Weed Legalization: 2 Major Challenges for Landlords

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Weed Legalization: 2 Major Challenges for Landlords

Weed is now legal or decriminalized for recreational or medical use in Canada and 18 state in the United States.
Landlords, are you ready?

Weed (also known as cannabis, pot, marijuana, reefer, grass, doobie, joint), is now legal or decriminalized for recreational use or medical use in Canada and 18 states in the United States (US). This could potentially present some challenges for landlords, rental property owners and property managers.

With this change, there are two major challenges that landlords need to consider:

  • tenants smoking weed in the property; and
  • tenants growing weed in the property

Landlord Responsibility

As landlords and property managers, we need to be proactive in addressing these concerns with our tenants. We have a responsibility to educate our tenants. This is important so that we can create awareness and set expectations with our tenants. We spend some time discussing this in my courses 8 Simple Rules for Landlords and The Secret to Happy and Long-Term Tenants.

If we don’t communicate our expectations and rules to our tenants, then we can’t expect our tenants to follow the rules. By not setting expectations with our tenants we are increasing the likelihood of conflict in our relationship with our tenants. And this can also extend to our neighbours, and to the condo association/homeowner’s association.

With the change to the law, we are likely to see an increase in the number of tenants consuming weed. And there may also be those who will grow their own. While we can’t stop our tenants from consuming and growing weed, we can educate and set expectations.

The fire of 2014

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For me, personally, as a landlord I am concerned about smoking within the unit. In the summer of 2014, a massive fire ripped through a condo complex where I owned a unit. The fire was caused by an improperly disposed cigarette. It displaced nearly 400 people, including my tenants and caused over $10 million in damages. Thank God everyone made it out safely. But it took almost 2 years before all the residents could return.

Consuming Weed

Since that time, I am always weary and overcautious when it comes to smoking in the property. The expectation that I have set with my tenants is that no form of smoking, e-cigarette, cigar, pipe, hookah or marijuana can be consumed within the unit. They are however, allowed to smoke it on the balcony, deck or patio, but even then, I have rules surrounding that. If they are smoking, they cannot leave their lit joint or cigarette unattended and they must properly extinguish the butt in a glass or pot of water before disposing it in the garbage. In my rules documentation, I specify that butts or ashes must never be flushed down the toilet, sink or drain and must never be disposed of in the grass, shrubs or potted plants around the property.

Growing Weed

Now you can ban your tenant from growing weed in the property. However, depending on the laws in your region, you might not be able to enforce it. It is important to have an open conversation with your tenant. Educate them on the risks of growing weed in the unit; for example risks of mold growth, property damage, impact to their renters insurance, the smell, etc.

As landlords, this means that we will need to be more vigilant in conducting more frequent inspections of our properties to check up on tenants and ensure that they are not growing weed in the unit.

Communicate Expectations

For landlords, communicating and making sure that your tenant understands your expectations will go a long way to paving a path towards a strong and amicable relationship with your tenants. It will reduce the risk of conflict during the tenancy and will lower the chances of accidental damage to the property.

If you need help with crafting your rules document or setting expectations with your tenants, feel free to reach out, I’m always happy to help. Send me a message to get started.
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Property Management Best Practice 1: Pay attention to the simple little things

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Simple little things make a huge difference

Property Management Best Practice 1: Pay attention to the simple little things

I made 10 profound observations that are important property management best practices for landlords during my summer 2018 European vacation. The first best practice is Landlords need to pay attention to the simple little things.

This article is the first of ten property management best practices for landlords based on my observations from my summer 2018 European vacation.

The long journey to Barcelona

My wife, Salima, and I were at a wedding in Edmonton on September 8th. I was the emcee for the afternoon ceremonies and from there Salima and I rushed to the airport for our 5pm flight to Amsterdam. The flight was an 8hr flight to Amsterdam, with a short layover and then a 2-hour flight to Barcelona. We got into Barcelona at about 3pm on September 9th. We were exhausted.

Salima had pre-arranged all of our transfers for the trip (one of the perks of having an experienced travel agent who takes care of everything).

Oops…

Our driver picked us up from the airport and dropped us at our hotel. The Yurbban Trafalgar. We have never stayed at the hotel, let alone been to Barcelona before. Our driver took our luggage into the hotel and we followed. When we got inside the hotel, I gave our name for the reservation, but they didn’t have that name on their reservations list. “Are you sure you are staying here at the Yurbban Passage Hotel and Spa and not at the Yurbban Trafalgar?” the hotel attendant asked. Oops…we were at the wrong hotel. Luckily the Yurbban Trafalgar was just next door. Phew!

Yurbban to the rescue

Now the hotel attendant could have told us to go next door, but they didn’t. They took our luggage and walked us over to the Yurbban Trafalgar and helped us to get checked in. Salima had also booked a mobility scooter for herself which was dropped off at the hotel. It was parked in the parking garage. Once again, they could have told us to go down to the parking garage to pick it up, but they didn’t. The attendant went and picked up the scooter and brought it to the front desk and then escorted us to our room.

After a long journey from Edmonton, Canada to Barcelona, Spain, the staff at both Yurbban locations held out an olive branch and through their actions told us don’t worry, we will take care of you. This was a huge relief. The Yurbban understood how the small little things makes a huge difference.

Check-out

When we were checking out of the hotel a couple of days later, two hotel attendants from the hotel came out to help us. They took our luggage to the vehicle. They directed the driver to bring the vehicle closer to the curb so that it would be easier for Salima to get into the vehicle; and they didn’t walk away until our luggage was in the trunk and we were safely seated in the vehicle.

