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New Rules For Saskatchewan Landlords

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

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Smart & Helpful New Rules Are Coming To Help Landlords Protect Our Rental Properties

Is surprising but many people are not aware that soon it will be legal to buy and smoke marijuana in Canada. Yes it’s true.  The Liberal government is going to legalize cannabis (or weed or marijuana) in the summer of 2018. While many people are against it, the feds are going to go through with it and make it legal to buy and smoke marijuana.

Landlords Are Worried

Many landlords across Canada are worried about how this will impact their rental property businesses. Experienced landlords know we already have so many challenges to face. This is why we screen our tenants carefully to make sure we find the great tenants out there. We always make sure we run a landlord credit check to verify who we are renting to.

The problem is if weed is “legal” what can we do?

We all know that allowing renters to smoke week in our rentals could be a disaster. And if they are allowed to bring in plants and grow weed in our rentals we face even more potential disasters.

The whole legalization situation could easily lead to many small landlords going bankrupt or selling and leaving the rental industry for good. It truly is a potential nightmare and we need to make sure our voices are heard!

As one BC landlord wrote in at the Canada Landlords site:

“The people who I thought were a nice couple told me they worked from home. Only later did I find out their work was using my rental as a place to sell marijuana to people in the area.

An Alberta landlord shared her story of a renter who turned her property into a grow op.  When they finally left the costs to get the smell and mold out of the rental cost her tens of thousands of dollars…far more the rent the renters paid to her.

An Ontario landlord about how even smoking tobacco cigarettes is a big problem there and when people can smoke weed it could lead to even more challenges. She wrote in:

“There will be a huge problem in multi-unit rental properties when marijuana is made legal. After all, even dealing with normal tobacco cigarettes has led to huge fights between my tenants. It will be a DISASTER when people can smoke stinky and dangerous weed. It will really hurt good tenants who have kids and something must be done!”

Smart and Helpful Changes in the Saskatchewan

According to a report by CTV news there have been some changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that will help landlords deal with marijuana and other issues. It’s really great news as under the amendment a landlord may establish and enforce rules prohibiting the possession, use, selling or distribution of cannabis; or the growing of cannabis plants.

Saskatchewan Leads the Way in Protecting Small Landlords and Good Tenants!

This Saskatchewan landlords need to appreciate the smart and helpful changes in our province. Not only are these important changes going to help landlords, they will also help good renters. The balance between the rights of landlords and the rights of tenants is still maintained and this will actually help good tenants who want the landlord to be able to protect them from other tenants in multi-unit buildings.

When Will These Important Changes To  Protect Good Landlords And Tenants Happen?

It looks like they will happen in the spring of 2018, which is before the feds give us “legal marijuana”. We want Saskatchewan landlords to let other small landlords across Canada what they think about these changes and share their experiences with our nation-wide community.  Please write in to and make YOUR VOICE HEARD.

Tenant Screening Saskatchewan: Credit Checks and Criminal Checks For Tenants

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

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Saskatchewan Landlords Protect Your Rental Business With Tenant Credit Checks & Tenants Criminal Checks

We’ve written before how our growing economy is helping landlords in Saskatchewan.

A growing economy means more jobs and more people moving to our province.

The means lots of hard-working people are going to need a place to rent.

This is a great opportunity for people to become residential landlords, rent out your property and make monthly cash-flow and profits.

Opportunity, and Challenges

It also means some challenges for landlords.

Most tenants will be quiet, respectful of you and your rental property, and pay the rent.

There are also tenants out there who won’t.

Just in the past couple of months we saw a tenant stay two years without paying the rent and making a nightmare situation for his landlady.

Doesn’t this only happens in Alberta, maybe BC, and in Ontario?

No. While those provinces have their share of bad tenants who do things like not paying the rent or leaving damages behind, we also have bad tenants here.

As the rental market grows and more tenants from other provinces arrive Saskatchewan landlords need to be prepared.

The Way To Make Sure You Rent To Good Tenants

The secret to finding good tenants and avoiding the bad ones is to screen your potential tenants carefully.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says landlords “should thoroughly research a prospective tenant before making a final decision.”

Make sure you know who you are renting to before you hand over the key.

Anyone can tell you they are the best tenant in the world. Talk is cheap.

1. Tenant Credit Checks

A tenant credit will reveal your potential tenants financial history. It will include information on whether they pay their bills on time and if they are someone you can trust paying rent on time.

2. Tenant Criminal Checks.

A tenant criminal check is self-explanatory. With so many tenants coming from out of provinces, it’s important you learn if they have any criminal behaviour in their past.

How Can I Do A Tenant Credit Check and a Tenant Criminal Check?

The Saskatchewan Landlords Association offers access to inexpensive credit checks and criminal checks for landlords. See our membership options.

Protect yourself, your family, and your rental property with good tenant screening including tenant credit checks and tenant criminal checks.