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Tenants, you have rights too

Sometimes situations may arise for you as a tenant that send red flags about your living space. But should you get the landlord involved? Many renters don’t realise that even something as small as noisy neighbours should legally be dealt with by your landlord. It can be a tricky balancing act to determine whether you

Four questions tenants should ask potential landlords

Apartment hunting can be incredibly difficult and daunting, but nothing feels better than finally finding the perfect space for you. However, even if this new place seems to tick all your boxes, a property can become less desirable if an inexperienced or subpar landlord is involved. An easy way to ensure you’re getting a fair

Should landlords let the past be the past?

As many experienced landlords can tell you, an incredibly thorough background and reference check on any prospective tenant is the only way to determine whether or not they will treat you, your due dates, and your property with respect. Oftentimes it’s tempting to meet a charming tenant and take them at their word about their

Reading the body language of your prospective tenant

Bodies talk. They even have their own language. You can probably already read some of this language during your day-to-day social interactions. For example, you may find someone slouched over a table during a meeting to seem unprofessional or perhaps when you ask a potential tenant’s reason for moving they stutter or mumble and look

What is the best time to list your rental property?

It’s incredibly simple to find information online about selling a property. Simply type “sell my house” on Google and you’ll be inundated with tips and tricks to make the most from your sale. One of those tips includes what time of year is best to list your house on the market. But what about your

4 things you should know before becoming a landlord

Whether you’re considering renting out your basement suite, an apartment, or an entire building of units, being a landlord is a tough gig. There’s much more to it than just allowing your first tenant to move in right away. It takes time, patience and huge amounts of care to be on top form as a

Free tenant screening: Why it could sink your business

Free tenant screening is not so free. You could be liable for claims over $1,000,000. Credit reports have become one of the essential elements in checking the background of a potential tenant. The days of the handshake rental lease are over. Today, renting to a person without a proper tenant screening process is like playing

What you should know before renting

After scouring the internet every hour on the hour, booking viewing appointments and touring a city for weeks on end, congrats! You’ve finally found the perfect (or near perfect) place in a great location to call home. So what’s next? According to landlords, proving yourself a prepared and honest person during your lease signing is

How access to credit can save the world

It’s hard to believe that more than half of the world’s total adult population (an estimated 2 billion working-age adults) do not have an account at a formal financial institution and another billion simply lack credit. Before starting Certn, I had no idea what financial inclusion was, nor did I care. Could offering loans to