Be a Pro-Active Landlord To Rent to Great Tenants (and Avoid Renters Who Manipulate the System!)
The story from Serial squatter strikes again in Regina, stiffing another landlord was one every Saskatchewan landlord fears and hopes never happens to them. It was a story of a tenant who knows how to “manipulate the system” in order to rip off small residential landlords. You know, small family landlords like you.
The renter was actually a squatter who moved in and then refused to pay rent. He used the legal system to rip off 4 different residential landlords over a period of two years.
After the CBC did an investigation of this serial squatter who refused to pay rent he moved out and quickly rented another property from a Regina landlord.
How Can Renters Avoid Paying Rent?
Tricky renters know how to manipulate the system. This is how it worked for this bad tenant:
1. Landlord didn’t do proper checks and rented to this tenant
2. Once in the rental property he refused to pay rent
3. The landlord who didn’t get rent gave the tenant an eviction notice
4. Tenant appeals the eviction notice to the Saskatchewan Office of Residential Tenancies
5. Renter loses the Appeal
6. Renter then appeals to the Court of Queen’s Bench
7. Renter loses this appeal (yet actually wins by delaying the eviction)
8. Renter goes to the Court of Appeal
9. Renter is denied
10 He finally moves out…without paying rent
Do you see how the system is easy to use to delay paying rent? If you rent to type of tenant you are vulnerable to the same type of tactics to avoid paying you a cent of rent!
These types of tenants exist and not only in Saskatchewan. Alberta landlords often face bad tenants who cost them thousands of dollars. The system is often abused by trick renters to rip off Ontario landlords.
And with prices so high (and their mortgage so high) BC landlords know renting to one bad person can destroy their finances.
How Can I Protect Myself From Bad Tenants?
While some groups want the government to do everything, successful and experienced landlords know you must rely on yourself.
Screen your tenants carefully, including a credit check, before renting to them. A credit check will not only show you their credit score, it will show you past addresses so you can go talk to former landlords to get the REAL STORY.
Even after this renter ripped off four landlords, he quickly found another. Do not be the next victim of a serial bad tenant.
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