Thursday, March 17, 2016

Nightmare Tenants

Lucky for us in Alberta we have a relatively easy eviction process. The biggest wait is getting into the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) for a hearing date. If the landlord then files with the Queen's Bench that dispute is on the public record for all other landlords to find.

In other provinces it's not so easy. There are waiting periods before you can file and the process can take months. All the while your property is perhaps being damaged and rent not getting paid.

This professional tenant cost Ontario seniors an estimated $30,000 and probably a lot of grief and sleepless nights. She didn't pay rent or utilities for 6 months and changed the locks.  Apparently she's done this over and over again but because of privacy laws it's hard for landlords to discover. Read more

PHOTO COURTESY OF © Torstar News Service

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