permitting/Inspections-investigations-and-permitting.aspx

– http://www.rmwb.ca/Municipal-Government/municipal_departments/Emergency-Services—Law-Enforcement/RES/Fire-Prevention/Fire-Safety-for-Businesses-and-Contractors.htm

– http://www.cityofgp.com/index.aspx?page=408

2. What are the rules for rental properties regarding making their property fire safe? Are there general guidelines or specific rules? Where can these be found for landlords to learn to make their rentals safe for tenants?

Often times landlords are governed more by their insurance provider to comply with codes and standards, not limited to the Alberta Fire Code.

There are Alberta Building Code and Electrical Code standards they may also need to comply with. Depending on where the rental units are in the province of Alberta, it might be best if the owners contact the local AHJ to ensure they have all the applicable permits and request an inspection of the property to ensure they meet the required code(s). Those local AHJ’s may also have a check list that would their municipalities require business owners/property owners to utilize.

Also, this website may be of assistance to you and your organization:

– http://www.programs.alberta.ca/living/Dynamic.aspx?N=770+599+609

This site provides inspection reports that may be of interest and it also has a handbook that provides you with information from Service Alberta. This handbook reviews the Residential Tenancies Act and goes over rights and responsibilities. ( http://www.servicealberta.ca/621.cfm)

3. What are the rules for landlords when it comes to smoke detectors?

2.16.2.15. Smoke Alarms

1) Smoke alarms conforming to CAN/ULC-S531, “Smoke-Alarms,” shall be installed in accordance with Subsection 9.10.19. of Division B of the ABC in each dwelling unit.

2) Smoke alarms shall be installed by permanent connections to an electrical circuit and, when acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction, the interconnection of smoke alarms can either be hard wired or wireless so that activation of one smoke alarm will cause all alarms within both dwelling units to sound. (See Appendix A.)

3) Smoke alarms shall be installed in areas that are common to both dwelling units and connected in conformance with Sentence (2).

Please note these wordings are taken from the most current code. Depending on when the property was built/permits issued, they may need older code wordings.

4. What are the rules for landlords when it comes to carbon monoxide detectors?

2.16.2.16. Carbon Monoxide Alarms

1) Carbon monoxide alarms conforming to CSA 6.19, “Residential Carbon
Monoxide Alarming Devices,” shall be installed in accordance with Sentence
9.32.3.9.(2) of Division B of the ABC in the primary and secondary dwelling units.

2) Carbon monoxide alarms shall be installed by permanent connections to an
electrical circuit and interconnected so that the activation of one carbon monoxide alarm will cause all alarms within both dwelling units to sound. (See Appendix A.)

3) Carbon monoxide alarms shall be installed in areas that are common to both
dwelling units and connected in conformance with Sentence (2).

2.16.2.17. Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Smoke Alarms and Carbon
Monoxide Alarms

1) Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms required by this Section shall be
inspected, tested and maintained in conformance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Appendix A

A-2.16.2.16.(2) The interconnection of carbon monoxide alarms may be hard wired or wireless. Secondary suites that have been upgraded in accordance with the AFC 2014 are permitted to install plug-in or battery-powered carbon monoxide alarms if such installation is deemed appropriate by the authority having jurisdiction.

5. Regarding enforcement of the laws, what type of fines can landlords face if they are not following the laws?

Please visit Service Alberta web page and the Safety Codes Council web page.

– http://www.safetycodes.ab.ca/Public/Pages/CodesPermits.aspx

– http://www.servicealberta.ca/621.cfm

Also, the Safety Codes Act lays out Penalties for Offences (Prohibitions – Offences 67(1)).

– http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Acts/S01.pdf

6. What can tenants do if they worry their rental home isn’t fire safe?

They can contact the local AHJ and the Landlord and Tenants Council for their areas. Please see Service Alberta website.

7. What happens if a tenant disables a smoke detector? Can they be fined?

It depends on the circumstances around this. Fines may or may not be done; depends on the AHJ and the circumstances around the event(s).

8. Are there any great resources you recommend for residential landlords to learn more about their responsibilities when it comes to fire safety?

Having a good working relationship with the local AHJ and reviewing the web pages that have been provided to you. Also contacting their local Landlord and Tenants Council for clarity.

