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GR84_Square_3-29-18 The Problem-Child Tenant: When to Cut Them Loose
It’s time to send a renewal to that tenant who ruins your day! Before you decide whether to renew, take a closer look at the problem to see if it can be fixed during the renewal process. Read More »
GR83_Square Are you worried about renting out your property after reading the horror stories?
As a landlord, social media may be an invaluable resource for you. Any problem that can be imagined has probably been encountered by some other property owner at some point. You can also learn from other people’s lessons, rather than living it yourself. But how can you use a critical eye to separate useful advice from distractions? Read More »
New Brunswick Landlord-Tenant Law Summary

What types of leases are permitted in New Brunswick?
The only lease permitted in New Brunswick is the standard form New Brunswick Residential Lease Agreement. This lease is a prescribed form that contains the specific rules and obligations that the landlord and tenant must follow while abiding New Brunswick law. The landlord and tenant must sign two copies, and each must keep a copy. What are the laws regarding a security deposit?
Security deposits are paid in the beginning of a tenancy. A landlord may only charge an amount equal to one weeks rent for a weekly tenancy. In a month to month, year to year, or fixed term tenancy; the landlord may charge no more than the amount equal to one months rent. All deposits must be paid to the Office of the Rentalsman. When is the landlord permitted to enter the rented premises?
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Nova Scotia Landlord-Tenant Laws Summary
Is there a prescribed lease form for Nova Scotia landlords? Yes, if a landlord decides to have a written agreement they must use the Nova Scotia Standard Form of Lease. The landlord may not start a tenancy unless a copy of the Nova Scotia Residential Tenancies Act is given to the tenant within 10 days. Must a landlord conduct a walk through inspection of the rental premises? It is not requiredRead More »
Yukon Landlord-Tenant Law Summary

Is it mandatory to have a written lease in Yukon? It is not required to have a written lease, but it is strongly recommended for landlords and tenants alike. Yukon Territory allows oral, written, express, or implied agreements. If the tenancy agreement is written, it must be signed by both parties. A duplicate copy must be delivered to the tenant within 21 days after both the landlord and tenant sign the agreement.

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Quebec Landlord-Tenant Law Summary
Are written rental agreements required?
Quebec does not require a written agreement. If a landlord decides to have a written rental agreement it MUST be the official Quebec-approved form. These forms are ONLY sold in the offices of the Régie du Logement and in Quebec bookstores. If a landlord decides to do an oral agreement, they must give the tenant the form “Mandatory Writing” within 10 days from the start of tenancy. This formRead More »
Northwest Territories Landlord-Tenant Law Summary
Is a written rental agreement required?
No, it is not legally mandatory to have a written rental agreement, but it will help avoid landlord-tenant disputes and ambiguities, and prevent false claims and lawsuits. Can landlords charge tenants a security deposit?
Landlords may charge a security deposit in the Northwest Territories. When charging a security deposit in a weekly tenancy, the deposit may be no more than one weeks rent. In tenancies where theRead More »
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Recent Educational Articles

sq WARNING! Problem Tenant Ahead: 5 Red Flags
When choosing a new tenant, it can be difficult to navigate the information overload that confronts you. You must analyze each tenant's work history, references, number of occupants, and the like. Here are five red flags that can act as shortcuts, and weed out some potentially problematic renters. While these aren’t 100 percent accurate all of the time, they will save you from headaches most of the time! If your prospect does any of these things, take a step back and ask yourself, is it worth the risk? Read More »
FSBO_invest_purchase Does Selling Your House FSBO Really Save Money?
Selling 'for sale by owner' does not guarantee more profit in your pocket just because you are saving on realtor costs. Furthermore, while some FSBO do work out well, they are not all equal, as they depend on the house and the market. Read More »
Halloween_Decoration-Housesq Tenants Overdoing Halloween Decorations?
A realistic dummy laid on a lawn in Michigan each Halloween caused panic when passersby didn’t realize it was a prank. Many thought someone was seriously hurt and called 911 as the homeowner giggled inside the house. A much more gruesome scene, hosted each October on a front porch in Texas, included a child’s crib filled with zombie babies. And, in Illinois, a homeowners association felt compelled to enact new rules about Halloween displays after receiving complaints about a home whose decorations included 2,000 lights that blazed for weeks. Read More »
GR84_Square_3-29-18 The Problem-Child Tenant: When to Cut Them Loose
It’s time to send a renewal to that tenant who ruins your day! Before you decide whether to renew, take a closer look at the problem to see if it can be fixed during the renewal process. Read More »
GR77_Square Does Accepting Prepaid Rent Make Sense?
More and more tenants are requesting to pay their rents all at once, for many reasons. Whether they just sold their house, or they want to offer a lump sum due to a poor credit rating, the occasional tenant may want to put a large quantity of cash in your hand. While that sounds like a dream come true, it is important to evaluate why the tenant is requesting this, and if this makes sense for you. Read More »
GR81_Square_2-27-18 How to Appreciate Depreciation
Depreciation is a tool used by landlords to lower their overall tax bill. It is a deduction that must be paid back when you sell your property, whether you have claimed it on your taxes or not. Read More »
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