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Scarborough Landlords Warning – the “Tenant From Hell”

August 2nd, 2015 · Latest News, Scarborough landlords, Tenant Credit Checks

 Scarborough Landlords Warning  the Tenant From Hell

Scarborough landlords be on the look-out as the “Tenant From Hell” is ripping off a landlord who owns a rental property in Scarborough. Make sure you run tenant credit checks before renting to anyone!

Experienced Scarborough landlords know the importance of screening your tenants carefully before renting to them.

However, few of us have ever really dealt with a “Tenant From Hell”.

Most tenants in Scarborough are decent people and many landlords focus on the profitable enterprise of renting to students at the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto.

Tenants From Hell

We have heard about “Tenants From Hell” and even read about them at the Ontario Landlords Association forum.

We know they are out there.

These are tenants who will lie to you to get you to rent to them.

Once they are in your rental property they will stop paying rent and continue to make maintenance claims.

They won’t tell you about their problems.

Instead, they will call the City by-laws department and take you to the Landlord and Tenant Board to get away without paying you the rent they owe you and to get rent abatements and to get fines against you.

Tenants From Hell In Scarborough

This makes the recent report from the Toronto Star even more shocking.

Many landlords have heard about tenants like Nina Willis.

These are tenants who seek out small landlords with properties that need some repairs.

This type of tenant will meet you and be well-dressed and have a great story to tell you to convince you to rent to them.

They seem like “Tenants From Heaven” and even promise to do some of the minor repairs themselves.

They promise to treat your investment property like it is their own: they will take care of it and fix it to be comfortable for them as they promise to be long term tenants (who pay the rent on time).

Tenant From Hell Hasn’t Paid Scarborough Landlord For Months!

According to the Toronto Star, the “Tenant From Hell” rented from a Scarborough landlord and has made the landlords’ life a living hell.

How has the Tenant From Hell made her Scarborough landlords life a living hell?

Here is what The Star says:

1. She hasn’t paid rent in months

2. All the “little problems” she said she would fix…she reported to the Bylaw Department

3. Landlord Gets the Eviction and She Appeals It to Delay the Eviction

Scarborough Landlords Avoid Bad Tenants With Tenant Credit Checks

Bad tenants are tricky.

They always dress well, have a great story and work hard to become your ‘friend’ to get you to rent to them.

They often have fake references.

Their only goal is to get moved in and then start using the unfair Ontario Landlord and Tenant system to cheat you out of thousands of dollars and live rent free.

How Can I Protect My Ontario Rental Property?

The key is to do a credit check.

Even Alberta landlords are now doing credit checks to make sure they rent to great tenants, and they have the fairest rules in Canada!

And BC landlords are also now focusing on credit checks to verify tenants.

You can get more information from the new Ontario Landlord Credit Check site.

How Can I Run A Credit Check On My Tenant?

Join the Ontario Landlords Association for a one-time registration fee and start doing premium credit checks for only $10/check!

Scarborough Landlords – Avoid Bad Tenants From Hell by Joining the Ontario Landlords Association For Only a One Time Fee and Doing Tenant Credit Checks for Only $10 / check.

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The Toronto Star Recommends Ontario Landlords Association Membership

January 25th, 2015 · Latest News, Ontario Landlords Association Membership

 Toronto Star Recommends Ontario Landlords Association Membership

Toronto Star – Join a group such as the Ontario Landlords Association where after becoming a member, you can do a credit check for as low as $10, and use their supporting materials to assist you

Scarborough landlords know the importance of keeping up to date on things that are impacting the rental industry.

This past summer the Toronto Star has had some amazing reports on how bad tenants can manipulate the Landlord and Tenant Board. This can end up costing landlords thousands of dollars in lost rent, clean up costs and even for needed repairs of damages tenants made!

#1 The Tenant from Hell

We wrote about this earlier in the summer.

It’s about a tenant who knows how to play the Ontario system and has ripped off lots of landlords.

She likes to target small landlords because they rarely run tenant credit checks and she has a well rehearsed story to trick you into renting to her.