9. Are there any sites where tenants can learn about their rights and responsibilities when it comes to fire safety.

See above responses.

10. How can small private residential landlords go the extra mile to make their rental property ultra safe for their tenants.

Engaging with the local AHJ’s and also with the tenants on what is required and what is expected.

There are a lot of resources available for both tenants and landlords and we encourage both parties to review and engage in those resources.

Alberta landlords make fire safety a priority in 2015! If you have questions contact your local Fire Department and the provincial Fire Services Department who will be happy to assist you improve your rental property!

Alberta Landlords Association Launches Our ‘Landlords Making A Difference In Our Communities Campaign 2017’

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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With “Rent Control”, “Reduced Security Deposits” and Other Issues Being Discussed It’s Important To Appreciate All the Good Landlords Who Provide High Quality, Affordable Rentals In Our Province

Successful Alberta landlords know the importance of maintaining our rental properties. We know that to be successful you need attractive and affordable properties that your tenants will find comfortable and want to live in. 

Good tenants tend to stay a lot longer when a property is nice, well-maintained and priced right.

Successful Alberta landlords also know it’s important for a landlord to be professional. This means knowing the rules and laws, following the rules and laws, and cooperating with tenants for a “win-win” situation.  We make tenant screening a priority to find good tenants, and make sure tenants know we are good landlords with great rental properties looking for a win-win business relationship.

Our community of hard-working and professional small landlords across the province know that good landlords can make a difference in our communities and we are working hard to improve the rental industry in Alberta.

Small Residential Alberta Landlords Play An Important Role and Are Important Stake-Holders

Alberta landlords have invested in our province and are important stake-holders. Because we believe in the success of Alberta we have invested our hard earned money here. 

We create great rental properties which in turn improves our communities.  We create welcoming homes for others coming to Alberta who also believe in the successful future of our province.

Great People Make Great Landlords

Many members of our community have careers.  They work hard in their jobs and play important roles in our cities and towns.  They volunteer in things such as soccer and hockey programs and play active roles in our charities. They are also great landlords! 

It’s important to remember that a large portion of landlords in our province are not faceless, soulless corporations.  Many of our best rental properties are provided by independent business people.

Small residential landlords also play an important role in our local economy. 

We spend a lot to maintain our properties.  We hire plumbers, painters, electricians and plumbers. We go to our local stores to buy doors, windows, drywall and other things we need to maintain our properties.  We buy curtains, blinds, and expensive appliances to make our renters happy.

It’s important to realize it’s essential to create rules that encourage terrific housing providers invested in the rental industry to continue to do so. Some people are already leaving the industry.

It wasn’t that long ago when we didn’t have enough rental properties in our market. If current landlords decide to leave the industry and we discourage new landlords to invest we are setting ourselves up for problems when things pick up again (and it will pick up).

Challenges For Alberta Landlords

Residential landlords faced a lot of challenges the past year and face challenges in 2017.

First of all, the economy is undergoing a difficult time and it’s had a large impact on everyone. Non-landlords need to realize that landlords are not immune to these economic challenges. 

Small landlords face the problem of vacancies as it’s becoming harder to find qualified tenants.  An Edmonton landlord recently wrote it took her three months to find tenants.  That means three months of no income from her rental property.

Rents are also dropping in some areas.  A Calgary landlord wrote in our Members Forum that she negotiated with potential renters and ended up dropping the rent and including a lot of costly incentives.  She ended up having to max out her credit card just to fill her rental property.

Add in the fact that some of the larger property management companies can afford to offer lots of incentives to renters such a huge rent discounts and even big screen tvs and groceries and you can see the challenges small landlords face.

Even when the economy was booming small landlords had challenges.  Now with current economic and market conditions it’s even tougher.

Small Landlords Are Important And Let’s All Work Together For a Healthy Rental Industry

We believe in Alberta and continue to invest here.  However, it’s important for people to realize the challenges we face and our importance as stake-holders in our communities. Now is not the time for things such as “rent control” (which we discussed a few years ago) and “diminished security deposits.”

