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When it comes to roommate rentals, landlord tenant law is as confusing for roommates as it is for landlords. That was evident in a recent eviction in British Columbia, a case that highlights how complicated the law can be when it comes to co-tenants. In that case, three tenants entered into a written lease agreement ….  Continue Reading

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Q: We have a tenant who is a hoarder.  Over the years, it is getting worse. What are my rights as a landlord?– TVS Landlord Hoarding–collecting excessive numbers of pets or possessions, is largely viewed as a mental illness related to obsessive compulsive disorder, according to the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Do you have to deal with a ….  Continue Reading

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Ontario Landlords now may be able to access previous eviction records, which could greatly enhance their ability to screen rental applicants and avoid income loss from chronically bad tenants. The move comes after a court order which requires the social tribunals in Ontario — including the Landlord and Tenant Board — to provide greater transparency ….  Continue Reading

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A landlord penalized in New York has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine after a complaint that he provided tenants with a lease agreement that contained illegal provisions. According to the state’s attorney general, the landlord’s lease included provisions that: Denied tenants the right to raise a defense to eviction;Contradicted existing rental laws and claimed ….  Continue Reading

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Each time a landlord faces a problem tenant, the thought of eviction looms in the background. It is important to develop a profit-friendly eviction strategy. But the question the landlord first needs to mull is “Can I evict this tenant?” It’s at this point where it’s easy to make a costly mistake — by threatening or ….  Continue Reading

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There is a common saying among property managers and landlords: it’s much easier to allow tenants in than it is to get problem tenants out. That’s a mantra Los Angeles property manager Adam Bray-Ali knows all too well. In L.A., rent control laws severely restrict a landlord’s ability to evict tenants, even those who commit crimes. While ….  Continue Reading

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Landlords who want tenants to follow the rules and properly care for a rental property are well-advised to conduct new tenant orientations. Here are some tips to make the most of an orientation: 1. Create a list of topics to cover. Some basic requirements include emergency procedures like what to do if… and how to shut ….  Continue Reading

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Q: What do you do when a tenant lives at your property for 5 years, no late payments and then all of sudden they get laid off work? Do you evict them right away? – TVS Landlord – Should Landlord Evict Recently Unemployed Tenant? There is no doubt that the eviction process takes a toll on landlords. ….  Continue Reading

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It’s 9:00 a.m. and Paralegal April Stewart, a/k/a “The Terminator” is representing a landlord at an eviction hearing before the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board. Just another work day for this staunch advocate of landlords’ rights and owner of Landlord Legal. But there’s one thing that stands out here. The opponent sitting across the table ….  Continue Reading

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The mailbox rule — a complicated law that says dropping something in the mail means it is deemed delivered, has plagued legal scholars and lawmakers for decades. The rule has been applied to real estate transactions,  insurance contracts, and even to IRS papers. This rule can cause problems for landlords, too, especially when it comes to eviction notices. ….  Continue Reading