September 24th, 2013
We had prepared to post about the great news out of Hamilton.
Hamilton landlords stuck together, created noise, and played a key role in stopping landlord licensing.
It’s about a landlord facing a nightmare situation.
Landlord Victimized By Bad Tenant
The situation going on now in Alberta is something we haven’t seen before.
Owning Rentals In Alberta
Alberta is known for having some of the more fair laws for landlords in Canada.
Fair laws such as allowing damage deposits and ‘no security of tenancy’ rules. This means a negotiated lease agreed to and signed by both the landlord and tenant carries weight in unlike in Ontario.
This leads to lots of success stories and happy landlords in Alberta.
However, for those who don’t do proper tenant screening problems still arise.
Freemen On The Land
Rebekah Caverhill owns a nice duplex in a great area of Calgary, Alberta.
In 2011 she agreed to rent to Andreas Pirelli based on the recommendation of a friend. He said he was a handyman and she agreed to let him move in in exchange for three months of contracting work.
Pirelli moved in and began abusing his landlord and the rental property, including:
1. Changing the locks without the landlords’ permission
2. Completely gutting the bathroom and the kitchen
3. Painting the bedrooms black
He also informed this landlord he would only pay half of his monthly agreed to rent of $1,500 because the work he did on the home was suddenly to cost $26,000.
Pirelli had declared himself a member of what’s called Freemen-on-the-land.
This is a movement which believes they don’t have to follow the law if they declare themselves to be sovereign citizens.
Don’t Let This Happen To You
Rebekah Caverhill was taken advantage of and is paying a hefty price. Is it fair? Of course not.
She rented to a tenant based on trust and the recommendation of a friend.
Unfortunately in this day and age you need to do more before handing over the keys.
Being a successful landlord means starting out right. This means doing credit checks and other tenant screening to make sure you know who is coming into your property.
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