Tenant Running Illegal Business

Podcast Episode 88:
I Ain’t No Ho!”

As a landlord, you need to be proactive about what is happening with your tenants. Be concerned if you suspect that a renter may be running an illegal business out of your property! This Tale is short and sweet because our investor took action as soon as they found out a tenant was on the wrong side of the law. Do you know what’s going on in your rental properties?

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How to be a Legal Landlord

landlord tenant law

Podcast Episode 72:
The Basics—The Legal Side of Landlording.”

In my 40-plus years of experience as a lawyer, I have observed many common situations that real estate investors have the same questions about. My answer is: it’s all about The Basics. One of those questions is how to be a landlord. As an attorney, I suggest that one of the most important parts of being a landlord is carefully following the legal rules for renting properties. In order to do this, you need to know the law in your area. Luckily, governments usually have all kinds of resources to help people who aren’t lawyers to learn the rules. You also need to have a system in place that makes sure you can consistently do things by the book. In this Tale from the Trenches, we have a property manager who unlawfully evicted a tenant, and a landlord who paid the price.

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Worst Case Condo Investment

Podcast Episode 68:
Disaster at Penhorwood: Update.”

In a previous Tale, we reviewed the calamitous and stomach turning events at the Penhorwood Condominium complex in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Our review looked at events occurring in 2011, but in 2014 things really came to a head. I thought this was serious enough to reprint some our previous Tale, and then follow-up with a discussion of how the circumstances evolved. Read on and be very aware that some condominiums have ultra-serious issues.

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Three Condominium Conundrums (Part 1 of 3)

Podcast Episode 10: “Condominium Conundrums 1/3 – Rules…, What Rules?”

A primer on the law surrounding condominium corporations in Alberta. Includes your responsibility to be in compliance with condominium bylaws, provides information to the Corporation about your tenant, discusses your responsibility for tenant damages. Confirms the right of the Corporation to evict your tenant for breach of the condominium act and/or condominium bylaws.

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The full-text version of this Tale from the Trenches can be found HERE.

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