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Lease agreements have dual purposes. They need to be strong so if landlords to go to court, they will win the case. More importantly, the lease needs to gain the tenant’s compliance. Are you using the wrong lease agreement? Sure, the lease needs to contain a lot of legalese, but it also needs to be ….  Continue Reading

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Landlords Required to Submit New Form to speed up evictions. The Ontario Landlord Tenant Board has taken steps it says will improve access to justice for both landlords and tenants to speed up evictions. The Board has implemented a new scheduling protocol.  Effective immediately, the Board will begin scheduling L1 and L9 applications (Applications to Evict for ….  Continue Reading

Landlords: Updating Your Lease Agreement for 2017

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If it’s been a while since you last worked on updating your lease agreement, 2017 is a good time to do it. A lease agreement is there, first and foremost, to protect a landlord. But, with an onslaught of new rental regulations and the sustained popularity of some new trends, your current lease may fall ….  Continue Reading

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British Columbia landlords soon may have the option of hiring certified paralegals to handle evictions, eviction rules and other landlord-tenant legal disputes, a move that may offer significant savings in legal fees. At their December meeting, the Benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia unanimously approved in principle recommendations that could transform the eviction ….  Continue Reading

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The start of a new year is always a good time to re-evaluate your rental documents, and make sure you are maximizing the protections you have in your lease agreement. Here are some problem areas that deserve special attention, based on emerging property management trends: “No Pets” Policies Last year, a number of landlords were prosecuted ….  Continue Reading