How do I screen my tenant before I give them my house?

You must ask your tenant questions on which you may decide whether you should give your unit for rent. For instance, you can ask about the income, credit check, references and a cosigner. The landlords should check the source of income of the tenant by asking about his source of income. If the tenant works for a reputable company, you can be confident that he would be able to pay you on time. It’s important to note that as a Landlord you should steer away from personal questions such as sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background and relationship status of people.

 

Can I enter the unit to inspect everything is in order or to change /add new locks?

You must communicate with the tenant before entering his unit, and at any time the tenant invites you may enter the unit. Usually, you need to give the Landlord a 24-hour notice before entering the unit for reasons such as repairs or inspection. Only in rare circumstance, the Landlord can enter without notice such as an emergency fire. Failure to do so will amount to illegal entry and the tenant can report to the Rental Housing Enforcement Unit.

 

Do I need to repair the damaged appliances at home?

Yes, as a Landlord you are responsible for the repair of the damaged appliances you provided to the tenant. You should exercise your discretion to see if the appliances were damaged due to regular usage or it was damaged due to the carelessness of the tenant. In case the appliances were damaged without any carelessness of the tenant then it’s your responsibility to repair it so that the tenant can enjoy the services.

 

I am not physically present to do the repairs or oversee it as I live in another city.

You can work out an arrangement with the tenant. For instance, you can ask him to do the repairs and later reimburse him by transferring the money.

 

My tenant has damaged the ceilings and has made various changes in the unit without my approval. I want to evict him before he does any more damage.

There is an N5 notice which can be issued to the tenant if he has caused damage to the unit. This N5 gives the tenant seven days to cancel the notice by repairing or paying the damages to you. It's best to settle it with the tenant through an agreement. If not, then the board will decide what actions should be taken.

 

I want to repair the unit, but the tenant is refusing to move out. What should I do?

If you want to repair the unit you have a few options, you can offer him another unit or compensate him. However, if the tenant still refuses to move out, then you can issue him a notice N13. This notice should be given 120 days before the date you have decided to start the repair.

 

I want to sell my unit but I have tenants in the given unit. The buyer’s family also wants to move in the unit.

It’s important to understand that when you sell your unit to a buyer he takes in the role of a landlord, and the tenancy continues. Now if he wants to move in you can give a notice to the tenant based on N12 form ‘The notice should be on a form called Notice to End your Tenancy Because the Landlord, a Purchaser or a Family Member Requires the Rental Unit – Form N12’.

 

I have sent an N12 notice, but the tenant is refusing to move out.

If you and the tenant fail to come to an agreement the issue will be heard at the board. The board will judge the issue based on the intention of you or your family or the purchaser’s or his family’s intention to move into the place.

 

Do I need to compensate the tenant?

Yes, it’s important to compensate the tenant If you or the purchasers of your property intends to move in. The compensation could be one month rent or moving the tenant into another unit if available.