Archive for the ‘Grow Op’ Category

Ontario Landlords Need To Be Protected From Legal Marijuana – Ontario Landlords Association On CTV News, CityNews, National Post, Financial Post

Monday, October 1st, 2018

“I Need The Province To Help Me Be Able To Protect My Tenants, Keep My Rents Low, And Run A Successful Rental Business!”

It wasn’t that long ago the challenges small residential landlords face was rarely in the media. While landlords were dealing with ridiculously unfair rules which allowed clever tenants to manipulate the system, it was all hush-hush.

There was nothing. And small landlords kept getting ripped off and losing thousands of dollars in lost rent and damages.  (And also many stressful sleepless nights).

The Corporate landlords were silent. No one was sticking up for us, the small landlords who have invested our hard-earned money to create high quality rental housing across Ontario.

Things began to change when a landlord who rented to a “Tenant From Hell” became an OLA member and we got the message out loud and clear. This landlord was only one of a string of landlord victims and she wasn’t going to go down without a fight!

It was so shocking that these types of tenants could easily rip-off unsuspecting small landlords that the media noticed and the challenges of small residential Ontario landlords finally started to become known.

(For your information this tenant ended up criminally charged for their actions against small Ontario landlord, which would not have happened without the support of OLA members).

Now landlords face a huge another new challenge.

Ontario Will Treat Marijuana Smoking Like Tobacco Cigarette Smoking

The news Ontario was going to treat the smoking of marijuana similar to simply smoking tobacco was a huge story. The news was that people would be able to smoke weed in public spaces without any worries.  So toke up in parks, soccer fields, and while you are walking down the street.

How Is This Different Than The Previous Rules?

Under the Liberals cannabis was only going to be sold in government controlled stores and people wouldn’t able to smoke it in public places.  The new rules will allow marijuana to be smoked by anyone who is over nineteen years old and where the smoking of tobacco is allowed.

According to the Ontario attorney general: “If you’re able to smoke tobacco in your home the you’ll be able to use cannabis as well.”

“I’m just following the law! Give me a break!”

Ontario Landlords Speak Out

The media were eager to learn from Ontario Landlord Association how landlords viewed the new rules and how they would handle tenants potentially smoking weed in their rental properties.

The Ontario Landlords Association was interviewed by the Canadian Press for CTV News and a member explained why small residential landlords are worried and need to be protected.

Our concerns on legalized recreational marijuana were made clear.

Legal weed will create a lot of big problems for both Ontario landlords and Ontario tenants, including:

1. Conflict Between Tenants Who Smoke Weed and Those Who Are Exposed to Second Hand Marijuana Smoke

2. Important Safety Issues For Those Who Grow Marijuana In Their Rental Units

3. Expensive Clean Up Costs When Cannabis Smokers and Growers Move Out Need

4. We Need A Change In The Residential Tenancy Act For FAST EVICTIONS Of Tenants Smoking Weed Illegally (Within 24 hours)

Getting the Message Our Message Out

The message was loud and clear.  The good news is story and the comments on why landlords need to be protected spread to other important media:

It was picked up by the National Post.

It was on CityNews.

The story also go picked up by the highly influential Financial Post.

Landlords And Our Rental Properties Need To Be Protected

The government has stated their goal is to increase affordable housing and that means encouraging more people to invest in residential rental properties and become landlords.

Landlords need to be able to manage risk, be able to provide safe homes for our tenants and be able to earn some profit in return for managing the property and investing our capital to increase the provincial rental stock.

In the past year the Ontario Landlords Association has worked tirelessly to let everyone know our situation. 

We’ve done this with stories on CTV, CityNews, The National Post, The Financial Post…and also Vice, CBC, Toronto Star, Bloomberg International and more. We have also made sure the Premier and Housing Minister are aware of our concerns with our “Take Action” campaign.

Big changes take time and the new leadership in Ontario has a lot on their plate. Also the landlord/tenant file is a very sensitive one. So let’s keep our message strong and get the changes we need.

As landlords across Ontario agree:

“I Need The Province To Help Me Be Able To Protect My Tenants, Keep My Rents Low, And Run A Successful Rental Business!”

