Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Landlord AVOIDS bedbug Responsibility

Larry the Landlord was horrified to find that even though his tenants readily admitted that they infested the apartment unit with bedbugs  It was his responsibility to eradicate the problem.

In a recent issue of the London Free Press, Denise Lash was interviewed as part of a special feature on Bed Bugs in condominium units and who’s responsible for their eradication, entitled “Responsibility to take steps to eradicate the nasty bug goes to the landlord”. Denise discusses how condominium corporations should notify their owners and ensure those owners retain a specialist bed bug eradication company if required.
 “if there are bedbugs in a condominium building, it is advisable for the corporation to inform the owners that there are bedbugs in the building (without stating which unit has the bedbugs due to privacy concerns). Residents should be told to inspect their units, and if found a specialist bedbug eradication company should be contacted”.
 You can read the full article on the London Free Press’s website here.  

It is not only the Individual Landlord but a Condominium Building could very well have the same obligations.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Who Gets "IT" when you re marry? Toronto Houses

The Situations captioned below are happening every day in Toronto and Etobicoke with families going to war over who inherits the FAMILY HOMESTEAD. Planning and Communication are the key.

For instance, stick with the old standard of a joint tenancy agreement where the surviving spouse gets the house, where does that leave your kids if that’s your second spouse? “In joint tenancy, you own an equal undivided tenancy and the survivor gets the full title,” says Mr. Leclair. “You have to think where this is going.”
For a couple on their second marriage, a better option may be a tenancy-in-common ownership solution where the couple choose the ownership split on a property. Each parent can then have their share of the property go to whoever they want, including children from a previous marriage.
“There is nothing that obligates you to keep a will forever,” says Mr. Leclair, about agreements spouses may make to pass on wealth to children from another marriage. A surviving spouse who got the whole house can update their will later on, he notes. “All of the sudden, the second person’s children are disinherited from their natural father or mother’s assets.” http://business.financialpost.com/2012/10/27/estate-planning-who-gets-the-house/

These situations become very complicated with multiple families having a perspective. The legal fight is never about whether who gets the heirloom or dining room but who received the bicycle or red wagon in 1963.
All of these create life long rifts. Have a family meeting. Ask the kids who gets what; Who wants what.... It will saves thousands in legal fees.
Best advice? Spend the money on a proper will now. I've seen too many that cheap out on a will only to have it rendered invalid by lack of proper signatures, details or remarriage. Govern yourself accordingly has never been more appropriate.
David Pylyp
An Etobicoke Real Estate Agent
Accredited Senior Specialist

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Direct Express Bus available for Downtown, TTC Streetcar On Queensway, Bus To Keele Subway, Only 12 Minutes To Bay St. 6th Floor Suite With Panoramic View Of Toronto Skyline From Your Living Room. Upgraded Stainless Steel Appliances with thick Granite counter top, Overlooks Terrace + Lake From Open Air Balcony.

Card Room/Party Room/Exercise Room/On 5th Floor. 20% Good Reserve on track, with Performance Audits in process.  Storage Locker, Fridge with ice and Water dispenser, Stove, Washer, Dryer, B/I Microwave, Dishwasher, Blinds, Upgraded

Electric light fixtures, All Hardwood flooring, Marble in foyer and bathroom, Ceramic Tile, Glass Shower doors and Marble Counters in Ensuite.  Your own laundry with upgraded washer and dryer in hallway closet (ensuite Laundry)

Strong, well run, low rise building with only 20 floors per tower (278 suites) [First four floors are above grade parking garage] Fifth floor is open air terrace, Card/ meeting/ games rooms plus exercise and Yoga.  Open Air Terrace faces Lake Shore at the Ellis Ave playground.  Additional Pictures are available here. https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/109283965469179719942/albums/5803035745697714497

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Can your Landlord SNIFF YOU?

Are they changing too many rules?

Larry the Landlord Renting to Smokers?

No matter your opinion on the No Smoking Bans in public places; Landlords in Toronto are also faced with the reality that after renting to Smokers the condo unit or townhouse will be less desirable to subsequent tenants.

Landlords will very often need to repaint, rebroadloom and may very well need to replace fabric draperies.  So who pays? 


The Landlord Tenant Boards decision interprets the "wear and tear" that 20 years ago would have been Normal to now be Tenant Damage.

You can and will be held liable for repairs to bring the unit back to a rent-able condition.
Can you pass the SNIFF TEST?

Have the rules gone too far?  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Can a Condo Building Ban Smoking? Toronto Ontario

You know its coming....

The zeal for a NON smoking society.  What was a common and accepted event is now banned at work, restaurants, building entrances, outdoor patios and even soccer fields.   Now with new legislation they are proposing banning smoking in all condominium units and duplexes,  anything that shares a wall.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct 15 (Reuters) - A San Francisco suburb on Monday banned smoking in duplexes, condominiums and other multi-family homes, with city leaders saying they hoped to lead a wave of such regulations across California and ultimately the country.
The City Council in San Rafael, a community of 57,000 people about 15 miles (24 km) north of San Francisco, voted unanimously for the ban, following a handful of other California municipalities that have outlawed smoking in buildings with as few as two units.
"We are happy to blaze a trail," Mayor Gary Phillips said before the vote. "We're most happy to be in the forefront of the issue because we think it will greatly benefit our residents and those visiting San Rafael, and we think it will set the tone for other cities as well."
Tobacco-control experts predicted that the tough smoking ordinance in San Rafael could touch off a larger movement in other states and cities.
"The San Rafael ban is a very significant event because it will spread," said Robert Proctor, a Stanford University history of science professor. "We're on the downslope of a big curve. Smoking peaked in 1981 with 630 billion cigarettes sold in the United States. Now it's down to 350 billion. And that number will keep on going down until smoking is a distant memory."
San Rafael is the state's ninth municipality to completely restrict smoking in multi-unit housing, said Pam Granger, advocacy manager for the American Lung Association in California. Granger said California was the only state where local jurisdictions have banned smoking in homes.
The ordinance has generally been supported by residents who have spoken at city council meetings, although two smokers came out to oppose the ban on Monday evening.
"This proposed smoking ban actually intends to punish people for what they do in their own homes," Thomas Ruppenthal told the council. "I really feel this is tyranny."
The ordinance also would prohibit smoking on San Rafael's downtown streets - the backdrop for parts of the 1973 film "American Graffiti."
California municipalities have used the report to prohibit smoking in apartments and other multi-family homes. In some cases, the laws apply only to new construction or to just a percentage of a housing complex's units.
But the restrictions have become increasingly strict, and San Rafael's ordinance applies to all homes, new or existing and rented or owned, with shared walls. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/16/san-rafael-smoking-ban_n_1968990.html

All new or existing condominium units or residences with a shared wall, [takes in Townhouses and Semis] Knowing that we are approximately 6 months to a year behind the trends in California, How long will it be that we hear about this legislation in Toronto, Ontario?

Will Toronto Landlords be performing "sniff" testing on prospect tenants?
Will Condo buildings go SMOKE FREE?
Is a Smoker's Condo Evaluated at Less than market?  How much?

Have you say....