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Landlords – Use the Power of Equifax to Find Great Tenants – NOVEMBER 15

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

November 15th, 2012

Tenant Screening and Credit Checks Has Never Been Easier for British Columbia Landlords!


Equifax now provides the Multi-Family Housing industry with a single-source, web-based property management program to effectively and efficiently pre-screen prospective residents/tenants. Verify consumer identity, credit worthiness, criminal history, rental history, employment background and more.

The value to your business

  • Access consumer credit reports, scores, criminal searches, eviction searches, employment verification and rental history verification
  • Reports can be customized to fit your specific needs
  • Our client-specific ordering features list only the products and services you need for fast, accurate ordering
  • Includes our InstaCriminal Statewide Search, an instant statewide database search, available in 38 states
  • Reports can be ordered 24 hours a day/7 days a week from our secure online program
  • No software to install – our system is entirely web-based


TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire -09/30/11)- Equifax (NYSE: EFXNews) announced today the launch of their new online tenant screening service, Tenant Selector. Tenant Selector gives registered property management professionals the ability to screen potential renters quickly and easily and will be featured at this year’s PM Expo taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 30 to December 2.

Tenant Selector draws on Equifax’s market leading source of consumer credit information to instantly provide users with 24/7 access to a real-time recommendation on prospective tenants. No longer is it necessary to pull and review an applicant’s credit report to protect oneself against the potential threat of income loss or identity theft.

Here’s how it works: Tenant Selector is easy, fast and secure. Users simply enter the applicant’s name and other personal information into the system and Tenant Selector will do the work. Within seconds, Tenant Selector delivers an ‘accept’ or ‘decline’ recommendation based on factual information, not ‘gut feel’. Tenant Selector is a web enabled, browser based proprietary tool developed in-house by technology and solution experts at Equifax, a recognized worldwide leader in data protection and security.

Equifax invites you to visit their website ( or PM Expo exhibit (Booth #2020) for a Tenant Selector demonstration and more information about how we can help professional property managers make the right tenant decisions.

About Equifax,

Equifax empowers businesses and consumers with information they can trust. A global leader in information solutions, we leverage one of the largest sources of consumer and commercial data, along with advanced analytics and proprietary technology, to create customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers.

Businesses – large and small – rely on us for consumer and business credit intelligence, portfolio management, fraud detection, decisioning technology, marketing tools, and much more. We empower individual consumers to manage their personal credit information, protect their identity, and maximize their financial well-being.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Equifax Inc. operates in the U.S. and 15 other countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Equifax’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EFX.

Ontario Landlord Warning Story – $10,000s and Over a Year Later…Tenant From Hell Finally Evicted

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

September 24th, 2012

Let’s Not Follow the Ontario Landlord Model!

BC landlords show our support to Ontario Landlord Darius Vakili for finally evicting TENANT FROM HELL “Nina Willis” after battle battle that took over a year.

For those who think we should follow the Ontario system, make sure you read this case on abuse and manipulation of the system in Ontario.

While landlords in British Columbia face challenges our own challenges, it’s nothing like what Ontario landlords face.

Discuss the whole HELLISH story HERE.

The problems Ontario landlords face is a warning for landlords in British Columbia. The Ontario Residential Tenancy Act is not the model we should follow.

Pets Left Behind in Abandoned Rental Properties

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

March 6th, 2012

The Penticton Western News has reported the SPCA South Okanagan branch has been inundated with pets who are injured, sick and orphaned.  SPCA officials are pleading for help from the general public.

Making an already busy year even busier has been the recent seizure of thirty abandoned pets from three abandoned properties. 

According to the SPCA, at the first location five small puppies were found encrusted in their own feces and urine.

At a second location, twenty-one cats were left behind by a tenant who left without notice and found by the landlord.  Many of the cats have severe eye infections, with many already blind.

At the third location, a rabbit was found suffering as it’s fur was stuck to the cage, making it nearly unable to move.

Branch manager Tracy Westmoreland asks, “How can people do this (to abandon pets)?…“If you find the answer, let me know because this is heartbreaking to see.”

The SPCA regularly finds animals that include strays and surrenders from people moving, and situations of  compassionate care where pets are taken in when owners are sick or in the hospital.

However, particularly unsettling to the manger is the increase of cases where the pets are left behind.

“I don’t know if there are more tenants moving out and leaving their landlords without paying bills, but certainly there seems to be more people skipping out on their animals,” said Westmoreland. “We want people to remember we are here.”

As well as the additional strain on the SPCA’s financial resources, they receive no government support, the increased workload on the limited staff and support workers is substantial.

“We really do need as much help as possible to care for these stray and unwanted animals,” said Westmoreland. “We’re desperately looking for more volunteers, especially in the morning with the cats.”

“We have so many wonderful animals who desperately want to be part of a family.”

To view animals for adoption, visit or go to the Penticton shelter from noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

To make a donation to help the animals, please visit, call 250-493-0136 or mail to the B.C. SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch, 2200 Dartmouth Drive, Penticton, B.C. V2A, 7W7.

No Heat For Three Days? (Double Amputee Among the Renters)

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

February 7th, 2012


According to a Daily News report, renters at a south Nanaimo rental complex were without heat or hot water for three days.

The townhouse complex has a history of problems.

Back in early 2008 a teen-ager was stabbed during a “all-nighter” party.

In the summer of 2008, it was where a man began a cocain-fuelled rampage and ended up murdered demanding crack.  His body was dumped in Nanaimo Harbour.

In 2009, there was a horrible pitbull attack.

In 2010, a family with four members was left homeless after a fire burned out their apartment.

Jim Kelman is one of the tenants.  He also happens to be a double amputee. According to Kelman not having access to hot water didn’t allow him to protect his skin when wearing his prosthetic leg.

According to the property manager, heat issues happen and since it wasn’t longer than two days it wasn’t a real problem.