Realtor & landlord trespass in tenant homes

There were a couple of interesting comments in last weekends free-for-all post on the same topic, the first from XYZ:

Well today was interesting. We left the house for an hour for a quick Costco run and when we were about 15 mins away from being home, my 16 year old daughter calls me really upset that some Chinese person just walked into her bedroom :O HER BEDROOM!!!! Apparently he closed the door and went on to wander through the rest of the house, and my son (11) noticed him when he got up from his computer to get his hourly snack and was in what I can only describe as state of shock.. Not every day you see some Chinese dude wandering around your house uninvited and unannounced.

Turns out this was the Realtor. (who’s name for know shall be withheld to protect the guilty, at least until I decide what my next course of action will be.)

Obviously I called the landlord and ripped him a new one. He said that he explicitly told the Realtor that they were not to disturb the tenants. Clearly the Realtor thought since our car was gone he would just waltz right in. :-O

We have an inspection scheduled tomorrow so the only thing that saved that Realtors a$$ from the cops being called was the fact that I needed a few minutes to confirm the inspection date and speak to the landlord.

All the while my daughter stood in her room scissors in hand ready to strike.

I definitely see a complaint being filed in the near future for trespass against this Realtor.

What would you do in this situation?

The second in a similar vein from DR:

Alright folks, I need a little tenancy agreement advice. I have been after my landlord to fix some broken tiles in the kitchen from a water leak. There are now several broken ones with sharp pieces continually coming off. The building is having some renovation work done as many of the units are being updated.

I have been trying for several weeks to get the landlords (as it is family run) to discuss the long over due repair. I just learned from one of the contractors that the landlord entered my unit without notice or permission this morning to look at the tiles. Rather than communicate with me, he decided to just check things out for himself.

This is a huge violation of my privacy and rights as a tenant. I am more than mad at the moment, but I wanted to see if any of you bears have had similar experiences and what your recourse was.

By the way, I have been a longstanding tenant in excellent standing, and the landlords were extremely appreciative when I notified them of the leak because of the potential for serious damage. However, this failure to communicate has become a recent trend as every phone call is never returned and some requests just end up getting taken care of (again without letting me know).

 

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patriotz
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@Anonymous: Dreadful article. You know right from the phrase “potential housing bubble” in the first sentence. Farther down you get this: The government would have to address a number of questions about how to handle an exit, including whether it would raise the legal limit on private mortgage insurance of C$250 billion, the RBC analysts said. The article doesn’t state that this is the limit on “private” insurance which is guaranteed by the government. As can be seen by reading a bit further, the “private” mortgage insurers don’t want the government to get out at all, but simply to increase… Read more »
Someguy
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Call the cops and have him charged with trespassing. That there was a female minor in the house should make for front page headlines. That act seems criminal to me.

alan
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CMHC had surprised markets on Tuesday by saying the central bank had indicated it would keep its key interest rate at 1.0 percent for the rest of 2012.

xyz
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Update on this. On the weekend I requested a proper lock be installed in place of the latch via email.

To date I have received no response from the landlord.

20 Minutes ago I texted the landlord. Lets see if that is going to be willfully ignored as well

If so I’ll be heading to home depot tonight and deducting the cost from my rent.

Patiently Waiting
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@xyz: So the landlord is more than careless in not having a lock on your door. I never trust landlords any further than I can throw them, and tenants should never view the relationship (in this day) as a casual, friendly affair. Its pure business. Sadly.

watson
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@xyz: Call the police and have him charged with trespassing. What are you waiting for?

