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Barrie Ontario Landlord Warns Others about Their Legal Problems

November 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments · tenant screening

 

There was a very heart-felt letter in a Barrie, Ontario newspaper. A Barrie landlord who is now living in British Columbia wants other Barrie landlords to know about her landlord legal problems and to make sure you hire a great property management company!

There are lots of lessons to be learned from this letter.  For example, make sure you choose a good property management company that does proper credit checks before putting tenants in your rental property.

Here is her letter.

It Begins…

This is a question our family has been forced to look at this past year. This is also a huge warning to potential landlords.

Where Was Her Rental Property Located?

We have had a home in Barrie and paid taxes to the city of Barrie for over 18 years now. Last year our family returned out west to work.

How Did They Plan to Manage the Property?

We engaged a very large property management company in Barrie to lease our home. Its fees were called ‘Full service’ and its brochure advertised ‘Peace of Mind’.

This could not have been further from the truth.

What Happened?

The tenants placed in our home had bad credit, a very bad history of past evictions in Barrie and were known to the police. We then discovered the only reference that this company did have was a phone call to the tenants’ aunt.

That Is Terrible Tenant Screening! It Usually Leads to Big Problems for the Landlord.

Did the Landlord Complain?

When alerted, the company kindly gave us 30 days notice and left us on the other side of the country to deal with it. We then went through the legal process to have these people move off the property.  She didn’t hire a property management company offering high quality landlord services.

Of course, when we questioned as to ‘Why?’ people that have been evicted multiple times should be allowed to go through the system on a continual basis and hurt other families, we were told, ‘It was private and confidential.’

Did They Evict the Tenants For Non-Payment?

The day before eviction, County of Simcoe stepped in and paid the tenants’ bill in full.

Yikes!

In a nutshell, Ontario Works funded people, known to the police who do not pay one penny in rent, do not pay any utilities (which, we have been told will be added to our taxes) and do not even cut their grass.

What’s the Situation Recently?

We are now into August. The tenants continue to live for free and we are now faced with going through the whole legal process again.

How Much Has This Cost the Landlords?

We now have more than 8,000 in debts and legal fees. Who pays our bills?

Our family is close to financial ruin.

Has the Government Helped the Landlord?

The government offices have offered no assistance whatsoever to our family.

The local MPs were not interested, the city is not interested.

The final irony; the insurance companies are now revoking policies to people who live out of province and have rental properties.

The government is crying there is not enough housing.

What Do The Landlords Think About Being Landlords In Ontario?

We will never rent again and we could lose our home because of it. If there is damage done to our property, who should be held responsible. The property management company? The County of Simcoe? What is wrong with the system?

There is a great deal wrong when funding goes to those, who year after year, live dishonestly and are rewarded for their deeds.

Landlords, the warning is clear!  Make sure you hire high quality rental property management companies to take care of your rental properties.

 

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