Archive | October, 2010

28 October 2010 ~ 8 Comments

How to avoid an online rental scam

While most individuals who use Rent Spot have success with renting, from time to time we do receive reports of people attempting to scam our users. It’s very important to use common sense online, here are some tips while using Rent Spot: Deal with people locally that you can meet – follow this one simple […]

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24 October 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Legalizing Secondary Suites

Before I decided to agree with Mayor Nenshi’s policy on secondary suites I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. The secondary suite bylaw requires you to have a permit and you must comply with all necessary Land Use Bylaw rules as well as building and safety requirements in Calgary. After I read […]

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18 October 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Canada’s rental website – more cities

We’ve been busy rolling out more cities in Canada focusing on Ontario. We added Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Brampton, Lethbridge and Windsor to our network of cities on Canada’s rental website – Rent Spot. With the new cities added, we have pretty good coverage of Ontario and Western Canada now. You can find: Toronto apartment rentals […]

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11 October 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Bigger pictures for your rental property

One of the upgrades we did on Rent Spot recently was enlarging the picture view on the property listing page. The pictures are now larger on the page and when you click on the pictures, a photo gallery pops up to scroll through all the pictures. Having pictures make a big difference for renters when […]

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09 October 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Landlord rental property real-time stats

When you create a listing on Rent Spot, the stats are tracked for you on a monthly basis. You can view this on your dashboard when you are logged into the system. Landlords can see how well their listings are doing on a monthly basis. What is showing above are the stats for October. So […]

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07 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Raising Rent

Raising rent. When, how, why? Raising rent was a big deal a couple of years ago in Calgary and other markets when the economy was booming. Rents were going up like crazy and it was definitely a landlords market with rents doubling in some cases. That’s not the case these days. Average rent have come […]

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06 October 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Rental Leases

A rental lease is key in any tenancy and this was confirmed by Chris Souster when I attended a session called “Ask the lawyer: Hot topics for landlords.” During the session there was a lot of questions about what happens when a fixed term lease ends, here are some possible scenarios: At the end of […]

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