- low vacancy rates: [landlords] "don't cut as much slack to tenants because they don't have to"
- expensive housing market: "noting rising costs have left some people struggling to pay bills and mortgages"
- rising number of secondary suites: "Most of the growth in rental units has been secondary suites, but [the suite owners] are not professional landlords," she said. "What you have are people who don't know the law renting [units] out to tenants and doing stuff on the fly. They don't provide written agreements, they don't provide rent receipts and they figure they can kick people out whenever they want because it's a 'my home, my rules' mentality."
Low vacancy rates mean that suite rentals are in a seller's market. That means cash strapped FTBs don't need to spend much on beautification or upkeep. And many won't know the long standing issues that came with their house when they bought it. I can imagine the phone calls:
tenant: "uh, Mr. Johnson, um, I don't know how to tell you this, but, whenever you and Ms. Johnson have a shower the downstairs sink overflows."You get my meaning on that one. No surprise that there is a lack of paperwork happening with these suites. Why? Because many people, especially us young folk who have grown up with law-breaking sympathies tied to the marijuana culture, shirk our civic duties to pay taxes and play within the rules of the system. So they don't leave a paper trail, don't claim the rental income and don't "believe" their tenant has any rights because they don't play the game on the level.
landlord: "you're kidding right."
tenant: "uh, no."
tenant: "uh, can you fix it, the carpet's starting to stink."
landlord: "can it wait two weeks, we just got paid and the mortgage is due, interest rates just went up a quarter point and we're eating Kraft dinner? We have nothing left."