Simple little things

These are simple little things, that can make or break our experience as guests. They didn’t have to do it, but they did it anyways. It shows that they care about their guests, about their experience. We, as guests, felt safe. We felt that the Yurbban cared about us as guests, even when we were leaving the hotel. Both Salima and I left feeling that when we come back to Barcelona, we will definitely stay at the Yurbban Trafalgar again.

As landlords, the simple little things can make a huge difference to our tenants. These little things can tremendously impact our tenant’s experience and their happiness. If the tenant feels cared for, feels safe, is happy in their home that they are renting from you, then you have the makings of a good long-term tenant.

Simple little things like saying please and thank you, returning your tenant’s phone call, actually listening to the tenant, appreciating your tenant. These are small little things that you can do that don’t cost you very much, if anything, but can go a long way to creating a positive, long-term relationship with your tenants.

In the next article, Property Management Best Practice 2: Landlords must have a tenant first approach, I will share the observations that I made about our drivers in Barcelona and how their actions and their service differed drastically from the experience we had with one driver in Santorini.


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10 property management best practices from my European vacation

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10 property management best practices from my European vacation

10 property management best practices from my European vacation

I made 10 profound observations that are important property management best practices for landlords during my summer 2018 European vacation. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing these best practices.

Let me start off by telling you a little about the trip.

About the trip

My wife, Salima Hirani, is a travel agent with Expedia CruiseShipCenters Terwillegar. Being in the industry, Salima needs to travel to learn about the various products, services and destinations. Of course, I hop along for the ride – lucky me!

This trip was a 19-day European vacation that started with 2 nights in Barcelona, followed by a 10 day cruise on the Azamara Pursuit through the Mediterranean that ended in Athens. From Athens we flew to Santorini for 2 nights and then off to Paris for 3 nights. And a couple of days allowance for travel to and from Europe.

What a trip this was!

In the 19-days, Salima and I travelled through 5 European countries (Spain, France, Monaco, Italy and Greece) and visited 13 cities, towns and villages through Europe:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Saint-Tropez, France
  • Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Livorno, Italy
  • Pisa, Italy
  • Civitavecchia (Rome Port), Italy
  • Amalfi, Italy
  • Giardini (Siciliy), Italy
  • Nafplio, Greece
  • Athens, Greece
  • Kamari Beach (Santorini), Greece
  • Oia (Santorini), Greece
  • Paris, France

If I had to pick my 5 favourite places that we visited, it would be Barcelona, Saint-Tropez, Monte Carlo, Amalfi and Santorini.

Property Management Best Practices

I’m an observer. I’ve always been that way. I analyze what I see. I incorporate the good and learn from the bad. And on this trip there were a lot of observations. These observations were confirmations of property management best practices for landlords that I’d like to share with you over the next few weeks.

  1. Landlords need to pay attention to the simple little things
  2. Property Management Best Practice 2: Landlords must have a tenant first approach

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When life gives you S#!T, you make Kool-Aid!

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When life gives you S#!T, you make Kool-Aid!

Samuel L. Jackson teaches us about resilience in the Hitman’s Bodyguard.

I recently watched the movie Hitman’s Bodyguard with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. I didn’t go in with high hopes, but I was surprised that I actually did enjoy this movie.

There was one scene in the movie where Jackson’s character says to Reynold’s character, “You know, when life gives you s#!t, you make Kool-Aid.”

That really struck a chord with me. As landlords, we do not have control over everything in our business. We don’t control what our tenants will do, we don’t have control over the neighbors, we don’t have control over the condo association, we don’t have control over the law, but there is one thing we do have control over…OURSELVES!

We have control over our actions. We have control over how we respond to a situation. And our response can impact our tenant’s experience and their happiness.

Things happen that are beyond our control and sometimes, no matter how much we plan and try to control our environment, s#!t happens. But we can’t just blow a gasket or let ourselves become paralyzed into non-action and ignore the situation. We need to keep moving forward. This is called resilience. Resilience is you ability to bounce back from a challenge or a problem. And your ability to be resilient can help build your credibility, and have a tremendous impact on the respect your tenant has for you.

Landlords! Be strong. Be brave. Be resilient!

BTW – if you are looking to learn about how you can positively impact your tenant’s experience check out “The Secret to Happy and Long-Term Tenants.”
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Customize your rental lease agreement in 5 minutes

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Did you know that you can customize your rental lease agreement in 5 minutes?

Check out this great online resource to customize any legal document, like your rental lease agreement, in minutes!

Your rental lease agreement has a very critical role to play in your rental property business. The lease helps you to define your relationship with your tenant, it sets expectations, outlines the tenant’s responsibilities and provides both the landlord and the tenant with proof of details in the event of a misunderstanding or breach of contract. But for your agreement to be effective it needs to be done right.

You can certainly go to a lawyer and ask them to draft a lease agreement for you, but if you want to save yourself a little cash, A great way to get started in creating or refining your rental lease agreement is to use law depot. Law Depot has been providing quality legal documents since 2001. Law Depot has an extensive library of legal forms that have been developed by their team of lawyers. LawDepot specializes in do-it-yourself legal documents, including real estate, business, financial, estate, and family legal forms and contracts. Their online tool allows you to customize any legal document like a lease agreement, download and print it out on the spot in 5 minutes for a fraction of the cost.

Follow the appropriate link below to get started in creating your rental lease agreement:

Law Depot USA
Law Depot Canada
Law Depot UK
Law Depot Australia

Once you’ve drafted your lease agreement, I recommend that you consult with a lawyer to review it to ensure that you have complied with your local laws and addressed any risks in your own lease agreements.

BTW – if you haven’t already, get my mini-book, “12 Key Terms that will TRANSFORM your rental lease agreements.”


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