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Manitoba’s Rental Board now offers assistance to small landlords trying to resolve disputes with problem tenants.  The Independent Advisor Office provides staff from Legal Aid Manitoba to help landlords get important information and advice, file claims and get ready for hearings. The independent advisor program is now available in Winnipeg to both landlords and tenants ….  Continue Reading

Landlords: Updating Your Lease Agreement for 2017

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For tenancies beginning on or after April 30, most landlords in Ontario will need to adopt the new “standard” tenancy agreement provided by the government. It will be a mandatory tenancy agreement for Ontario. Touted as easy-to-understand, the stated intent of this new lease form is to educate tenants as to their rights and prohibit ….  Continue Reading

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Q: I have a four bedroom house with four individual tenants with a common lease.  One tenant, who has been in the house for five years, has increasingly become a nuisance to the other tenants. Can the landlord toss trouble making tenants? The lease expires May 31, 2011.  My lease agreement states she can not be ….  Continue Reading

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A lease agreement is a powerful tool, but when it comes to managing rental properties, the lease cant do it all: The lease can’t prevent tenants from paying late — at least not alone. Standard lease agreements provide a due date, along with a grace period — usually 3-5 days — before a late penalty ….  Continue Reading

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A judge in Athens, Ohio will decide whether a landlord can boot several tenants from his property for drug offenses. Did you or another landlord waive any of your rights? The tenants, who are students, paid rent for the academic quarter. Later, police allegedly discovered illegal drugs on the property. Other alleged infractions include getting a dog, ….  Continue Reading

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The rental application is a fundamental tool for landlords when it comes to finding the right tenants. But an application is only as good as the information contained in it. One way to obtain the best information — and weed out bad tenants — is for the landlord to attach a cover letter that explains ….  Continue Reading

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After a landlord lost her bid to evict a tenant she says habitually pays rent late, a dispute resolution officer tells landlord to keep better records. The case was heard after the landlord served a notice to evict for late payments.  At issue was whether the landlord could present a compelling case for eviction. The ….  Continue Reading

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While a tenant eviction may feel like the worst case scenario, losing an eviction–and owing the tenant money in the end, is even worse. Make sure you know the 5 questions to ask before you evict a tenant. Before you start down that path, ask yourself the following questions first: 1. Have you tried to ….  Continue Reading

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A landlord in Calgary fell prey to the eviction process and is out $8,000 after trying to give her tenant, a single mom, a break.  Now, the landlord is just hoping she can collect some of what she is owed from a bad eviction process. Another landlord hasn’t received a single rent payment, but now must ….  Continue Reading

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A federal district court in Los Angeles has dismissed a lawsuit brought by major property manager Aimco against online vacation hosting site Airbnb alleging Airbnb illegally interfered with lease agreements by encouraging tenant hosts that Airbnb knew were violating their leases. This landlord loses battle with Airbnb. The dismissal was based on a razor-sharp analysis ….  Continue Reading