Landlord Tenant Legal Advice and Services

Leasing Your Rental Units

  • Is the lease you’re using legally sound?
  • Have you adequately protected your investment?
  • Do you use lease terms that minimize your responsibilities? 

As a LegalShield member, your lawyer can review your lease and any other business documents to ensure you’re set up for success. 

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SUCCESSFUL TENANT MANAGEMENT

  • Are you having a problem with an existing tenant?
  • Are you dealing with property damage?
  • Do you need to initiate an eviction?  

 

Your lawyer can contact your tenant to resolve disputes on your behalf and they can often get better results than you can on your own.

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END OF LEASE TRANSITION

  • Are you unsure if you’re allowed to use a tenant's security deposit?
  • Do you or a tenant want to terminate the lease early?
  • Are you stuck with a tenant that won’t leave?

Resolve end of lease issues as quickly and inexpensively as possible by having a lawyer help you understand the laws in your province. 

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  • Get Legal Advice to Help you Make Good Decisions
  • Have Documents Reviewed Before you Sign Them
  • Let Your Lawyer Resolve Disputes on Your Behalf
  • Have Your Lawyer Handle an Eviction
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Understand your rights and responsibilities as a landlord before you lease a property.

Even if you’re a savvy veteran of the rental business, there are a variety of areas of landlord and tenant law you may not even know exist. 

Did you know?

  • You can create a lease that makes the tenant responsible for all property maintenance?
  • In most provinces, there is a limit to how much of a security deposit you can require and a specific number of days you have to return the deposit at the end of the lease.  
  • In provinces like Alberta, Landlords must pay the tenant interest earned while holding their security deposit. 

Whether you have one or two basic questions about the lease you are already using or you’re starting from scratch, having access to a lawyer with experience in landlord and tenant law can help you develop the documents you need to run a profitable rental business. 

Educate yourself about core lease terms below, or get legal help now. 

Given the investment you’ve made and the potential problems that can arise once you have a tenant occupying your rental unit, when you can have a lawyer review the lease and provide legal advice for the price of one business lunch, it’s a total no-brainer. 

How to Protect Your Rights When Leasing a Property

Pick the Right Tenancy Term

Maximize income stability and minimize rental gaps with the right lease term for your properties.

Optimize Financial Clauses

Avoid penalties and other hiccups by making sure your financial terms are legal and protect your investment.

Lay Down the Right Rules

Are roommates allowed?  Be sure to cover common circumstances with clear language.

Proactively Avoid Disputes

Learn about landlord rights and responsibilities under Federal Law to ensure you don’t end up in court.

Get a Provider Lawyer to Review Your Lease Before You Sign
Lease Review is Included in a Legal Plan at No Additional Charge

Get Sound Legal Advice to Manage Problem Tenants

Once you have leased a rental unit, there are a variety of legal issues that can pop up along the way. Having a lawyer on-call can be a big help with common challenges such as the following. 

  • Tenant is late with the rent
  • Tenant has a pet or unapproved roommate living in the unit 
  • Tenant has damaged the property or broken the law
  • You are receiving complaints about the tenant from a neighbour or the police
  • Tenant has filed a complaint against you claiming you’ve violated their rights

When tenants push you, a LegalShield membership gives you the power to push back in a legally sound, fiscally responsible manner. Sometimes, the least stressful and most successful way to deal with a difficult tenant is to let your provider lawyer help. 

PROBLEM TENANTS

Whether you have a written lease or a tenant under a verbal agreement, you have rights and options for dealing with problem tenants quickly and effectively.

THE EVICTION PROCESS

Is eviction your best option? Do you understand the specific laws and processes you must follow? Educate yourself before you take action. 

EVICTION DEFENCES

Tenants have a variety of powerful legal defences to pause or stop an eviction. Study the defences ahead of time so you can be prepared to defeat them.

How to Handle the End of a Lease Term Without Causing Unnecessary Legal Problems

When a lease is coming to an end or you as the landlord want to get out of a lease early, a variety of legal questions and complications can arise. It’s important to understand the laws in your province to avoid gaps in rental income or worse, finding yourself in a lawsuit with a tenant. 

Do you have questions about any of these scenarios? 

  • What circumstances allow me to use funds from a tenant’s security deposit? 
  • If I can legally use security deposit funds, how do I document everything and notify the tenant?
  • What should I do about a holdover tenant that won’t leave? 
  • Do I have to renew a lease if the tenant requests it?
  • I’ve sold the property, how do I handle the transition?

If a lease is ending, everything is fine and the tenant simply plans to move out, great. That’s the way everyone hoped it would go at the outset. However, if there are any hiccups or issues that pop up near the end of a lease term, it’s best to immediately contact an experienced lawyer who can assess the situation and guide you to take actions that follow all applicable laws and avoid unnecessary legal problems

Resources to Make Lease End Easy

There are lots of moving parts at the end of a lease and you’d be well served by speaking with a lawyer to help you resolve any disputes with grace and minimal financial impact. Get started with these helpful articles, checklists and templates. 

SECURITY DEPOSITS

Many provinces require landlords to return security deposits within 14 days. What’s the story in your province?

PROPERTY DAMAGE

Learn how you must notify, document and manage property damage situations at the end of a lease. 

Early Termination

Experienced lawyers can help you end a lease due to a sale or deal with a tenant trying to skip out early.  

Tenant Without a Lease

Some legal issues may have to be handled a bit differently if you have a tenant without a written lease. 

Get Legal Support to Protect Your Investment

LegalShield offers the most affordable way to have a lawyer on your side.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long after I join can I use the plan?

 

You can use your plan as soon as your membership application is reviewed and your account is set up. The review process takes 12 - 24 hours (or less) from the moment you purchase your plan (on regular business days). Once accepted, you can be in contact with a lawyer in four hours or less and begin to use the plan benefits and member perks outlined in the membership agreement right away.

How much can I save with a membership?

The average lawyer charges between $150 - $400 per hour. If you use your membership for even just a few hours a year you could easily save over $1,000. If you have a bunch of small legal issues or one rather complicated issue, you can easily save multiple thousands of dollars over hiring a lawyer directly. Not to mention the stress you’ll save by having an lawyer on call instead of trying to handle legal issues yourself. Also, our lawyers often help our members recover thousands of dollars of damages or avoid thousands of dollars in fees over what they would have experienced had they tried to resolve the legal issue themselves. Obviously every member and usage situation is different, but when used correctly, your membership can easily save significant amounts of money. Not to mention savings from our member perks.

Who is covered under the Personal Plan?

 

Our Personal Plan is really a family plan. You, your spouse or partner and your dependents living at home are covered under one membership.

There is more information about this on the Personal Plan Coverage & Pricing Page.