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Canada’s federal government is poised to legalize recreational marijuana, which has landlords there wondering how the move will affect them. While the measure still must pass more legislative hurdles, many are predicting that marijuana will become legal by July, 2018. While the marijuana bill is creating a big sensation, it is woefully short on details. ….  Continue Reading

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Toronto landlords face more stringent rental rules and a litany of requirements after City Council passed a new landlord bylaw last month. The law is slated to take effect July 1, and impacts hundreds of thousands of units. It applies to apartment buildings with three or more floors and 10 or more units. Co-operative housing ….  Continue Reading

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The National Pest Management Association’s “Bug Barometer” is indicating a buggy spring and summer for most areas of the country. According to NPMA, exceptionally milder winter temperatures, along with periods of heavy precipitation or moisture in most areas soon will be forcing bugs indoors. Expect an early onslaught of ants in California and the Midwest, ….  Continue Reading

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A landlord in Montreal is speaking out after he was fined over $1,200 because his tenant sublet an apartment on Airbnb contrary to condo board rules. The landlord says he had no knowledge of the tenant’s actions and that the tenant was already in place when the landlord purchased the condo, according to a news report. ….  Continue Reading

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Did you know that the way your marketing rental property has everything to do with the quality of rental applicants? Effective marketing can save time and money, reduce vacancy, and prevent tenant screening mistakes. Turn Down the VolumeThe secret to effectively marketing a vacancy is keeping the numbers low. One qualified renter is better than two unqualified ….  Continue Reading

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Rental Property tours may seem routine, and not all landlords view them as part of the tenant screening process. Rental Property tours present an opportunity to vet rental applicants and to set the stage for a successful tenancy. Safety FirstOne of the most important steps in both tenant screening and property tours is verifying the identity of the ….  Continue Reading

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New York’s City Council is considering a proposal that would require landlords within the city to inspect for and correct conditions that create indoor allergens. According to a statement released by The Coalition for Asthma-Free Housing, 48 of 51 council members currently sponsor the bill. The measure also has the support of area doctors. If ….  Continue Reading

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Ontario’s annual rent increase guideline for 2018 is set at 1.8 per cent. That figure represents the maximum a landlord can raise a tenant’s rent without first seeking approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board. It applies to rent increases for the calendar year 2018. Ontario recently passed the Rental Fairness Act, 2017, which expanded ….  Continue Reading

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A lease agreement can set out the rights and responsibilities of the landlord and tenant, including who makes rental property repairs. However, landlords should understand that passing the responsibility onto the tenant has its risks: A landlord has a legal duty to keep the premises habitable. That generally means heating, plumbing, electrical, roof and flooring ….  Continue Reading

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A landlord in Berkeley, California is facing a wrongful death lawsuit after two tenants died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a rental home. While it is clear that the tenants and their two cats died from carbon monoxide, the utility company failed to locate the source of the leak. The property remained vacant while further ….  Continue Reading