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Trusted Regina Real Estate Lawyer Robert MacKay warns about the potential implications of renting your property.

Our Trusted Regina Real Estate Lawyer Robert MacKay want's to ensure Landlords are fully aware of the financial and legal issues that can arise from criminal activity conducted by a tenant.  

A recent article from the Star Phoenix "Regina landlords lose bid to make insurer pay for drug-house explosion" details how a local landlord attempted to gain compensation for the home from the insurance company.  The insurance company had denied their claim and pointed to a 2003 notice posted in a renewal package that stated simply: “We do not insure property used for the illegal cultivating, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, distributing or selling of marijuana.”

Even though the landlords claimed they took all reasonable steps to screen the tenant and his partner, who had children and were otherwise “model tenants.” There was simply no way for them to know the tenants were surreptitiously running an illegal drug operation in the home, they argued.  However Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Elson rejected those arguments stating "changes to the policy were hardly “buried.” They came highlighted in a special box on the front page of the renewal form". Further, he noted that renting always carries an element of uncertainty — and landlords should be prepared for the worst.


How can a landlord limit responsibility for crime committed by strangers on the rental property?

Screen tenants carefully and choose tenants who are likely to be law-abiding and peaceful citizens. Weed out violent or dangerous individuals to the extent allowable under privacy and anti-discrimination laws that may limit questions about a tenant's past criminal activity.

  • Don't accept cash rental payments.
  • Do not tolerate tenants' disruptive behavior. Include an explicit provision in the lease or rental agreement prohibiting drug dealing and other illegal activity and promptly evict tenants who violate the clause.
  • Be aware of suspicious activity, such as heavy traffic in and out of the rental premises.
  • Respond to tenant and neighbor complaints about drug dealing on the rental property. Get advice from police immediately upon learning of a problem.
  • Consult with security experts to do everything reasonable to discover and prevent illegal activity on the rental property.
As in this case screening doesn't always help it can limit the possibility of being denied by your insurance company.  Ultimately the liability falls on the property owner to be aware of the possible issues that can arise from criminal activity.  

Before you decide to rent out a property consult with a lawyer such as Robert MacKay to be certain that you are aware of all the potential legal implications and your options.  

For more questions and help with any legal property issues consult with our Trusted Regina Real Estate Lawyer Robert MacKay



Full article:

Regina landlords lose bid to make insurer pay for drug-house explosion

Nine years after a "honey hash oil" operation sent a fire ripping through a Princess Street home, the tenants will have to pay more than $179K

ARTHUR WHITE-CRUMMEY, REGINA LEADER-POST Updated: May 29, 2018

Trusted Regina Real Estate professionals W2 Real Estate share a tip on common home inspection items

W2 Realty team share a tip on common home inspection items

The W2 Realty team are Karin Wees and Jen Welykholowa, two very well respected Regina Real Estate Agents from Realty One Real Estate Services Inc. The decision to purchase your home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and will also be one of your largest investments. Done right, it can also be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times in your life!

When you work with Karin and Jen at W2 Realty, you are getting a team of dedicated real estate professionals working together for your best interest. The W2 Realty team are Trusted Regina Real Estate Agents.

Karin and Jen.... The Regina real estate team dedicated to you making the "right move" 

A professional home inspection is generally a standard condition of your real estate purchase when you are buying a home and it's a super important part of the process!  There are a few normal maintenance items that come up regularly in inspections so as a seller it’s a great idea to address these issues prior to listing and help to make that part of the sale process go smoothly! Here are a few items of note:


  1. Furnace Maintenance & Service including regular changing of filters - Mechanical service is generally recommended every 12-24 months depending on the age of the furnace and cost will vary depending the extent of service & provider. Furnace filters should be changed often & length of time depends on the filter & your home environment i.e. if you have pets, etc.  To simplify the process we recommend buying the 4 pack and change them quarterly on the 1st of the month…then it’s easy to remember January/April/July/October.
  2. Water Heater maintenance - the regularity of service depends on the type of water heater but chances are if you have never had it serviced, you should!! Our Regina water is tough on our water heaters for sure and if you rent your heater, regular service should likely be part of your contract.  If not call any qualified plumber to help you out!          
  3. Proper Grading - this comes up more often than not because of ground or concrete settling near the foundation of your home. One of the biggest culprits of water issues in basements is improper grading so It’s super important that water runs away from your foundation. One of the simplest remedies is making sure that extensions on your downspouts are suitable …and at this time of year it’s the one thing you can address, as well as moving all of that snow away from the foundation walls.  Once it has melted you want to be sure that the ground level is taking water away from the foundation and it may require topping up the soil levels to accomplish that. If you’re not handy in that regard of course we have great landscape companies in Regina that can help out and make sure you get the right product to address the issue! 

 

If you have questions about the process of buying or selling a home we are happyy to help and don't hesitate to ask...you can contact us at info@w2realtyteam.com

We are your Trusted Regina real estate team and we are here to help you make the right move!


When you decide to work with an agent you should choose someone you feel comfortable with and trust to have your best interests at heart. We can answer your questions and concerns and provide referrals for staging, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, real estate attorneys, and pretty much anything else you may need in the purchase or sale of your home! We are your advocate and guide through the process.

Happy House Shopping!!

Karin & Jen

 

So make the smart and simple choice today, you see a Trusted Regina realtor is never a risk and W2 Realty are Trusted Regina Real Estate experts! 


Have a look at more amazing tips from the W2 Realty team which are sure to help you in buying or selling your home in the Regina and surrounding area:



    

Our Trusted Regina Realtor Peter Woldu shares a tip about how to sell your home

Peter Woldu is a Trusted Regina Realty Expert.  Here he shares a tip on selling your home!

Buyers do not see your home the same way you do. They are very discriminating about its condition, the neighbourhood and the price. An average Buyer will view between 15-20 homes, ranking yours among all that they have viewed

     

1. Find A Good REALTOR® To Represent Your Needs 

A professional REALTOR® is your best bet. This person has the educational background, the industry and community connections to work in your best interests.

2. Be Clear About Why You Are Selling 

Knowing the reasons for your move determines everything from setting the price to allocating funds for repairs and improvements. Is the price you obtain more important than how long your home is on the market? Do you need to sell immediately? Each “why”requires a different strategy. At the same time, you do not need to reveal your “why”to anyone. Something negative might be used as a bargaining tool at the negotiating table. If someone wants to know why you are selling, politely respond that your housing needs have changed.

3. Conduct Thorough Research Before Setting Price

 Establishing an offering price is an investment in your future. Find out what similar homes in your neighborhood have sold for in the last 6-12 months. Also check out the prices of homes currently listed. The price you ask should be within the range of similar homes in the neighbourhood. If it is too high or too low, buyers will question the reasons for this discrepancy. Your home could stay on the market longer than you would like. You may also have to adjust the price and wind up getting less than you hoped.



4. Maximize Your Home’s Sale Potential

 First impressions are absolutely critical. The look, the feel and the care of your home promote an emotional response. Even before they walk in your door, prospective Buyers will try to imagine themselves living in your home. Just like a new outfit, Buyers want to see if this home will "fit" their lifestyle. Clean everything until it sparkles. Pick up, organize, throw away, scrub, scour, dust and disinfect. Be sure to complete all minor repairs. Buyers are especially keen on work that may need to be completed.

5. Ensure All Areas Of The Contract Are Covered

 It is in your best interests to disclose everything you know about the property. Failure to disclose could result in costly delays, litigation or even cancellation of the sales transaction. Most importantly, if a Buyer knows about an item, he or she has no future recourse. Be sure you understand all terms, costs and responsibilities. 

6. Stay In Your Home Until Closing 

It may be harder to sell a vacant home. Furniture, drapes and all the excitement of daily activities go a long way to create the warmth and comfort of a home. To some Buyers, an unoccupied home could be seen as forlorn, forgotten and not as appealing. You might have to reduce your price, depending upon the Buyer. At the same time, you are sending the message that you have found a new home, and you likely need to sell fast.