Then she moves in and the rent isn’t paid and a barrage of constant complaints begin.

#2 Bad Tenant Admits He Should Have a Big Red Flag

This is the story of a tenant who is now going to jail! He tricked small landlord by writing bad cheques and even faking his tenant credit report!

#3 How Can Ontario Landlords Avoid Bad Renting to Bad Tenants?

This was a terrific story to try to help small landlords avoid renting to the ‘professional tenants’ out there.

Some of the tips include checking social media and making you talk to multiple former landlords.

The most important advice was to run tenant credit checks.

The Toronto Star wrote you should “join a group such as the Ontario Landlords Association where after becoming a member, you can do a credit check for as low as $10, and use their supporting materials to assist you.”

Ontario Landlords Association Membership

A tenant credit check can help you avoid ‘professional tenants’ and find some of the great tenants out there who want to rent from you.

How Much Is The Ontario Landlords Association Membership Fee?

It’s only a one time registration fee. That’s right, no annual fee!

And once you are registered you can begin running premium credit checks for only $10 per check and use their supporting documents to help you find great tenants!

Avoid Professional Tenants

Running credit checks on your potential tenants can help you avoid bad tenants and find great ones.

Even Alberta landlords and landlords in BC are running tenant credit checks, and they can charge damage deposits (Ontario landlords can’t!)

Ontario Landlords Association Membership – It’s a great deal and designed to help small landlords succeed!

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Scarborough Landlords: Top Tips for Renting To Students in Ontario

March 12th, 2014 · Rent to Students in Ontario, Scarborough student landlords, Uncategorized

 Scarborough landlords tips for renting to students

The University of Toronto Gives Advice To Become a Successful Student Landlord in Ontario!

Many landlords are interested in renting to students.

After all, a trip to the Scarborough Landlord and Tenant Board shows you most of the cases involve landlords and non-student tenants.

And we’ve seen so many stories about bad tenants who take advantage of the system and end up costing residential landlords thousands of dollars.

This includes the case of a Scarborough landlord and her mom asking “what are my landlord rights?

So how can you become a successful landlord in Scarborough renting out to students?

The Ontario Landlords Association has a terrific interview with Jennifer Radley called “Renting to Students in Ontario

She is the Housing Services Manager for the University of Toronto and she provides ten tips to help landlords succeed.

Top Tips To Be A Successful Scarborough Student Landlord

We will start with the first five questions and the answers provided.

1.  What types of things are students looking for in a rental property?

University of Toronto:

-Close to the campus or close to easy transportation to the school

-Rent should include utilities

-The property should be safe and well-maintained and bright.

2:  According to students, what makes a landlord good?

University of Toronto:

Students are looking for landlords who know and follow the law, offer reasonable prices, and do repairs.

3.  I’m sure you hear complaints about landlords.  What type of complaints?

University of Toronto:

First, students most often complain about landlords who don’t make repairs or take too long to make repairs.

Second, students complain if their landlords don’t fix things like appliances and issues with toilets and sinks.

4.  Sometimes students won’t get along with each other. Should landlords get involved?

University of Toronto:

Landlords should understand the Ontario Residential Tenancy Act and get help on knowing what to do from the LTB.

5.  How can a student landlord make their property attractive to student renters?

University of Toronto:

Landlords can do lots of things.  For example:

-create a place for bike storage.

-build in locks on room doors so students can feel safe and secure.

-make sure the windows are bright and spacious.

-make sure you let tenants know you don’t mind if they have pets.

Are Ready To Become a Student Landlord?

We’ve heard lots of success stories from landlord who rent to students all over Canada.

British Columbia landlords can rent to students attending universities such as the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria.

Alberta landlords have the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta.

Ontario is filled with popular schools of higher learning.

For example, Ottawa landlords have Carleton and the University of Ottawa.  Here in Scarborough one of the biggest campuses in the University of Toronto Scarborough campus.

Top Tips For Success

Scarborough landlords are you currently a landlord renting to students or are you an investor thinking of becoming a student landlord?  Make sure you take the University of Toronto’s advice on what students want.  We’ll have more tips in our next blog!

