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The Toronto Star has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario provincial government seeking more transparency from legal tribunals, including the Landlord and Tenant Board. The move comes after Star reporters say they’ve repeatedly been denied access to records in many tribunals, according to a report. The secrecy of tribunal proceedings interferes with the newspaper agency’s ability to bring important information ….  Continue Reading

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The rental vacancy rate across Canada continued to inch up this year, according to the latest Rental Market Survey released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. However, regional differences were vast, according to Anthony Passarelli, CMHC’s Senior Market Analyst. “Since last year, the supply of apartment units in the primary rental market increased more than ….  Continue Reading

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Are you lax when it comes to changing the locks at your rental properties? Many landlords are, especially in single-family rentals. But that’s a bad practice, one that can lead to injury — and income loss for landlords. In addition to changing locks, there are other best practices landlords should adopt regarding the handling of ….  Continue Reading

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An apartment rating system where landlords post a green/red or pass/fail sign in public view is one of the changes that may be included in a new rental bylaw approved two weeks ago by Toronto City Council. The bylaw is designed to strengthen the existing regulatory framework regarding the condition of rental properties. Over 200,000 ….  Continue Reading

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Noise complaints are one of the most common disputes landlords face. The nature of noise complaints tends to be perpetual; tenants often describe weeks or months of disturbance. Their biggest gripe: that their landlord does nothing to ease the suffering. The fact is noise complaints cost landlords in tenant retention, time spent managing the property, ….  Continue Reading

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A federal judge had declared that Philadelphia’s municipal utility violated landlords’ rights by placing liens on rental properties when tenants failed to pay their gas bills. The controversial practice begin several years ago, when city officials decided that liening a landlord’s property was a more cost-effective way to collect delinquent utility bills. At one point, the ….  Continue Reading

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The interest rate to accrue on security and pet deposits in 2017 in British Columbia is set at 0%. Under the Residential Tenancies Act, landlords must account to tenants for interest at a rate that is set annually. That figure is equal to 4.5% under the prime lending rate as of January 1 of that ….  Continue Reading

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Continuing complaints from local residents this month prompted Richmond, B.C. City Council to ban such rentals, that after having vowed to regulate the practice only a week earlier. The action comes as major cities, including Vancouver and Toronto, are looking into ways to deal with the affects short-term sublets are having on rental housing markets. ….  Continue Reading

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Typically, month-to-month tenancies are a default which occurs when a tenant chooses to stay on after the original lease term ends. There is nothing perilous about this process; the tenant is still bound by the terms of the original tenancy agreement. However, month-to-month tenancies present some disadvantages to landlords: 1. Vacancies may occur at a ….  Continue Reading

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Atlanta will be the top performer in the single-family rental market in 2017, that according to a new report released this week by online real estate investment management firm HomeUnion. The 2017 National Single-Family Rental Research Report ranked 31 metros on several factors, including yields, demand and market conditions. Atlanta has the right mix of supply and ….  Continue Reading