7. Stay Out Of The Way During Showings 

When Buyers view your home, gently remove yourself and allow them to feel at home. By pointing out features, improvements and decorating items that are meaningful to you, or you have spent money on, you could be seen as adding pressure to the sale. It is best to leave the showing to your REALTOR®

To find out more about Peter check out his listing in the Trusted Regina Realty Category.


Trusted Regina is exited to announce our newest partner Peter Woldu of the Home Expert Team Royal LePage Realty Regina

Trusted Regina loves partnering up with amazing business' and we are proud to introduce our newest partner. Peter Woldu with the Home Expert Team Royal LePage Realty Regina!

When calling past clients of Peter's we were amazed by the responses we received.  He truly is the definition of what a Trusted partner should be.  This Trusted Realtor left everyone feeling like he truly cared about them and wanted what was best for them when searching for or selling their home.  He is honest and compassionate.  You can tell right away that this individual is not in it just to make a sale.  Peter is invested in his community and reputation and truly understands what it means to provide good service in this market.  

Here is what some of his past clients has to day about him:

"My Fiancee and I are not from Regina and didn't know much about the community or who to choose as a realtor.  I had always envisioned buying my first home from my dad who is a realtor in Ontario because I know he has my best interests at heart. Peter was a great replacement for my dad.  I really felt like I could trust him. He was always honest with us and let us know about different areas in the city so that we could develop a taste for the community. He found us a house that we love in an area that suited us perfectly." Shequille Rollocks- New Regina Resident

"I have friends and family members that are realtors and I would still use Peter over them"  Jordan Anderson - Regina

"Peter is honest and provides good customer service.  You know he really wants to get to know you and what you need.  You never feel like he is just in it for the sale. He really cares.  " Scott MacKay - Regina

When looking for a realtor we highly recommend Peter Woldu!  Peter is highly invested in seeing the community of Regina continue to grow and helping his clients achieve their goals and find the home that is right for them.



Peter Woldu is a Trusted Regina Realty Expert!  To Find out more about him or contact him check out his listing on the Trusted Regina Directory today! http://www.homesregina.com/team/peter-woldu


The Trusted Regina Directory welcomes Aideen Zareh and John Chung- The Home Expert Team - Royal LePage Regina Realty!

The Trusted Regina team is pleased to announce our newest members to the directory Aideen Zareh and John Chung


Aideen and John are part of the Home Expert Team - with Royal LePage Regina Realty.  Aideen and John are dedicated to listening intently and matching individuals, businesses and families with the properties, buildings and neighborhoods that best suit their needs.  These two are an amazing package with their combined talents it is clear to see that just as the Real Estate industry evolves to become more innovative and efficient, so do they.

Aideen's tenacious, competitive, and self-motivated nature joined with his vast knowledge of the Regina Real Estate Market and negotiating skills set him apart from other agents. Aideen strives to be the best in all endeavors, and has his client’s best interests at heart.


John’s natural curiosity and eagerness to continually learn lead him to join the Home Expert Team after completing his  Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Industrial Systems Engineering.  He gradually transitioned from Residential Sales to Commercial Sales and Leasing in 2010 and completed his CCIM designation, which is among the highest level of education awarded to a Commercial Real Estate Agent. This designation proves John’s expertise in financial markets, investment analysis and negotiation.  


And their clients say amazing things about them!

"We've worked with Aideen on a number of deals over the past years. His honestly, promptness and knowledge have made for every interaction with him to be seemless and smooth. I will not hesitate to use Aideen as my realtor the next time around as well."Brooke and Matt Larson, Regina 

"john Chung has become one of our most trusted professionals in regards to commercial real estate.  We rely on his services for leasing commercial space, land acquisition and advice on the market.  He and his office staff are always willing to go above and beyond and is always professional and reliable.  I would definitely recommend him!" Jennifer Denouden - Avana Homes


For more reasons why Aideen and John are Trusted Regina Real estate experts and view other testimonials see their listing on the Directory here.  


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