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Tenant Screening – Avoid Bad Tenants With Credit and Criminal Checks

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

 October 5th, 2013

calgary landlord tenant from hell

It’s Time For Manitoba Landlords To Protect Themselves With Great Tenant Screening (Including Credit Checks and Criminal Checks)

We’ve all heard about landlords facing the challenges of bad tenants before. 

Not only bad tenants, but bad tenants being difficult for good tenants.

While the majority of tenants are good, these bad tenants are everywhere, all over Canada.

This Time It’s Different

We have a big wake-up call for all Manitoba Landlords.

There is now a problem facing landlords that is growing and can be devastating for your rental business.

It could also be a huge disruption and harm you and your family.

Freeman-On-The Land

According to a report at the Ontario Landlords Association Calgary landlord felt like a prisoner after the basement of her rental property was taken over by a Freeman-On-The-Land tenant.


The landlord, Rebekah Caverhill rented out the back half of a duplex she currently owns in the lovely Parkdale area of Calgary to a new tenant in the Autumn of 2011.

She Thought She Rented To a Nice New Tenant

A few months after he moved in the landlord found the tenant had changed the locks.

She saw through the windows the property had been painted black.

CBC news said when she wanted to talk to him he screamed “I am a Freeman on the landlord, this is now my house not yours, the property is now my Embassy!”

He then slammed the door and locked it, using the new locks he set up without permission from the landlord.

He Screamed “It’s Not Your Home Anymore!”

Tenant Screening Is the Key for Success for Manitoba Landlords

Make sure you know who you are renting to before you hand over the key.

The Manitoba Landlords Association offers access to inexpensive credit checks and criminal checks for landlords.

Protect yourself, your family, and your rental property.

Screen Well!

To Discuss This And Other Landlord and Tenant Issues Go to the Manitoba Landlord Forum

How About Some Media Coverage Of Winnipeg’s Worst Tenants?

Monday, August 26th, 2013

August 25, 2013

Winnipeg landlords rights

The Winnipeg Free Press had a story about Winnipeg’s worst rental properties.

It’s very common for the media to make landlords (especially small residential landlords) their favourite whipping boy/girl.

We’re only the people who create safe and affordable housing for thousands of renters across Manitoba.

We’re easy to attack.  We don’t have the millions of dollars in resources the large corporate landlords have to hire lawyers and public relations specialists.

We spend our money paying our taxes on time and maintaining our properties in the hope our tenants will stay, pay the rent on time, not damage the rental unit, and maybe even appreciate the risk we take to provide safe and affordable housing. Hey, let’s follow the Ontario model of treating small residential landlords like serfs.

But that’s not sexy.  Stories about good landlords are boring, plain…vanilla in a media world that craves excitement and hits to their website. Who cares if the government creates rules that will lead to less investment and lead good landlords to invest outside the province.

 There was an excellent letter to the Free Press from a landlord’s perspective.

 It surprising it was even published because it was so honest.

Re: Revealing the ‘Peg’s worst homes (July 2). I have been a landlord since 2010 in the North End. I bought two houses, both of which were restored to prime condition. Each time a tenant moved, I had to spend thousands of dollars to restore the home to a livable condition.

I recently sold one of the houses, because I had to spend about $15,000 to restore it. The tenant had called Manitoba Health to complain about the condition of the house. Manitoba Health condemned the house, doing us a huge favour.

They got rid of the tenant legally, where as a landlord, I couldn’t. This house was restored and sold. I now look at stories like this with more open eyes. Is the landlord a slum landlord or is the tenant a slum tenant?

The Free Press writes stories about slum landlords all the time. Don’t you think it’s about time to write about the slum tenant?



To Discuss this and other landlord and tenant issues go to the Manitoba Landlord Forum.