30 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

How Landlords of Ontario Rentals Can Make Tenants Feel Secure

As a landlord of Ontario rental properties, you already know that your tenants are entitled to a safe, secure environment.  That means you must do everything reasonably possible to prevent accidents and crime. The good news is that you can do this without spending a fortune.  Here are some tips to assuring tenants in Ontario houses or apartment for rent:

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  1. Make repairs promptly – Any malfunction or problem that is dangerous or harmful to health can be considered a nuisance if it is not fixed in time.  Since you cannot repair a problem that you do not know about, ask your tenants to immediately report any potentially harmful situations.  Be on the lookout for problems such as blocked sewage lines; accumulated rubbish; insect or rodent infestation; leaking toilets, windows and roofs; faulty or fraying wiring; blocked emergency exits; and abandoned cars and appliances.
  2. Be vigilant about monitoring illegal activities – If a tenant is selling, using, making or distributing drugs, you must act promptly or face severe consequences.  Even if the crime occurs without your knowledge, you could be sued and your Ontario rental property could be seized.  So be aware of anyone visiting your tenants at strange hours, and then notify the police.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your “good” neighbourhood is immune from drug activity.
  3. Have fire extinguishers at the ready – Extinguishers filled with pressurised water are for all purpose use.  Remember to also get extinguishers that prevent grease fires from spreading.  This is important as most kitchen fires are caused by grease spatters or drippings.
  4. Communicate with your tenants – If you are courteous and responsible, your tenants will know they can trust you and will be more likely to renew a lease or agreement.  They will also be more likely to recommend you to their friends who are looking to rent in Ontario.

 

MORE INFORMATION

GENERAL

http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/Key_Information/STEL02_111478.html

LANDLORDS’ & TENANTS’ RIGHTS

http://www.ontariotenants.ca/index.phtml

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