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With the current crisis going on it’s more important than ever for landlords to carefully screen your tenants. This always includes running a credit check to make sure your potential renters have a history of paying their bills.
When you join our landlord community you get multiple tools for you to succeed during good times and bad. For over a decade the BC Landlords Association has been helping small landlords succeed and getting our voice heard at last.
We also want to help tenants and want to have great communication between parties and a “win win” approach. The is why we have our Pay Your Rent Campaign where we encourage tenants to cooperate with their landlord.
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My name is Laura and I post under my name on the BC Landlords Forum. I’ve been active there for years to try to help other tenants and give some of my advice to help small landlords too.
These are crazy times for everyone.
And while tenants are suffering it’s also important to know your landlord might be suffering too. This pandemic is hurting everyone.
We Need To Stick Together
I used to own a house and we rented our basement out years ago and it really helped us cover our mortgage. When my husband died my children were grown so I decided to sell the house and rent.
Renting has a lot of advantages.
I don’t have to worry about any maintenance issues and my landlady has a service to cut the lawn and plow the snow. My landlord cover my utilities so she can get just one payment each month to keep things uncomplicated.
My landlady is a teacher and her husband has his own contracting company and they are terrific.
“Are You Going To Pay The Rent?”
When all this chaos started in March and the government said ‘tenants don’t have to pay rent” my landlady called me and asked me if I was going to pay the rent.
I told her “of course I will”. She was thankful and said if I needed a break just call her.
My Landlady Is Professional and Kind, And I Make Paying Rent A Priority
I’m in a pretty good situation where I don’t need to worry about buying food and my children are adults now. I know others might not be as safe as I am.
I’m going to pay the rent not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because I want to keep my excellent relationship with my landlady and know that if I don’t pay rent it could hurt her financially (and even lead to her selling this place).
Pay You Rent And If You Can’t Call Your Landlord
My landlady isn’t some big global corporation. She and her family invested and thanks to them I have a great place to stay at a great price.
Rent Strike Hits Small Landlords, Not The Corporate Landlords
-Not paying rent will just get rid of the small nice landlords who care about you.
-Not paying rent will not impact the big heartless corporations.
-The whole “rent strike” people are likely corporate landlords who want to get rid of small landlords who are their competition. At least that’s what I think.
Stay Home and Stay Safe!
I’m so happy to have a great rental with a great landlady. I feel safe and don’t ever want to move.
With Love And Wishing Everyone Stays Safe,
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BC landlords are waking up to the fact you need to screen tenants carefully to avoid renting to the “pro tenants” out there.
Sure there are a lot of great tenants out there. However, times have change and it’s important for landlords to protect themselves, their properties and their wallets.In the past you could rely on a handshake with tenants before you handed over the keys. Oh, those were the days!
Experienced BC landlords know there are lots of great people looking to rent safe and affordable properties from friendly and professional small landlords and also lots of not so good tenants who can end up costing you thousands of dollars in losses and months of stress.
It’s up to you to make sure you find good tenants and rent to them. And you now have the services and tools you need to identify good tenants, avoid the bad tenants out there, and become a successful BC landlord for an incredible low price.
Lots of Great Tenants, And Some Others You Need To Avoid
Landlords across British Columbia are still shocked at how a couple of serial bad tenants managed to rip off so many landlords in a short period of time.
They eventually paid one of the landlords what they avoid to avoid jail time, but there are still lots of landlords who they owe money to and the legal process for B.C. landlords seeking justice is slow and stressful.
You Can’t Get Blood From a Stone
This old saying applies for BC landlords.
If you rent to bad tenants who don’t pay rent and rip you off you will have to go to court to try to get your money back.
Canada doesn’t have debtors prisons and if your ex-tenants don’t have any money you won’t see a cent.
This is why it’s important to run tenant credit checks and rent to good tenants and avoid all the hassles of chasing bad tenants who will never pay you the rent they owe and you will never be fully paid for the stress they gave you!
Why Do BC Landlords Rent to Bad Tenants?
There is an excellent article at the Globe and Mail on this topic.
The Globe interviewed Rochelle Johannson who is a lawyer who deals with landlord and tenant disputes.
According to Rochelle too many small landlords base their decision on who to rent to on whether they “like the person or not.”
Too many landlords rely on their “gut feeling” and don’t verify what the people who want to rent your rental property say.
Even when some landlords do a bit of digging they often don’t do it the right way.
Calling a reference the renter gives you might be a friend acting as a former landlord or former employer. They will tell you lies to help their pal rent from you…and rip you off!
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The report of the CBC investigation of serial bad tenants is a huge wake-up call for landlords all across our province.
The report is about serial bad tenants who don’t pay rent.
It has landlords demanding a bad-tenant registry in British Columbia.
We had a Vancouver landlord email us the following:
“I also rented to some bad tenants. I was lucky they left owing only a month of rent and left the rental property pretty clean with the keys in the door.
I know see how lucky I was and will never rent to anyone without screening them properly!”
A landlord in Kelowna wrote in:
“This type of tenant scam happens all the time. Only now the media finally reported it!”
We even had an Alberta landlord write in with advice:
“Don’t wait for the government to do anything because they won’t. Make sure you check out anyone who wants to rent your property because this type of bad renter behaviour is happening not just in British Columbia.”
What Makes a Tenant A Good Tenant?
The good news is most of the tenants are there are good. These are the people you need to rent to. They treat you and your property with respect and pay the rent on time.
What is a Bad Tenant?
As we see from the CBC news report, bad tenants don’t pay the rent.
