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August 8, 20220

by Al Majauskas

7 Tips For Landlords And Choosing Your Tenants To Avoid Disaster

We get a lot of calls from landlords who need to clean up their property because of tenants who left a mess, hoarded or physical damage and I thought it might be worth doing 7 Tips for Landlords from my own personal successful tenant management program. This will avoid common mistakes landlords make choosing tenants and eliminate the expensive cleaning up and repairing from nightmare tenants that could have been avoided.  

  1. Advertising
    1. Price it 10% below market rent – avoids tenants doing value shopping and moving out all the time.
  2. Applications – use a professional tenant application form and MUST get:
    1. Official letter from employer on company letterhead, signed and dated stating good standing and number of years employed – less than 2 years ask for previous employer.
    2. Bank letter stating good standing.
    3. Permission to do a credit check – then do it.
    4. Name of present landlord with address, phone number – then call to find out what your prospect was like.
  3. Red Flags that warrant rejecting the application:
    1. Unwilling to provide requested information.
    2. Telling you they will move in NOW with cash.
  4. Sorting through applications:
    1. Choose the 3 best applicants
    2. Arrange to visit them at their current home to see their housekeeping standards. If they refuse, reject their application.
    3. When you arrive ask to see their driver licence to verify this is their actual current home – for couples, both should provide driver licence with same address – if they refuse, reject them and leave.
    4. They may charm you, but this is business – get past that and be rational – use your Spidey senses – do you want them as tenants.
  5. Signing the lease.
    1. Make sure you use a professional lease.
  6. Collecting rent – make sure your prospect understands the following and which should be in the lease:
    1. Etransfer by the 1st – not a minute later.
    2. Day 2 file an eviction notice – this is an important legal step.
    3. Know the landlord tenant act inside out.
  7. Inspections:
    1. Inspect weekly during the 1st month even just a drive-by – are they behaving or signs of property abuse starting.
    2. After one month do monthly furnace filter checks (and inspections) – Are they living like decent human beings or are they slowly turning your home into a landfill site inside and out.
    3. After 6 months you will know they are good tenants or not.

Your property is an investment that can be destroyed less than a year and cost you $10,000 or more to cleanup and repair.

Remember, being a landlord is a business – keep your tenant relations professional and don’t get “emotionalled” when you have to turf them out.

Use my 7 Tips and you will be a happy landlord.

Thank you and good luck.

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September 30, 20210

by Al Majauskas

Is Recycling Worthwhile?

“Very little is actually salvaged”

Recycling salvages and reuses a lot from recycled products.

Electronics has plastic, glass and valuable metals used to make new electronics.

Recycled tires are used in roofing tiles, playground surfaces, road construction, picnic tables, parking lot curbs, posts, etc.

Paint cans leftover latex paint is recycled to create new paint. Leftover oil-based paints are reused in fuel and paint cans are melted down for use in metal products.

Engine oil is re-refined in petroleum-based products, including new lubricating oil, heating oil, and asphalt.

Wood becomes chips for ground cover and mulch and sawdust becomes fertilizer.

Paper and cardboard become, well, paper and cardboard over and over. Simple.

Plastic becomes many products from new bottles to car parts and building materials.

Glass has many uses including all things glass and building materials.

Metal is melted down and little is wasted – metal today is metal forever.

 

 “Transporting recycled goods results in more pollution”

The benefits of transporting recycling outweigh any negative effects.

 

“Recycling is more expensive than throwing items away”

Done properly it is cost-effective and cheaper than disposal programs and means not having to mine it which saves much more in the environment.

 

“Recycled electronics get shipped to foreign countries and are taken apart in unsafe environments”

In Alberta, nothing gets shipped out and is disassembled by professional electronics processors right here in Alberta following strict standards to ensure safety for everyone involved.

 

It’s Worth it to Keep Recycling!

As you can see, recycling works so what you throw out has new life as it gets transformed into new things over and over again.

 

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May 19, 20210

by Al Majauskas

Don’t get me wrong – I believe in recycling – but we are deceived if we think it’s as holy as we’re led to think. It’s not. Recycling is mostly political deception and at worst, a scam. That doesn’t mean stop recycling. It does mean know the facts. Most Canadian cities are sincerely trying to maintain curbside recycling as an essential service. If anything, the quantity of residential recyclables has mushroomed over time. And most people want to be good citizens and follow the recycling rules. It’s the quality that’s the problem..

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April 23, 20210

by Al Majauskas

Don’t get me wrong – I believe in recycling – but we are deceived if we think it’s as holy as we’re led to think. It’s not. Recycling is mostly political deception and at worst, a scam. That doesn’t mean stop recycling. It does mean know the facts. Most Canadian cities are sincerely trying to maintain curbside recycling as an essential service. If anything, the quantity of residential recyclables has mushroomed over time. And most people want to be good citizens and follow the recycling rules. It’s the quality that’s the problem..