Alberta Landlord Sues Tenants For Damages Over $100,000!
Over the past few weeks we’ve read a lot about the challenges facing six B.C. landlords who have faced tenants who lie to landlords to get accepted and after they move in they don’t pay a cent of rent.
This couple has a well-prepared story and has a knack to get small landlords to avoid conducting tenant credit checks as part of their screening process (a big mistake as they have learned).
It’s a good warning call for landlords everywhere.
Bad Tenants Close to Home
Unfortunately there is another must-read story from CBC news regarding the situation in Alberta.
It’s about a Calgary Landlord who found his tenants decided to build a marijuana grow-op in his rental.
The damages from the grow-op are more than $100,000!
The landlord is Steve Habbi.
He put up a rental ad online and a couple of tenants replied in 2010. The couple seemed very ‘nice’ and very ‘enthusiastic’ to rent the property with their son who liked the elementary school just across the street from the rental property.
Habbie like the couple, felt comfortable with them, and decided to rent to them.
Flash Forward A Year
Not even a year had passed and Habbi saw something had gone wrong.
While arriving home from a long day at work he saw what looked like a SWAT team assault on his rental home!
He saw police in full gear raiding the home because they found a pretty large scale grow-op in the property basement.
The Calgary police found over two hundred plants with a huge street value.
Eventually only one of the tenants was convicted and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.
The problem is Landlord Habbi’s losses are far more than just $10,000.
He is now having to sue the ex-tenants to try to recover his losses. It’s doubtful he will see any money from his former tenants/drug-dealers.
Tenant Credit Checks
The landlord thought he had done good tenant screening by checking the references the tenants provided.
This included an employment reference.
But it wasn’t good enough, as his damages of $105,000 and the two hundred pot plants in his rental prove.
Always include a tenant credit check as part of your tenant screening process.
A tenant credit check will show you current and past addresses of prospective tenants and a lot more.
Landlords who conduct credit checks get information far beyond a smile, a nice story and checking references.
Alberta Landlords Association – No Annual Membership Fee!
You can join the Alberta Landlords Association for a one-time fee of only $99 and get access to TVS premium credit checks.
The TVS checks are incredibly helpful for landlords.
You can get set up fast with the TVS toll-free number for ALA members and start doing credit checks from your own home computer for only $10/check!
Each check will provide you with a ton of information on tenants before you rent to them.
It includes a credit score, employment, addresses and a recommendation whether or not you should rent to them.
It’s a deal that can’t be beat!
Compare the Prices for Membership
The Alberta Landlords Association charges only a one-time fee of $99 to get all their great services and the tools landlords need to succeed like TVS and Equifax.
Let’s compare that to:
1. Calgary Residential Rental Association
They charge landlords $145/year!
That means you to continue to pay the large fee each year. This is far too expensive for many small landlords.
2. Edmonton Apartment Association
For landlords with 1-9 units it’s $100/year. Again, they want you to pay, pay and pay each year.
Alberta Landlord Membership Is A Winning Proposition!
Protect yourself and your rental property business with a low one-time fee and access to terrific tenant credit checks.
Make sure you rent to great tenants and avoid the pros (and the criminals!)
Take advantage of a deal that can’t be beat for Alberta landlords