July 28, 2016
St. Catharines Landlords – It’s More Important Than Ever Before For Landlords To Choose Good Tenants Including Tenant Credit Checks and Criminal Checks
Successful St. Catharines landlords know the importance of tenants screening, including running tenant credit checks and the Ontario Landlords Association can help you begin.
This was truly brought home last month after a gruesome incident occurred against a small residential landlord.
The story comes from the St. Catharines Standard.
It’s about a landlord who was actually held hostage by his tenant. He had a load gun pointed at this head for nearly an hour in bathroom of the rental apartment.
Tenant Lured Landlord To Rental Property
The tenant rented an apartment from a small family who had had looked after him for a period of time.
The tenant became friendly with the landlord’s son, who was a teen. This led to the tenant giving a gun to the teen and teaching him how to operate it.
No Invitation To A Birthday Party
The tenant was later not invited to the teen’s birthday party and wasn’t happy about it. Because of the lack of an invitation he wanted the gun back.
He purchased another gun and ammunition and plotted his revenge.
He lured the landlord (the teenagers Father) to the rental apartment confined him to the bathroom with a gun loaded and ready.
Fortunately the landlord was eventually let go and the tenant arrested. The family fears for their safety once the tenant is released from jail.
Screen Your Tenants Carefully
This is only example of landlords being threatened or abused simply because they are renting out their property.
We’ve seen other recent cases such as an Alberta landlord who was threatened by a tenant at his office.
Tenant Credit Checks and Criminal Checks
In this day and age landlords need to be extremely careful who you rent to.
You can protect yourself with good tenant screening.
For example, The Toronto Star says you can join a group like the Ontario Landlords Association and begin running credit checks on your tenants.
You can also start running criminal checks to make sure you know who you are renting to with GARDA, a partner providing valuable services to Ontario Landlords Association members.
Landlords Be Careful – Make sure you screen your tenants carefully with tenant credit checks and criminal checks!
Join the Ontario Landlords Association and begin running premium credit checks for only $10/check and start using documents from the Ontario Landlord Rental Kit.