Concerned Citizen
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wow, guys those inventory stats look amazing!!!

however, i have a friend who works for immigration who told me that they got a huge number of visa applications from mainland china. if you know anything about PRC visas, they have to have a sponsor. and in this case the sponsor was a company well known for doing real estate buying tours (company will remain anonymous so it can’t be traced to my friend).

he said that the applications received this month are more than all of last spring/summer.

i hope the inventory stays high, but i have a feeling it wont 🙁

Patiently Waiting
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There’s the “c” word and its not “correction”.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/daily-mix/how-condo-boom-threatens-a-ghost-city-phenomenon/article2426038/

“CMHC estimates that roughly 25 per cent of condominiums in the Greater Toronto Area are sold but sitting vacant — shades of Miami at the height of its collapsed condo bubble in 2007. Other analysts say the 25 per cent figure may be too low.

“This is the ghost city phenomenon,” Mr. Holt said.

Condo developers in Eastern cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, appear to be rushing to sell and build units before interest rates start to climb, and the market crashes.”

xyz
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OK.. got word… he didn’t respond cause there is problems with the roof and the deal might fall through cause that would put them over budget for a move, so was stressing about that…

He did have the GAUL to ask if the lock was still necessary if they didn’t sell..

Patiently Waiting
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@Concerned Citizen: “i hope the inventory stays high, but i have a feeling it wont”

I know, those crazy Chinese love buying real estate while its falling in value. They are different from anyone else. 😛

xyz
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@Concerned Citizen:

You can have millions of applications.. however the cap on approved applications is the same or lower than last year from what I understand… so who cares?

Concerned Citizen
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@xyz: these are visitors visas. if their is a quota on that, it’s news to me. also, it shows that there is growing demand.

Concerned Citizen
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@Patiently Waiting: “I know, those crazy Chinese love buying real estate while its falling in value. They are different from anyone else.”

i’m not a mind reader, so i don’t know what they are thinking and neither do you 🙂

VariableName
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@Concerned Citizen

“…they got a huge number of visa applications from mainland china. if you know anything about PRC visas, they have to have a sponsor. and in this case the sponsor was a company well known for doing real estate buying tours….”

Wait, what? For profit entities are sponsoring settlers who have no family relation to the owners of the company and will not be employees of the company? Am I understanding what you said correctly?

Guy Smiley
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in this case the sponsor was a company well known for doing real estate buying tours

I call horseshit.

Dan
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@Concerned Citizen… I think you are referring to visitor visas. I’m not sure why these “visitors” would want to buy real estate if they can’t immigrate. They might as well buy some place warm.

Note that recent changes to the immigration system have resulted in a big drop in applications from Asia. China applications for PR are down 45%:

http://metronews.ca/news/canada/214588/immigration-applications-to-canada-drop-in-asian-countries/

Many Franks
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@xyz: That’s gall, not Gaul. Just doing my part to defend the ancient French…

Tony
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@Patiently Waiting, are prices falling???

fixie guy
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15 Concerned Citizen Says: “i’m not a mind reader, so i don’t know what they are thinking and neither do you”

True, but most here have met humans and know they’re adverse to throwing away hundreds of thousands of dollars. That level of ‘mind reading’ forms the basis of economics.
Similar experience informs the reaction to your reply.

patriotz
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@fixie guy:
“True, but most here have met humans and know they’re adverse to throwing away hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

They not averse to actually throwing away money at all, if they were there would never be bubbles.

They’re just averse to their own misguided perception of “throwing away” money.

Concerned Citizen
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@fixie guy: “True, but most here have met humans and know they’re adverse to throwing away hundreds of thousands of dollars. That level of ‘mind reading’ forms the basis of economics.
Similar experience informs the reaction to your reply.”

you may be absolutely certain that the market is headed down, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is.

every day sales happen, and they’ll keep happening all the way down.

i think some people on this blog have lost their perspective. it’s a real estate MARKET, and that means different people have different ideas about what something is worth.

patriotz
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@Concerned Citizen:
“it’s a real estate MARKET, and that means different people have different ideas about what something is worth.”

Obviously. But people will find out the hard way that what something is worth is not what you think you’ll be able to sell it for in the future.

Anonymous
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I don’t get it. Don’t you have locks on your doors?? Does the landlord have a copy of your keys? If so, why? I would call a lock smith and have them re-key the locks.

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