Read Before You Rent… – “In my 25 years of renting apartments in Canada, I’ve never before had this trick pulled on me.”

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In my 25 years of renting apartments in Canada, I’ve never had this trick pulled on me.

We found this lovely place last March.
When we signed the lease, the landlady had pre-ticked the box that said we would vacate after our one-year term.
We said “oh no, we’re looking for a place to live long term. We’d like to go month-to-month after that.”
She said she would negotiate a new lease with us next year and that this is how she does things.

We very soon found out why…

Later that spring, I asked her if I could put in a garden and she said I could put pots on the conrete and slabs where I have put pots.
After I invested $500, and the garden was in full bloom, she said I had to redue to 2 pots – one each slab.
We refused and stood up for ourselves, as the garden gave us and all of our neighbours great pleasure and no problem.
She backed down at the time, but now refuses to negotiate a new lease with us.

We paid our rent on time every single month. PLUS we asked permission for our garden first, and she said yes!

We arent going to bother going to the rental tenancy board.
Shorly after moving in, we watched her do this to a young professional couple who were 8 months pregnant at the time, and the adjudicator at their hearing said “you shouldn’t have signed the lease with the vacate box ticket – I can’t help you.”
And watch, this woman won’t sign a lease with you any other way.
She wants absolute control and she escalates all situations to anger and tells you to move if you don’t like it.
So, beware.
Lovely home. Horrible landlady.


She’s a master at using this trick to legally force tenants out.
Good Luck!”

[The above care of ‘Aldus Huxtable’, via e-mail, who adds “Spotted whilst out on a walk, one for the archives? An evolved by-product of amateur landlords? Perhaps we will see a lot of speculators resort to odd maneuvers to make the increasing mortgage payments if rates were to increase. Who knows what this landlord’s motives were, but, in a city where renting is propping up the market….”. (Thanks, Aldus. -ed.)]

19 responses to “Read Before You Rent… – “In my 25 years of renting apartments in Canada, I’ve never before had this trick pulled on me.”

  1. Sounds like a fairy tale come to life. I thought the one I’m thinking of in particular was required syllabus in kindergarten.

  2. Sounds like a lease in bad faith to me. I wouldn’t even sign it with the box prechecked… Sorry to hear this happened to you…

    • Aldus Huxtable

      didn’t happen to me, just spotted it on a walk and thought it was worth sharing. As did the tenants who had made the effort of creating some very nice and readable signage to warn any potential tenants who were to be shown the suite.

  3. nobody you know

    Speaking of amateur landlords, I was at the home of one of our clients doing some work last month. He owns about 300 units around town, has them mostly paid off, is in his 80s and lives in the same modest house he raised his kids in. We were there replacing his windows. Anyway, his maid approached me out of the blue and asked me if I wanted to rent an apartment. No, I said, I’m happy where I am. She kept insisting she had a beautiful apartment, the best in the neighbourhood blah blah blah and then she told me where it was.

    Turns out it’s directly across the street from one of his buildings with 110 units, and he rents 1br apts starting at $800. He could cut the rent in half and still make money! And her apartment? It’s a 2006 bubble box. You know, granite, hardwood, stainless steel etc. She needs probably $2000 a month to cover her mortgage, strata fee, tax and so on for a 1br/1ba. And she has no idea that the nice old man she works for is killing her in the rental market.

    There is no way these amateur landlords who pay bubble prices can compete with seasoned investors who bought 10-20-30 years ago. It’s almost pathetic.

  4. “she said I had to redue to 2 pots – one each slab.
    We refused and stood up for ourselves, as the garden gave us and all of our neighbours great pleasure and no problem.
    She backed down at the time, but now refuses to negotiate a new lease with us”.

    rentership does not entitle you to ownership decisions. Far too familiar renter belief

  5. Sorry renter, but I don’t think you are in the right. Unless you have in specifically in a legal agreement, the landlord has the right of law on her side. As an earlier poster mentions, renting does not give ownership rights.

  6. You’re blaming the landlord for your own dumb decision to put your signature to a form you were unhappy with? Seriously?

  7. Come on. You are a renter and therefore need to abide by owner decisions. If you don’t want to, then buy something.

    • YEAH! DRINK THE COOL-AID!!!!!!! We’re getting impatient here.

    • That sounds pretty cut and dry. It’s a partnership between a good renter and a good home-ower. Give a little, take a little. My guy out here is sooo relaxed, makes renting a joy. He keeps the rent ultra cheap because he likes me. I do repairs. I put in all new appliances because he’s so level headed.

      If it’s any consolation to the renter up top, the home-ower will remember you long after you’ve forgotten them. I rented from one hag who looked like she gnawed bones in a cave, trapped in misery. I admitted that I felt sorry for her, no friends, suspicious of everyone. Her eye would start twitching and she nearly blew a valve in her temple. I should send her a ‘thinking of you’ card now that I’m thinking of her.

    • What you meant to say was “if you don’t want to abide by the rental contract that you signed then get a house elsewhere”. Nobody feels sympathetic for crybabies.

  8. House Whisperer

    The reason she did this on your lease because it allows to enter in to a NEW lease at the end of the old lease and possibly raise your rent without worrying about it being classified as a rent increase because its a NEW lease.

    • Yeah that’s it.

      More like she doesn’t want the risk of being stuck with a deadbeat tenant so she reserves the option, should things not work out, to let the lease expire and find new tenants. This isn’t wrong or illegal, it’s the unfortunate situation of someone liking a house so much but not understanding the rules. Not all houses made of candy are worth eating.

      I’ve stated it before: finding a good rental is more difficult than finding a good house because you care about not only the house but also the management.

      • Pretty smart landlady if you ask me. I will keep that idea in mind. Everyone needs a legal loophole for eviction of a bad tenant. If it only costs the time it takes to put a small “tick” in a box to give me insurance then I like it. Sorry, I am on the landladies side.

      • These pretzels are making me thirsty

        I am on land lady’s side. For the simple reason that people should not be dumb and read before signing. True for every aspect of life

    Amateur landlords are amateurs.

  10. The tenants first mistake was agreeing to vacate after 1 year. Your second mistake was not following the landlord’s wishes regarding her property. The landlord then rightly determined that you are a problem tenant and them pulled the emergency cord. She is smart and you are stupid. Too bad, so sad. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

  11. Not sure what this story is doing here… clearly the tenant has no leg to stand on, having signed a fixed term/”will vacate” lease. Renting a place of your own is as big a decision as buying one, you’re spending a significant portion of your earned income here, not buying a pair of jeans. It’s no trick, it’s the law, in black and white. If your lease does not go month-to-month at the end (default behaviour), prepare to move out when it’s up. There is no obligation to enter a new lease, or keep the terms the same. Especially when you’re aware of it, and the landlord wasn’t trying to hide it or be sneaky about it. “This is how she does it.”

    “We arent going to bother going to the rental tenancy board.”

    Pretty much sums it up.

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