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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Personal Responsibility in Cooperative Investing

Podcast Episode 86:
Joint Venture Blues.”

Partnering up can be a good way to buy more property, but you still have to be careful. As with everything in real estate, due diligence is essential in joint ventures. In this Tale, you’ll hear about the all-too-common mistake of not getting an inspection. You’ll also hear about how not vetting the finder/manager properly cost an investor big time.

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Buying Long-distance Property

Podcast Episode 59:
Travel and Tenants.”

Managing properties when they are far from where someone lives can be tricky. Use this fact to help you find motivated sellers. Beware that pre-possession inspections require custom clauses and you can’t just kick existing tenants out if they are a problem. When finding replacement tenants, know the difference between rent deposits and security deposits.

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Multifamily Location Is Key

Podcast Episode 58:
You Are Buying the Neighbourhood.”

When buying a property, you are buying the neighbourhood and neighbourhoods are not homogenous. Do some diligence around schools opening or closing, new public transit soon or in the works, and rezoning. Check parking lots and dumpsters where you intend to buy; these will give you an informal tenant profile. Any environmental considerations?

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Inspecting a Multifamily Property

Podcast Episode 57:
All the Suites Look Just Like this One.”

When buying a multifamily building, inspect all the suites. Your vision of what is satisfactory and the vision of a seller anxious to sell are likely to be completely different. Failure to inspect meant substantial extra expense after closing for this investor.

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Condo Diligence

Podcast Episode 41:
Rubik’s Cube Condo: An Investor’s Near-Miss.

Purchasing a condominium unit as an investment can be tricky business because of the many other parties you need to deal with. There are also laws surrounding condos that you need to take into account. As always, due diligence is the key to avoiding a bad deal. This Tale looks at a condo that seemed fine, but turned up a puzzling array of problems upon closer inspection.

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