The Renter's Guide

Recently, we received a rental application for a unit in one of the rental properties that we manage.  All the required information (current residence, rental history, employment history, personal references and income verification) was provided.  The rental application also included the number of people who would be occupying the unit.  At first glance, it appeared as if we were not going to have any issue with the application.  The financial information, subject to verification, and the credit report seemed to meet the financial requirements.  However, when we counted the number of occupants, we realized that we would have a problem.  The number of persons who would be living in the unit exceeded the allowance that is permitted by the Toronto Municipal Code.

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The Renter's Guide

There is a point in the life of some renters which is extremely uncomfortable for both the renter and the landlord:  Eviction. This can be as a result of: financial difficulties that a renter has encountered, sometimes as a result of misbehaviour by the renter and/or his guests causing damage to the unit or the building, it can also be as a result of interference with the peaceful enjoyment of the other tenants in the building, to name a few.  All these reasons can be categorized as "fault issues".  It can also be due to what can be described as a "non- fault issue" of the tenant, such as: the landlord needs the rental unit for his/ her own use or for a member of the landlord’s close family who wishes to move into the unit, or sometimes due to a major renovation or conversion of the building to a condominium.

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New Condo Guide

When a developer makes the decision to go to market with a new condominium project, he/she needs to prepare a disclosure package containing legal and financial information pertaining to the development. When the purchaser signs the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, the developer must provide the purchaser with the disclosure statement including the first year budget which is often prepared by a management company. While some developers have their own management firms, most will engage a third party who is independent of the developer. It is sometimes confused by owners that the management company is influenced by the developer, which is not the case.

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New Condo Guide

About five years ago, I received a phone call from a litigation lawyer friend, asking if I can refer clients to him. I suggested that he specialize in Condominium Law. I was happy to hear, later on, that he actually took my advice as there were many cases to deal with in this specialized area of law.

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The Renter's Guide

So you have moved into your new apartment!  You love it!  You have decorated it as you always imagined it to be.  You bought new furniture or you brought with you the furniture that you already had and have always loved.  You also brought some paintings that you already had, and of course some new prints.  Let's not forget: new dishes, cutlery, sheets, throw pillows and blankets.

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The Renter's Guide

Who should I speak to when I have an issue? Will it be the leasing agent who helped me in leasing the unit? Or should I speak to the superintendent of the building or should I go directly to the property manager? Who should I go to if I need to book the elevator as I am waiting for a delivery? If I am going away for a week, do I need to advise someone and if so, who should I inform? We face so many issues and yes, it certainly can be confusing, especially if it is your first time in a rental apartment. It is therefore important to understand the functions and duties of the different personnel associated with the rental apartment. We will explain it here and hopefully it will enable you to overcome any confusion.

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Taft Management and Forward Property Management Group

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Toronto, Ontario
M4S 1H2 Canada
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