At some point it happens to most landlords. They end up with a “problem” tenant. When you deal in shared accommodation/weekly room rentals as we do, it becomes a bit more common unfortunately.Fortunately a new process has started in Alberta called the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service, or RTDRS.
It was started in an effort to streamline the resolution process by avoiding going through court and incurring costly legal fees. At it’s simplest it is really just an arbitrator who hears both sides points, makes a legally binding decision and both sides have to comply. It can be used by tenants against bad landlords, by landlords against bad tenants and to even help good tenants and good landlords to come to a resolution over issues such as damage deposit confusion.
In my case I went down last Monday October the 27th with my four copies of all my evidence, documents and information, paid the $75 filing fee and my case is to be heard November 3rd at 3:00. How efficient is that? I couldn’t track down the tenant (as usual), so I taped the appearance notice and all the evidence to his door the next day after making a couple of attempts to track him down and he conveniently called me on the 30th to say he was working on it.
So best case I get paid on the weekend or Monday, worst case I get a judgment against him, don’t get my money but I can make his life difficult and possibly garnish his wages. Either way significantly faster than the old process, way more casual and quite a bit less costly versus hiring a bailiff to do an eviction.
If you want more information about the RTDSR, check out the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service Website. I will keep you posted on how this plays out!
I recently added a series of Tips for Landlords to help them reduce stories like mine. They are available here, Landlord Tips and Advice. I’ve already received some great feedback from some of our readers, so hopefully it helps you out as well.