Canayjun at greaterfool.ca 12 Feb 2011 4:47pm – “The numerous first time landlords, that arose from the enormous level of spec buying in past two years, are an interesting bunch. They have no clue what they are doing. The four I have negotiated a lease with recently, all believed they were going to buy in and flip the property for a quick profit of $20,000 to $50,000.
None of them knows how to be a landlord. One gave back the damage deposit, not mine, the previous tenant’s, (minus $200), then tallied up the costs to repair the damage (which totalled $600). He was informed by his realtor (who did a market evaluation for him), that he rented us the condo far below market value. I thought it was a good deal. And apparently it was a good deal. Good for us.
Another newbie landlord didn’t know how to fill out the rental agreement forms. I had to do it for them. Another landlord thought they could store whatever they wanted in our back yard, after we moved in. We actually got into arguments over it. They didn’t understand that the house and yard was now ours, not theirs.
Another landlord increased the rent by the allowable amount in BC, then threatened to kick us out if we didn’t sign another one year lease–totally illegal. When he realized he couldn’t kick us out for not signing another lease, he offered to reduce the rent to its original amount if we signed another lease.
Another landlord thought he would store dump trucks on the unused/unoccupied portion of the property on our current acreage rental. I already shut down the dump truck storage (30 trucks) that was beside us on the neighbours property by complaining to city hall. So our landlord thought he could move in 50 dump trucks and store them on the other side of us to make some money. Never going to happen.
Another landlord deposited our rent cheque into the wrong bank account, apparently he has several bank accounts, and then demanded another rent cheque to cover the “missing” rent from August. It took five hours to make him understand he wasn’t missing any rent.
This is what it’s like dealing with newbie landlords.
It’s so much better to rent through a management company. On high end properties they are very, very willing to fix things quickly. And we are currently renting three high end properties.
But these are all minor worries really. My two big worries are if they are going to sell at lease renewal time and whether they might end up in foreclosure.
In reality, my worst case scenario is having to move before I want to, and even that is not the end of the world.”