TAKE ACTION! Ontario Landlords Need To Be Protected From Legal Marijuana

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Marijuana Will Be Legal In Canada On October 17th, 2018 And The Current Rules Allow Ontario Tenants To Smoke Weed In Our Rentals and Even Grow Plants!

Experienced, Veteran Ontario Landlords Say This Will Lead To Disaster For Small Landlords Across Ontario.

Other Provinces Have Made Changes To Protect Landlords…And We Need Changes Too!

Ontario Landlords Need To Be Protected From Tenants Smoking Weed In Our Rental Properties and Growing Marijuana Plants. 

We Also Need A New Quick And Efficient Way To Evict Tenants Who Smoke or Grow Causing Huge Problems for Other Tenants In the Unit.

We Need To Protect Landlords, Our Tenants, and Those Investing in Rental Properties in Ontario!

Let Premier Ford and Housing Minister Clark Know We Need Urgent Changes. 

(click the above image to Take Action )

Tenants Start a Grow Op? In Ontario, the Landlord Pays the Bill! 10 Tips To Protect Yourself and Save You Money

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

 November 24th, 2012

If Your Tenants Get Charged For Having a Grow Op in Ontario the Bill Will Go to the Landlord So Make Sure You Read These Tips to Save You a Headache and Money

According to a news article at Yorkregion.com, councillors in Markham, Ontario and York Region Police have come up with a new plan to get landlords to pay the bill for tenants who start grow-ops in a rental property. This is another reason why tenant screening is of vital importance for small landlords.

What are the Details of this Plan?

The goal of the plan is to stop the number of grow-ops in the region.

York Regional Police will first charge the landlord an administration fee of $1,000. This will be part of the fees paid to remove any illegal drugs, fix any tampering with hydro metres, remove booby-traps and vent the home to improve the quality of air in the unit.

Will the Landlord Have to Pay for The Actual Investigation?

No.

The Mayor of Markham Frank Scarpittle said the fees will only be charged for the actual ‘clean up’ of the property

What if the Landlord Doesn’t Pay?

The fees will be sent to the landlord. If the landlord doesn’t pay voluntarily, the bill will be put on their property taxes.

Are Grow Ops a Big Problem in York Region?

Yes.

In 2010 there were 39 grow-ops growign marijuana in York Region.  There were 30 last year and already 23 this year.

Also, there have been 9 illegal chemical grow ops found in the past three years.

How Can A Landlord Know Their Tenants Have a Grow-Op?

A few councillors were hesitant to make landlords responsible when it’s the tenants who control their own utilities. This makes it difficult for landlords to know if there are grow ops in their investment properties.

That’s Right. And Tenants Can Take the Landlord To the Landlord and Tenant Board For Harassment

There are sure signs of an illegal grow-op, such as blacked out windows, no garbage or recycling placed on the curb, lack of snow on the roof and frequent visitors at irregular hours. If you have tenants who you suspect may be up to no good it’s important to get experienced professionals to help you deal with them…before the police do (and you pay).

Here are some tips:

1. Tenant Screening

Make sure you know who you are renting to. If possible, do a check on the potential tenant to see if they have any criminal background.

2. Tenant Insurance

Make sure you see proof tenants have insurance before handing over the key. Put this in your lease.

3. Monitor Your Rental Property

Do regular drive-bys. Make regular inspections part of your lease.

4. Utilities

If your tenants are going to pay for their own utility usage, make sure you know which tenant is going to have the account in their name.

5. Neighbours

Get to know your neighbours. Give them your contact information in case they see anything suspicious going on.

Here are some suspicious things you should always be aware of:

6. Is Anyone Home

If your rental property doesn’t look like anyone is actually living there, it’s a red flag.

7. Visitors

Are there visitors at strange hours?

8. Windows

Are windows (especially in the basement) boarded up?

9. What Stinks?

Are there any strange smells coming from the property?  Particularly anything smelling something similar to a skunk.

10. Hydro Metres

Has anyone messed with the hydro metres?

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The Message is Clear: Ontario Landlords Have More Responsibilities Than Ever Before. Tenants Start a Grow Op and the Landlord Pays. Use these 10 Tips to Avoid Grow Ops In Your Investment Property!