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Scarborough Landlords: Rent Increase 2014

January 8th, 2014 · Rent increase 2014, Scarborough landlords

Scarborough landlords rent increase 2014

How Much Money Can Scarborough Landlords Raise the Rent By This New Year?

It’s the new year and we wish everyone well and hope this year is your best landlord year ever.

The good news is Scarborough landlords are looking forward to 2014 and for success with the ability to do proper tenant screening, including tenant credit checks, to find great renters for their properties.

Rent Increase 2014

Many landlords read the Toronto Sun report on the Ontario Rent Increase Guideline for 2014.

The article explained:

1. You can raise the rent by 0.8%

This is amount you can legally raise the rent on your existing tenants this year.

You have to be careful to provide proper notice before you can collect.

2. November 1st, 1991 is the magic number

If your property was built or first occupied on or after November 1st, 1991 you are exempt from the rent increase guideline.

What does that mean?

It means you can raise the rent as much as you want and don’t have to follow the guideline of 0.8%.

Is that fair?

Many don’t think so, but it is the rule.

If your property was built or occupied before November 1st, 1991 you are stuck with a maximum increase of only 0.8%.

Isn’t 0.8% too low?

It’s the lowest rent increase in Ontario since the 1970s.

Many landlords think it’s very unfair.

Take a look at the Ontario Landlords Association forum to see for yourself.

For example, an Ottawa landlord explained if you are a great landlord your tenants will want to continue renting from you.

That means you are stuck with only raising the rent by the increase guideline.

However, if you aren’t a good landlord and your tenants only stay a year you can raise the rent however much you want when the next group moves in.

So, in this way the rent increase guideline hurts good landlords and helps those who get tenants to move in…and then the tenants want to move out.

Scarborough Landlords And Success in 2014

In the coming months we will discuss lots of issues facing Scarborough landlords.

Keep reading and we will provide you with the news, tips, advice and networking you need to succeed in a challenging marketplace for landlords.

To discuss landlords and tenant matters please go to the Landlord Forum.

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Scarborough Landlords: What Are My Landlord Rights?

December 19th, 2013 · Landlord Rights, Scarborough landlords

 Scarborough landlords what are my landlord rights

Her Tenant Makes Noise Not Allowing Her To Sleep So A Scarborough Landlord Asks What Her Rights As Landlord

Many landlords live in the same building as their tenants. After all prices are expensive in the Toronto / Greater Toronto area.

You know there are challenges being a Scarborough landlord but you know your property is very attractive and you will be an honest and professional landlord and treat your tenants well.

Your Path To Becoming a Landlord

You saved up your money for years to afford a down payment on to buy your own home.

Your monthly mortgage is high but because you are smart investor you bought a property with a rental unit in it.

By getting a tenant paying you each month you can not only afford your mortgage you will be able to save up some more money. You know, for things like a small vacation or toward your retirement. You might even put the extra money and try to pay your mortgage down fast.

Being a Good Landlord

You have read many stories about bad tenants at the Ontario Landlords Association website.

You are determined to be a good landlord. After all, you live in the same rental property and will be there to help your renter whenever they need you.

You will also make sure the building is well maintained. After all this is one of the biggest complaints you hear from tenants at the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board where all sorts of weird things can happen.

Tenant Screening

One of your tenants lives upstairs from you.

He seemed like a nice person and when he said he had a disability you never even considered that when making your decision to rent to him.

He said he has Tourette Syndrome. Your only concerns were if he would pay the rent on time and would respect you and the property.

After all, you live in the same building and want to good relationship with your tenant. You decide to rent to him and hope he enjoys his stay in your home.

Landlord Called “Villain” by the Toronto Sun

The landlady’s mother in this situation is an older woman. As we wrote she lives upstairs from the tenant.

During the night she hears the tenant constantly moving around.

It’s enough noise she cannot sleep at night so her daughter, the landlord explains this to the tenant and asks him to leave.

