Disappearing Tenants and Vanishing Buyers

Podcast Episode 98:
“Don’t Wait, It Only Gets Worse;
Discharge That Caveat.

The first part of this Tale is about an Alberta landlord with tenant problems. The renter usually paid on-time, but then the rent started coming late. The tenant’s girlfriend left him, and when our landlord went to check on the property it appeared to have been taken over by a biker gang! Eventually the property appeared to be abandoned, but the landlord was afraid to go back. Moral of the story, nip problems in the bud before they grow to become out of control.

In the second part of this Tale, we have a problem with a buyer who disappeared, but whose caveat comes back to haunt the seller. If you would like to sell a property by way of agreement for sale, the buyer will register a caveat on the title. That is the buyer’s protection in the transaction. But what happens if the buyer then changes their mind and walks away from the deal? Their caveat might still be on title, which you as the owner/seller need to address before you can sell the property to someone else.

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“Neon Real Estate Sign” by Chris Griffith used under CC Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Property Inspections, Reports, and Permits

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Podcast Episode 93:
“Inspection Reports & Multi-family Diligence.”

Under Alberta’s Residential Tenancies Act, an inspection report must be made whenever a tenant moves into, or out of, a rental property.  But what happens if you buy a property and can’t get the in/out report? Similarly, building permits for multi-family dwellings specify their maximum number of units. What happens if you buy a building that has illegal suites? This episode of Tales from the Trenches explains the legal issues of both inspection reports and occupancy permits in Alberta.

 

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Lead Pipes in Older Homes

Podcast Episode 83:
Lead Isn’t Dead.”

Lead pipes are a very real risk with older houses; it’s a toxic metal and can make the water unsafe to drink. In this Tale, my client was given notice by her water utility provider that her rental property might have lead pipes. She took lengths to protect her tenants, as well as make sure her insurance would cover her in case of any issues. When dealing with older homes, it is essential to do diligence on the possibility of lead pipes and how to address it.

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How to be a Legal Landlord

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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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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 – Mortgages and Unrented Suites

Podcast Episode 56:
You’ve Got How Many Vacancies?”

This is the story of one investor’s path from single-family dwellings to multifamily properties. Multifamily lenders fund mortgages based on rental revenue. On closing day, every vacancy reduces the amount of mortgage money. What does it mean when two vacancies turn into eighteen vacancies on closing date?

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