Archive for the ‘Tenants from Hell’ Category

Post Card from Toronto: “Tenant From Hell” Costs Landlords Tens of Thousands of Dollars

Monday, May 7th, 2012

May 7th, 2012

Wasn’t There Just a ‘tenant from Hell’ story here?

We recently posted a “tenant from Hell” situation a landlord in Edmonton faced.  Read the blog post here.

Our friends in Ontario have informed us of a major story going on in Toronto.

It seems the Toronto Star had a front page story on a ‘tenant from Hell” situation in Toronto which not only told the truth about the tenant but also revealed systemic faults and injustices in the process there.

Wait, the Lefty Liberal Toronto Star wrote about this?

Yes, incredible as it seems.  Looks like things are simply so bad in Ontario even the tenant-friendly media are starting to slowly come around.

What does the Ontario Landlords Association have to say about this?

Oh, they have a lot to say.  Not only do they demand a change to the system, they issue a wake-up call to all landlords there.

Read the editorial here.

Our friends at Landlord Success also have their say here.

And isn’t this just a perfect time for our friends at Credit Check to educate a big audience!  Check it out!

Edmonton Landlord Meets Tenants From Hell

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

April 14th, 2012

An Edmonton Landlord Learned the Lesson of Doing Due Diligence

An Edmonton woman says she has learned her lesson about doing due diligence as a landlord after destructive tenants left her with a hefty repair bill.

Allison McMillan thought she had the ideal renter when she met the family with two small children and both parents had steady employment.

Reality Sets In

However, when the family was late with the rent McMillan tried to contact the family. She noticed a window was smashed and the place smelled like urine.

An Attempt at Eviction

McMillan tried to evict the family and took them to court to get the back rent, but the tenants didn’t show up at court.

The House was “Destroyed”

McMillan then found the home destroyed. She says floors and carpets were caked with dog urine and feces, furniture and garbage were left behind and walls were covered in bingo dauber ink.

“The filthiest bathroom you can imagine. The smell was incredibly overwhelming,” she told Global News, “The downstairs bathroom was where they did the most damage because they flushed rags down the toilet. And some other things that I don’t even want to mention.”

Repairs could run more than $16,000. McMillan let the family only pay half the damage deposit of $600.

Landlords can protect themselves with a detailed contract, inspections and by scrutinizing tenants carefully.

Did the Landlord do a Credit Check?

“(They can do a) credit check,” explains Mike Berezowsky of Service Alberta, “they can do an employment check to make sure that person is gainfully employed and they should also do a reference check with previous landlords if that’s possible.”

“It was me who picked these renters,” she says, “I’m the one who didn’t do proper background checks. I’m the one who should have got better background checks, but I trusted them as a family.”

What about a Secure Lease and Move-In Inspection?

She also didn’t have a rental contract or written move-in inspection.

Landlords can take a tenant to court or residential tenancy dispute resolution service to evict them or get compensation. However they have to find the tenant first. That won’t be easy for McMillan, a student who now is taking a second job to try to fix the mess left behind.