The tenant claims he doesn’t make noise and the landlord and her Mother are simply discriminating against him.

Except the landlord and her Mother rented to him in the first place.

About the noise, the landlord clearly explains to the Sun the reality is her mother hears loud noise and can’t sleep.

So they requested the tenant move.

It’s Always The Landlords Fault, Even When It Isn’t

The Toronto Sun report criticized the thickness of the walls and ceilings.

Excuse me, Toronto Sun Reporter, why not lobby the government to offer grants to small landlords to improve their homes?

This would lead to more high quality rental homes for all tenants. Do you want all landlords to sell in Ontario and invest in British Columbia?

Except it’s always easier to simply blame the landlord.

Scarborough landlords, there is a lesson to be learned from this. Be Careful.

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Tenant Screening Scarborough: Avoid the Landlord and Tenant Board With Tenant Credit Checks

November 3rd, 2013 · Tenant Credit Checks

Scarborough LTB Line Up

You Can Avoid the Unfair Landlord and Tenant Board With Tenant Credit Checks

There are lots of opportunities for Scarborough landlords.

There are also challenges for us.

One major challenge are the rules against landlords in Ontario. This includes the Residential Tenancies Act and the Landlord and Tenant Board.

The Landlord and Tenant Board Is Unfair and Biased Against Landlords

The Scarborough Landlord and Tenant Board is busy.

Take a look at the above picture.

It’s a typical day at the Landlord and Tenant Board for Scarborough landlords and tenants.

It’s the line-up of people signing in.

Hundreds of landlords are there because their tenants aren’t paying rent or did damages to their rental property.

Lots of tenants are their claiming their landlord harassed them or didn’t do the repairs they demanded the landlord do.

The Landlord and Tenant Board is Unfair To Landlords

It’s well-known that the Landlord and Tenant board is ‘tenant friendly’ and is unfair to landlords.

You can read lots of stories proving this at the Ontario Landlords Association website.

Still think it’s not unfair?

Here is a quote from a Superior Court Justice about the Residential Tenancies Act and the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Speaks

According to Ontario Superior Court Justice Ted Matlow

“My recent experience sitting as a single judge of this court to hear motions has convinced me that there is a growing practice by unscrupulous residential tenants to manipulate the law improperly, and often dishonestly, to enable them to remain in their rented premises for long periods of time without having to pay rent to their landlord.”

The judge continued:

“It is [a] practice that imposes an unfair hardship on landlords and reflects badly on the civil justice system in Ontario,” he wrote.

So What Can Scarborough Landlords Do To Avoid the Landlord and Tenant Board?

The key is good tenant screening including a Tenant credit check.

Tenants with a good tenant score and a history of paying their bills on time don’t want to ruin their high credit score.

How Can I Do a Tenant Credit Check?

Join the Ontario Landlords Association and you can do great tenant credit checks for a very affordable price!

Check Out Ontario Landlords Membership With Only a ONE-TIME FEE!   

Protect Your Rental Property Business With Tenant Credit Checks

 

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Scarborough Landlords – Opportunities to Rent to Students

October 7th, 2013 · Student Rentals

 Scarborough campus University of Toronto Students

Landlords in Scarborough know there is a great opportunity to rent to students.

We have already written about the challenges landlords can face in Ontario.

For example, we wrote about the issues a landlords can face dealing with the Landlord and Tenant Board and how the Residential Tenancies Act favours tenants over landlords (even if the tenants are in the wrong!)

Renting To Students

There are lots of advantages to renting to students compared to renting to the general public.

It’s also amazing that we have world class educational campuses such as the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.

What Types of Advantages?

Students are busy with their school work and their social lives and are far less likely to want to waste time with trivial matters at the Landlord and Tenant Board

Students are usually optimistic.

This contracts to middle-aged renters who can carry a lot of anger and jealously about having to rent while others in society are property owners

Students are new to renting and will treat the rental property like they treat the house they have lived in with Mom and Dad

Students might not have good credit because they are young and simply haven’t had time to build up a great credit profile.

