Did you hear about the Landlord who was fined $12K for wearing his shoes in his tenant’s home?
I came across an article where a landlord was fined $12,000 for wearing his shoes in his tenant’s home.
In this video I am going to share 3 basic rules that every landlord must follow to protect themselves and to keep their tenant’s happy.
Hi, I am Ali Alidina, founder of Landlord Simplified where I share my learnings, experiences and my best practices to help you overcome the learning curve in your rental property business.
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The article said that the tenants used their bedroom as a prayer space and repeatedly requested that the landlord remove his shoes before entering the bedroom to show the property. The landlord didn’t comply and felt that the tenants were imposing their religious beliefs on him. A Canadian human rights tribunal disagreed with the Landlord and ordered him to pay a $12,000 fine to the tenants on the grounds of religious discrimination.
Now there are 3 basic rules that every landlord must follow to reduce the risk of finding themselves in a similar situation.
I’m going to walk through those 3 rules right now.
The first rule is respect. While the landlord owns the property, the minute they rent out the property it becomes the tenant’s home. As a landlord, you need to shift your perspective once you have rented out the property. That home is now the tenant’s sanctuary. It is a place where you want the tenant to feel comfortable and safe. Many people create sacred spaces in their homes, like the tenants in the article. To keep it sacred the people set boundaries and rules around that space. As the landlord you need to respect the tenant’s space and their wishes and requests surrounding that space.
This leads us into the second rule – operate your rental properties like a business and provide great customer service. You can’t grow a sustainable business without happy customers. For landlords, your customers are your tenants. If you treat your tenants with respect and provide them with great customer service, you will cultivate happy tenants. And most happy tenants tend to turn into good, long-term tenants.
The final rule is to familiarize yourself with the local laws. The laws set boundaries and help you to understand your rights and responsibilities as a landlord. Having a good grasp of the law will guide you and protect you as a landlord and it will better prepare you for setting expectations with your tenants.
- Respect your tenants;
- Operate your rental properties like a business and provide great customer service; and
- Have a good grasp of the local law. These three basic rules will protect you as a landlord and keep your tenants happy.
Now if you are feeling stuck, stressed, or overwhelmed in your rental property business feel free to reach out.
Until next time, I’m Ali Alidina for Landlord Simplified, keeping it simple.
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Ali AlidinaAli founded LandlordSimplified.com where he shares his learnings, experiences and his best practices to help rental property owners to overcome the learning curve in their rental property business.