This is the fourth and final instalment of “Landlord’s frequently asked questions” . We try and answer these questions to the best of our abilities but in the event of any dispute between yourself and your tenant contact your local Rental Housing Tribunal. They will be able to instruct you on the legal route to follow when dealing with your tenants.
10.What can I as the landlord do if the neighbours complain about my tenant?
All tenants must comply to the house rules of the complex or area they stay in, if they are in violation of these house rules you should be able to implement the cancellation clause in your contract and give your tenant notice. As always it is best to keep a record of your correspondence with the tenant regarding complaints against them and the actions you intend to take.
11.What can I do if I suspect my tenant is doing something illegal on my property?
Immediately report your suspicions to the police, you can also include a clause in your lease agreement allowing you to cancel the lease immediately if the tenant is found to be committing an illegal act on the premises.
12. Can I use my tenants deposit to repair damage they have done to the property?
Excluding reasonable wear and tear, you may use your tenants deposit to repair damage that they have done to the property. You need to be able to provide the tenant with receipts that reflect the cost of the repairs and you have to return any leftover monies to the tenant. Always inspect the property together with the tenant when they move in and out, you can then compare the two lists and see if they have damaged the property.
As I said above if you encounter any problems with your tenant contact the Rental Housing Tribunal in your province. You can also refer to the Rental Housing Act of 1999, this is easily found and downloaded from the Internet.