Alberta landlords and Pets – By running a credit check you can talk to real past landlords to find out how tenants with pets left their rental property
The reality is Alberta landlords love animals and many of us have pets of our own.
A lot of tenants and some in the Alberta media want to make Edmonton landlords and small landlords across the province out to be mean-spirited and hate pets. There are constant news reports of small landlords refusing tenants with pets because of being “mean” or being “unreasonable”.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Smart Alberta landlords know we are running a business. If tenants don’t pay rent, the government doesn’t come in and subsidize us. We are small business people and we have to protect our properties and our rental business!
If tenants leave with lots of trash around and damages, we are the people who pick up the costs. The government won’t write us a nice big cheque to cover everything.
We love animals and pets but the reality is Alberta landlords are worried about the damages pets can do to our rental properties.
Alberta Landlords – How To Protect Yourself From Renters with Pets
Our last story about renting to tenants with pets led to a lot of emails coming in.
Here is one email from a tenant in Red Deer:
“You story about tenants with pets was very upsetting to me.”
Oh boy, that was just the beginning.
“Landlords here are just rude and even say “no pets” when you can get a nice big fat non-refundable deposit that you will never repay even when tenants leave and the place is spotless.”
“What is wrong with you landlords? I’m a responsible tenant and an amazing pet owner and you can trust me with my dogs and cats. Oh, just because I also have an aquarium I’m somehow bad? Give me a break!”
“I rented in Toronto for the past 5 years and they have good rules for tenants. You can say ‘no pets’ in the lease but tenants are allowed to bring in as many pets as we want once we move in!”
And here’s the kicker where they take it to ridiculous extremes:
“We need these rules in Alberta to stop you snobby landlords from refusing pets for no reason. What’s next, no kids? WTF!?”
Tenant Credit Checks
Lots of landlords in Alberta have faced huge costs due to the damage pets have made in their rental properties.
For tenants wanting to change the system, Ontario landlords know tenants being allowed to bring in pets despite the fact they signed a lease saying they won’t is a disaster. It makes landlords rightfully suspicious and if they even get a hint a tenant might have pet they will refuse them.
Real Former Landlords
A credit check will show you the real addresses of the person who wants to rent from you. New landlords need to be aware bad tenants will often give you fake past addresses. A credit check solves this and shows you the truth.
You can then contact these current and past landlords to make sure the tenants took care of their pets and didn’t leave a lot of pet related damages.
Renting to Tenants With Pets
Make sure you join the Alberta Landlords Association for a low one-time registration fee and begin running premium credit checks on your tenants to make sure you know who you are really renting to. By running a TVS credit check you will be able to see the current and past rental addresses of the person who want to rent from you.
This is incredible information for you! You can then contact the owners/landlords of these addresses to get the ‘real story’ on the people who want to rent your income property!