This means you can ask their parents to co-sign the lease as a Guarantor.

If there are damages or garbage left behind, this means the Guarantor  (aka Mom and Dad) is responsible.

Are There Any Disadvantages Renting to Students?

Sure.

1. One Year and Out

One disadvantage is it’s common for students to only rent from you for a year and then move on.

This is because they might not get along with housemates or might want to live alone or with a small broup.

2. You’ve Got To Fight For Your Right to Party!

Some students might want to party a lot.

Partying means drinking and loud music. The loud music might lead to others calling the police to enforce the bylaw on noise.

Partying might also lead to some damages to the house.

Fortunately, students in Scarborough don’t have a reputation as party animals. This is very different than Queens students in Kingston and Careleton students in Ottawa.

We give our best wishes to Kingston landlords renting out to Queen’s University engineering students.

And to Ottawa landlords renting out to students who think partying HARD is part of the student experience.

3. Hey, Clean That Up!

Some students will leave garbage behind.

There’s a great story at the Barrie Landlords site about his.

One landlord and property manager in Barrie has her leases ending on the 31st day of August every year.

This year after the tenants moved out she and her company cleaned out more than (pause, please sit down before continuing to read this…) fifteen tons of trash!

Scarborough landlords have you thought about investing in student rentals?

To discuss this and other landlord topics welcome to the free Ontario Landlord Forum.

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Scarborough Landlords

September 23rd, 2013 · Scarborough landlords

Scarborough landlords

Welcome to our site Scarborough Landlords!

Our goal is to provide help, tips, and advice for Scarborough, Ontario landlords.

Things are looking good for our city, especially the rental property market.

Let’s Get Started

How many times have you asked:

-I having trouble with one of my tenants. Where can I go for some help?

-I wish I could network with other small landlords to share advice and recommendations on contractors, plumbers and other things.

-I’m thinking of investing in a rental property in Scarborough, Ontario and want to learn more about the area and the industry

-Where is the best play to advertise my rental properties?

-I want to know only about rentals in Scarborough and really want learn about how things work in Ontario. I want to get involved and improve the rules and laws for landlords in this city.

This is what this site is all about. Helping landlords get answers to their questions.

Networking

It’s time landlords from across Ontario begin to network and discuss the issues we face.

For example, do you think the system is fair for residential landlords?

Do you want to demand some changes to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Landlord and Tenant Board to make things fairer for landlords?

A great place to begin is signing up for the free Ontario Landlords Forum.

Being a Landlord in Scarborough, Ontario

Experienced landlords know being a landlord or property investor in Scarborough means both opportunities and challenges.

In the next couple of months we will discuss a variety of topics.

These include:

1. Screening tenants to make sure you avoid ‘professional tenants’

2. How to succeed renting to students

3. What happens if your tenants are fighting other tenants

4. Where to Find Great Properties in our city

5. What can you do if your tenant is behaving badly

6. How to deal with the Government and Bylaw Officers

These are important issues for landlords all over Ontario

Where is the Landlord and Tenant Board in Scarborough?

You can visit or the contact the Board here:

East District Office

2275 Midland Avenue, Unit 2
Toronto, Ontario  M1P 3E7
Fax No. 416-314-8649 or 1-888-377-8808

Investing in Scarborough, Ontario

For those looking at Scarborough as a place for potential investment here is a brief introduction to the city.

Scarborough is a vibrant city that is improving every day!

Scarborough is a former municipality within the eastern part of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The former city of Scarborough was amalgamated into the city of Toronto in 1998.

Scarborough is a popular destination for new Asian immigrants to Canada to reside.

As a result, Scarborough is one of the most diverse and multicultural areas of the Greater Toronto Area, being home to various religious groups and places of worship.

It includes some of Toronto’s popular natural landmarks, such as the Scarborough Bluffs and Rouge Park. Scarborough has been declared to be greener than any other part of Toronto.

It’s becoming a fantastic place to invest!

The Scarborough Landlord Site Has Started. So Let’s Start Helping Scarborough Landlords Succeed!

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