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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

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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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Canmore renters must pay in $19,000 in damages after dog pee destroys carpet

Sunday, November 14th, 2010
Calgary Herald November 3, 2010

Not even the surprise attendance of a harmless-looking Yorkshire terrier could persuade a judge to exercise leniency on Tuesday in Canmore small claims court.

Provincial court Judge Les Grieve stood his ground when a former tenant pulled the male pooch, named Boo, from inside his coat and tried to claim innocence regarding his landlords’ badly soiled carpet. The proof, according to the evidence, had already trickled into the rug.

Grieve then awarded Cochrane landlords Bonnie White and Bryan Niles $19,182 in damages — more than half of it to replace the damaged carpet caused by the former tenants’ dogs repeatedly peeing on it. The carpet, he concluded, was so ruined that it had to be replaced.

Grieve ordered Sylvia Wilson, Lori Hersey and Michael Hersey to fork over $10,000 for the carpet, $1,800 for one month unpaid rent last April, $5,400 for another three months lost rent while the GlenEagles house was uninhabitable, and carpet cleaning costs and other repairs.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Canmore+renters+must+damages+after+destroys+carpet/3768690/story.html#Comments#ixzz15JkVdVLv