Doing Landlord Forms Right From The Beginning
I’ve seen some weird landlord forms and leases over the years from both tenants and landlords.
I’ve had tenants in Alberta show me eviction notices that landlords got for free that refer to rules and laws in different countries, I’ve seen letters from tenants to landlords claiming evictions are illegal due to laws from different provinces and I’ve seen both landlords and tenants lose evictions due to incomplete paperwork or more often, simply the wrong paperwork or forms!
When you’re dealing with a situation involving a property worth several hundred thousand dollars and where a mistake could cost you thousands of dollars and weeks of additional headaches it still amazes me when people try “free” solutions first. these free solutions often end up costing significantly more than doing it right from the beginning.
For those less eager to learn by trial and error, I provide the following solutions.
In Alberta there are two different eviction periods. Most common is the 14 day eviction notice and less common is the 24 hour eviction notice used in cases of potential physical violence against other tenants or you the landlord and/or involving significant damage to a property.
My Alberta eviction forms package not only provides the blank forms you need for either of the two types of eviction notices, but it also includes examples of how to properly fill them out, the proper method of serving them to the tenants and even the next steps you need to take if they don’t leave.
I don’t just give you the forms, I handhold you through the entire process so you get it right from the beginning! Here’s some interesting thoughts for you, less than 2% of the people who click to buy my forms actually purchase them. However, of that 2%, 99% end up evicting their tenant successfully. I bet the same can’t be said of the other 98% who try it of their own.
So, my thought for you, would you rather order my forms and be successful, or be the majority and continue your struggle with your tenants… Your choice
Alberta Lease Packages
A recurring theme of many of the landlords who’ve come to Alberta Eviction is the lack of solid landlord forms like leases, walk throughs and more. Many of the landlords with the most challenges are the ones who just use a verbal lease.
Not having a written lease in place not only leads to confusion when a difficult situation arises, but it also can leave many things that aren’t acceptable to you as a landlord wide open to interpretation that can make things rather unpleasant for you.
At the very least you need a written lease and a walk through report to protect your assets and that will allow you to claim potential damages which can be paid via the tenants security deposit. Without the walk through, claiming any damages is almost impossible so it’s just like giving away money to your tenants and no sensible landlord wants to give their hard earned money away.
I’ve created a basic Alberta Lease Package that includes both of those landlord forms (Alberta Residential Lease and a Tenant Walk Through Checklist) and it also includes a complete walk through of how to use the lease, how to complete the walk through and also has additional tips and suggestions to make your landlord experience easier and less costly.
It’s the minimum I’d recommend it to any new or beginning landlord or someone who just wants to make sure they have a solid set of forms to start with.
For those landlords that are in it for the long haul though, they may want more. For those individuals I’ve created my most popular lease package which includes all the landlord forms from the basic package plus includes a rental application form, pet application forms, utility agreements, phone number templates, and an advanced tips document that explains how to use all the included landlord forms and some additional tips to make landlording even easier.
Did you know that if you’re renting a room to someone you don’t fit under the Residential Tenancy Act? And if you use a lease that refers to the Act it can cause more problems and confusion later if problems arise?
Renting out rooms or a room in your property means disputes or conflicts have to be dealt with through the courts as part of a drawn out process. Having specifics about rules and your rental laid out in a lease package can go a long ways towards making that court process work out in your favour or even allowing you to be dealt with under the Innkeeper’s Act which a is a much more landlord favourable set of rules.
If you’re currently using a generic Residential tenancy act to rent out your room, you need to change that so you’re doing it right form the beginning!
That’s where the basic package can help you. It has the lease and inventory form and a walkthrough of the lease explaining all the terms and information.
This package includes everything from the basic package, but I also include some additional templates to establish house rules, an application form for tenants applying to rent your room and and advanced walk through going into even more detail about the ins and outs of renting out rooms.
If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right, from the beginning!