It’s also common for these types of tenants to cause damages to your rental property, leave a lot of garbage behind when they finally move, and cause a lot of drama with other tenants (and give their drama to you, the landlord).
How Can A Landlord Find Good Tenants? (And Avoid the Serial Ones)?
The most effective way is to be careful who you rent to.
A good tenant screening process includes a credit check.
It will provide you with a window on your tenant applicants financial history, as well as verify employment and past addresses.
What Will A Tenant Credit Check Show Me?
It’s exactly what successful landlords need to rent to the great tenants out there!
1. Credit Score
A credit score reveals the credit worthiness of a potential tenant.
If they have a history of paying their bills on time and being careful with the debts and finances it will result in a high credit score.
2. Current and Past Addresses
If any of the landlords had check their tenant’s credit they would have been able to see where they lived before and contacted those former landlords.
This way they would have found these tenants had a history of not-paying rent.
Are they currently employed? What about past employment?
4. Identification verification
Are they who they really say they are?
5. Past court judgments and other important information
Has anyone sued them and won a judgment against them? Do they owe anyone money? Are people chasing after them to try to collect debts owed?
All this is vital information about the people who are thinking of allowing into your investment property.
How Much Will This Cost?
Other groups charge members an annual fee to become a member.
Yikes! Those fees add up!
We don’t believe this is fair for small landlords.
For small landlords this large fee can add up, especially as you have to continue to pay year after year.
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We’re heard about a lot about the challenges British Columbia landlords faced this year.
Most of them involved residential landlords renting to tenants who didn’t pay their rent.
Or tenants who moved in and left leaving thousands of dollars in damages. It also included tenants who harassed their landlords.
Some tenants brag they feel justified in taking these actions because they claim landlords are ‘greedy.’
It’s essential landlords conduct proper tenant screening on prospective tenants.
In this day and age renting to someone based on a good conversation or a call to a previous landlord usually isn’t enough.
We’ve heard the stories.
Some of the worst “tenants from hell” were very charming when the landlord first met them.
Some had lots of personal references.This included glowing letters from ‘former landlords’ and ’employers’ and filled with promises to treat your rental property ‘as if it was their own.’
It is easy for landlords to find any kind of tenant for their rental property. It is much more difficult to find the right tenant who will not pose a risk to your investment.
There are lots of great tenants out there and you want to make sure you rent to them.
How Can I Find Good Tenants?
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Small residential landlords play an important role in providing high quality affordable housing in our British Columbia. Small landlords need to be listened to, our concerns heard, and actions taken to ensure we have the ability to continue to operate, make a profit, and continue to provide a high quality housing choice for tenants.
For too many years BC Landlords have lacked a voice and had no access to real help and real tools and services for success. This website exists to help residential landlords succeed! Join our landlord community for a low one-time registration fee (no annual fees). We know small residential landlords are on tight budgets and we are here to help you. We offer you terrific services for only a one time fee…because we are small private landlords just like you!
In These Challenging Times We Have Created A New Level Of Membership To Help BC Landlords Succeed
PROTECTION MEMBERSHIP Provides You With Tools & Services To Succeed For A ONE-TIME FEE
Landlords across the province know there are a lot of great renters out there. These are people who pay the rent on time and respect you and your rental property. They follow the rules and treat the rental like it’s their own home.
When you rent to these types of tenants being a landlord is a nice and often profitable experience. Being a BC landlord can be an exciting and profitable business.
Sure there are always stories of landlords facing problems in British Columbia. But long term veterans know that if you have a professional tenant screening system and a strong network to assist you if any problems with tenants arise being a landlord can be fulfilling business investment. However, these same experienced landlords know we face new challenges.
BC Landlords Face A Lot of New Challenges
New landlords already know that one of the biggest challenges is the price just to buy your investment property. We have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a nice and attractive rental that good tenants are looking for.
With these types of prices we need to make sure we rent to tenants who pay on time and don’t make any damages. And while there are lots of great tenants out there, if you aren’t careful you ca get burned.
A Vancouver landlord was forced to set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ page after a tenant turned his rental condo into “brothel/ prostitute ring” and trashed his property.
BC landlords also face a lot of new rules such as the “vacancy tax” and more. What’s troubling is things that hard working landlords know are important for our success, such as allowing for fixed term leases, are being changed and it’s unfair.
We also have a new rent guideline formula. For years we were allowed to raise the rent on existing tenants by the rate of inflation, plus an extra 2%. So the rent increase guideline for 2019 was originally announce at 4.5%.
However, now the guideline has been changed and it’s only 2.5%. Experienced landlords know our costs are going up and 2.5% is too low.
The list goes on and on (including legal marijuana) with one common theme: more rights for bad tenants and less rights for good landlords.
It’s why BC landlords need to network and help each other like never before.
A New Level Of Membership: BC LANDLORD PROTECTION MEMBERSHIP
With all these new challenges our BC team of landlords has come up with PROTECTION Membership to help landlords succeed.
We’re landlords too and have “skin in the game” and are not bureaucrats getting a salary to ineffectively “defend landlord interests” with many false facts. We know how important it is for landlords to protect ourselves and our rental properties!
For only an affordable one-time registration fee (no yearly fee) BC landlords get access to a ton of amazing tools and services that can’t be beat. Here are some of the benefits of membership:
BC Landlord Rental Kit
Get access to applications, notices and everything you need in our online library available to you 24/7.
Access To The Forums, Including the Private Members Forum Not Seen By The General Public
Network with other BC landlords and property managers as well as experienced landlords from across Canada to help you and your rental business succeed. In our Private Members Forum posts are not available to the general public and everyone is a verified landlord
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