Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Landlord Tenant Laws---They skirt around them

If you're not familiar with your Landlord & Tenancy Act, Google it immediately! It's for your own protection. 
In Alberta, this information can be found at:

It seems that Mainstreet does not like the Landlord Tenancy Act. A key example is the 24 hour notice to enter rule. I've had to have a bunch of repairs done on my property, and each time I was asked by the office if I needed 24 hours notice. Of course I do, it's a law! However, in saying that yes I did, I have ALWAYS been responded to with a sigh and "Fine, well, you know it will take longer then right?". Well, jeez, let's just punish the tenant for following the rules. 

I've also had the maintenance guy call me, after requesting repairs, and asking again if I needed 24 hours notice. It's great that you've found the time in your day, but I'm not going to let you roam free in my apartment. 

So you think the rent is cheap right? Well, double check that you don't have an "incentive" worked into your lease. Mainstreet often offers incentives for auto-withdrawal of rent, but keep in mind that they can eliminate that incentive without any notice. 

Case in point: 
I moved into my suite in July of 2011. We asked the current property manager if the existing incentives would continue to a new lease once this one was completed. Her response was that, yes, if I signed another one year lease it would be. So, come early May 2012, I contacted my new resident manager (yet another post) and requested a copy of a new one year lease. I had to request this from her at least four times, and contacted head office. I didn't get a copy until June 12, 2012 (less than a month before my current lease ended). It was then that I saw that they were cutting my incentive in half, bringing my rent up $75 per month. I asked why, and it was based on market values, and they made sure to tell me that they could do it, because it was the incentive being decreased, and not the rent being increased. I was then told I could choose not to sign the lease, but I would have to give a months notice, and would have to pay for all of July, at full market rate. All because they couldn't get me a new lease in time. I may also add that I had to request a new copy, as it was dated incorrectly, and once I signed a properly dated lease, it took them 2 weeks to get me a copy....which I had to threaten that it wouldn't be valid if they didn't get it to me in time. 

Ultimately, I was screwed, strapped over the barrel so to say. I wasn't given the opportunity to find a new home, and no apologies were made. 

Regardless of where you rent, ensure you know your rights. All of them, in detail, and if they even push a little, remind your property manager of the landlord tenancy act. 


  1. All night we have suffered from an intense increase in a horrid smell that I have experienced since switching suites.

    Mainstreet, who took 2 weeks to replace our oven frost our bathroom window, deal with the dog pooping outside the back step, change landlords every week, fixed our ceiling AFTER residing in the place for months, and so on, has not done anything to remedy this issue.

    I cannot wait to finally put the tenancy act to effect!

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    *Name has been changed

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    Obeying the urge to eat more than you need is a sure-fire way to gain weight. It’s an even bigger problem if you already have health conditions like diabetes, obesity, or high blood pressure.

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    “Greater self-compassion is the first step toward learning to comfort yourself in other ways,” Becker-Phelps says. Beating yourself up over it only adds to your stress, which can lead to more emotional eating.

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    The solution to emotional eating is less about eating than it is about emotions.

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    Consider talking with a counselor so you can better understand what's going on with you and the best ways to handle it. Even a few sessions may help.

  5. If you search online for "natural hair loss treatments," a long list of tonics, creams, and supplements appears.

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    "Most natural hair treatments are bunk," Mirmirani says.

    Though few natural treatments have been well-studied for hair loss, there are a handful that may help you hold onto your mane longer if it's starting to disappear.
    Depends on the Cause

    You may be seeing more hair in your brush than normal for several reasons. Vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, and menopause are all culprits of hair loss.

    If a medical condition is causing your hair loss, it may need to be treated.

    "If something needs our attention, you fix that and the hair takes care of itself," says Molly Roberts, MD, president of the American Holistic Medical Association.

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    Sally Kravich, CNHP, a nutritionist and author, finds in her practice that "vanity is a good way to inspire people (to eat better) -- we all want shiny eyes and radiant hair and skin."

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    Weight-loss pills — prescription medicines, nonprescription drugs, herbal medicines or other dietary supplements — are all, at best, tools that may help with weight loss. But there is relatively little research about these products, and the best studied of these are prescription weight-loss drugs.

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  8. This may seem like basic advice, but you’d be surprised how many people actually think they have an edge over the House. Regardless of how good you are, or how much experience you have, or what technique you use, the casinos have been at this for a lot longer than you have. The odds are stacked in their favor, and while you may win in the short term, you will eventually lose. Knowing this can keep help keep your head clear.

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  10. Mainstreet apartment is horrible. Heavily infestes with cockroaches leaks neess repairs all the time.The place is unlivable. Property managers calls exterminators once in a while which does absolutely nothing and infestationkeeps getting worse and worse.would never rent with them nor recomend. They ar crap.

  11. Mainstreet apartment is horrible. Heavily infestes with cockroaches leaks neess repairs all the time.The place is unlivable. Property managers calls exterminators once in a while which does absolutely nothing and infestationkeeps getting worse and worse.would never rent with them nor recomend. They ar crap.