Ben  Sage

Ben Sage

Broker

RE/MAX a-b REALTY LTD. BROKERAGE

Mobile:
519-532-1295
Office:
(519) 536-7535 ext. 487
Email Me
Ben  Sage

Ben Sage

Broker

RE/MAX a-b REALTY LTD. BROKERAGE

Mobile:
519-532-1295
Office:
(519) 536-7535 ext. 487
Email Me

Landlord's Legal Corner - Choosing a Tenant

Choosing a Tenant

One of the most important tasks that a Landlord is faced with is choosing the right tenant.  Choosing the right tenant can make a significant difference with respect to the profitability of a unit and the amount of work a Landlord has to commit.  A Landlord must complete its due diligence and inquiries into a potential tenant at the outset, prior to signing a lease agreement or allowing the tenant to move in.  The reason for this is that once a tenant signs a lease/moves in, they are then afforded the rights and protections under the Residential Tenancies Act and in some cases eviction can be difficult and/or drawn out if the wrong tenant is chosen.

When choosing a tenant you are permitted to make appropriate inquiries and request information and documentation from the prospective tenant.   You have the right tochoose a tenant using income information, credit checks, credit references, rental history, guarantees, and similar business practices.  

A Landlord cannot select or refuse a potential tenant based on race, place of origin, ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, family status (e.g. children) or disability as this would contravene the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Subject to the foregoing, ultimately, the Landlord has a great deal of discretion of who they choose to rent to.  Spending the time and energy to inquire into prospective tenants to choose the ‘right’ tenant is time well spent and will likely result in better results and yields and less stress in the future.

 

Information provided by: 

Derek Truelove

Lawyer, Nesbitt Coulter

35 Perry Street                                                  183 Thames Street South

Woodstock Ontario                                            Ingersoll Ontario

N4S 3C4                                                           N5C 2T6

Tel 519-539-1234 ext 243                                    519-485-5651

Fax 519-539-6832                                              519-485-6582

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I am a Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX a-b Realty Ltd., in Woodstock Ontario, focused on high quality Real Estate services. My experience selling homes is rich, and my results are unparalleled. My clients attest to my commitment to high quality service. 

In 2017, single family homes listed for sale by Ben averaged 104.1% of asking price, compared to the market average of 99.2%, and sold in an average of 12 days compared to the market average of 29. 

  • Platinum Club for Total Real Estate Commissions for 2017 & 2018
  • 100% club for total real estate commissions for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. 
  • "Best Young Professional" award nominee for Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce, 2015
  • Retired Director & Committee member at the Woodstock, Ingersoll District Real Estate Board.
  • Recognized as a top donating individual for Children's Miracle Network, 2016 & 2017

The REAL Ben:

Born and Raised in Woodstock Ontario, I am intrinsically connected with the community. When I am not selling Real Estate for my clients, I can be found hanging out with my family. My wife, Amanda, my sons Nolan and Liam, and our mutt, Nori. 

My family enjoys biking the awesome trails around Woodstock, having dinner at one of the many Oxford County establishments, playing golf at one of the many area courses, and the accessible, inexpensive nature of life in Woodstock.

My rural life keeps me busy, maintaining and upgrading our home just outside of the city. When I have spare time, I like to listen to music, play some guitar or video games, and stay up to date on the latest memes. 

My family loves to travel, and recent trips include a bucket-list-checking voyage to New Zealand and Australia in 2018, a road trip to Acadian Shores Nova Scotia the year before. Upcoming goals include another east coast visit to PEI and New Brunswick. 

We love visiting the family cottage in Port Loring, On, where I pretend to know how to catch pickerel and wakeboard. Really I just secretly like quiet hours floating on a lake. 


One thing I need to mention, though, since you've read this far, is that the true joy I get from my position as a Real Estate Broker, is crafting excellent strategies to capitalize on current market conditions for the benefit of my clients. Taking an idea, strategizing to minimize stress and maximize opportunites given in the market, and turning it in to a reality brings me great happiness. Let's get happy together! 



Specialty: New Residential Construction, Luxury Homes, Investment Properties

Awards: 2017, 2018, Platinum Club, Hall of Fame

Area Covered: Woodstock, Ingersoll, Norwich

Languages Spoken: English