Alberta Landlords Are Important Stake-Holders In Our Province. We Provide an Important Service and A Key Role In Our Communities

In these challenging times we all need to work together to make our rental industry and our province stronger than ever.  This means all stake-holders need to cooperate and map out a fair and smart strategy together. This also means making sure everyone understands the pressures small landlords face and how valuable we are.

By all of us coming together, and working together, we can make positive, important changes to help good landlords and good tenants.  We believe the best is yet to come for Alberta landlords and all the great tenants in our province.

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

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

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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!

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

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

 

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!

Tenant Screening Alberta: Tenant Credit Checks & Tenant Criminal Checks

Friday, November 1st, 2013

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 Mayor Nenshi on the Calgary Rental Market “Let’s Encourage Landlords To Rent Out Secondary Suites”

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

April 1st, 2013

Mayor Nenshi Calgary rental market secondary suites

The Mayor of Calgary Wants To Help Renters Which Includes More Landlords and More Secondary Suites

Vacancy rates in Calgary at 1.3%, which is ten year low for the city. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Mayor of Calgary who says he and city council have their eyes on the challenge of having a strong rental market and also having affordable housing.
In an interview with CBC news, he admitted the government has “limited powers”  because of market forces. However, there are things that can be done to deal with the shortage of affordable housing in the city.
According to the mayor, there are threes levels to make change. These are:
1. Make sure there is rental housing on the market
2. Assist non-profit organizations provide subsidized affordable housing
3. Create government housing for people who are very difficult to house
Creating More Landlords and More Rentals in the Market-place
Nenshi made it clear his priority is point number one.
The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Calgary is $1113/month.Calgary is seeing higher rents, lower vacancies and new buyers.
The way to increase the supply of rental housing is to encourage people to rent their basements out by reforming
The plan to increase the number of registered secondary suites — apartments found in existing homes, typically in basements — has met with considerable resistance since the Mayor first proposed the idea. But this time, he says he thinks he can get it done.
Hasn’t He Been Saying This For Years?
The mayor used a football analogy. He said that in previous attempts to change the policies on secondary suites were like trying to score a ‘touchdown’. This time he will use a different strategy of going for first down yards “to move the ball down the field.”
 
Nenshi wants to introduce a new bylaw to oversee the creation of more secondary suites in the couple of meetings of City Council. He believes there are at least 50,000 units of ‘illegal’ secondary housing in the city now. He wants to create paths to legalize them. He also wants to lobby the federal government to encourage new rental housing using tax credits.
Nenshi admits his plan to have more legal secondary suites in Calgary has some strong opponents. However, he believes he can get it done.

To listen to the mayor click here.

We are happy to have a mayor who understands that creating conditions for more investment in rentals is a great policy tool. Unlike provinces such as Ontario that seems to want to force landlords to do what the government wants (and ends up failing miserably), Nenshi is taking a smart and realistic approach.

 

To discuss this and other issues facing Alberta landlords go to our Landlord Forum and network with thousands of other landlords across the province and across Canada.

Tenants not surprised landlord fined for Health and Safety Act violations

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

July 2011

A Calgary landlord is being fined a record $207,000 under the Public Health Act.  The government stated this is due to numerous health and safety violation at several of their rental properties.

One of the lanldord’s tenants says the record fine handed to this Calgary landlord and his spouse “will be a drop in the bucket for the pair.” 

The Calgary Herald story explains how Wendy Boccinfuso has been living in a two-bedroom house on Edmonton Trail since October. The property is owned by Albert Kwok Kwong Wong, who was ordered to pay a record $207,000 fine under the Public Health Act for numerous health and safety violations at six other rental properties.

Jacky Augustin, 28, has been living below Boccinfuso in a one-bedroom basement suite for about a year. He said there’s black mould everywhere and he had to battle Wong to repair a leak coming from upstairs.

“The roof collapsed in the washroom because there was too much water,” explained Augustin. “It took him two months to fix it.”

Both Boccinfuso and Augustin are in the market looking for other places to live.  Both are clear they won’t rent from Wong again.

“I hope this is a wake up call for landlords and a wake up call for renters to stand up for themselves because we have rights,” explains Boccinfuso. “If you want a good tenant, you need to be a good landlord.”

The Landlord Albert Wong refused to comment on the situation.

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