"The primary code of law in England, dating from the middle ages and supplemented by legal decisions over the centuries. Not written down in any one place. Supplemented by statute laws passed by Parliament...."


"Common Sense is not widely enough used in society today."


As a result parties find themselves in needlessly stressful situations that could have, and should have, been avoided at all costs in the first place!

We'll never be perfect of course, but we can.........












Keep a spare key with friends or family....

Pay your rent by the due date each month....

Clean and dust regularly......

Do not clutter your home to the unsafe stages....

Test your smoke alarms as routine when housecleaning...

Clean your clothes dryer vents at least twice a year....

Don't watch condensation/mildew/mold grow around you.... 










When you feel responsible enough to rent your own home, you'll want to be ready to impress those landlords whom you'll be asking to trust you as their tenant. Make no mistake. You will have to complete an application for rentals.

You will need to supply your date of birth(DOB), current address, employment information, social insurance number|(SIN), names of family members residing with you, and many other questions.

The first impression you will make is when you telephone the landlord in response to the For Rent sign, advertisement in the local paper, or internet advertisement that caught your eye. Always, always, always, have the newspaper advertisment with you when you call.  

Introduce yourself to the person you are calling.  Identify where you found the advertisment, give the address of the building if you have it, and ask if it is still available. Be ready to ask, and to answer, some preliminary questions at that time to ensure you do not waste your time viewing units that do not meet your needs.





A "tenant" is a person who pays rent for the right to occupy a rental unit.

In most cases rent is due on the first day of each month. To protect your credit rating, and your integrity, ensure it is paid on time each month. 





If you are responsible for paying your own utilities, it is your responsibility to ensure those accounts are paid monthly as required. Landlords cannot be held responsible for tenants who vacate units with outstanding charges for utilities. I always assist utility providers with any information I may have to find tenants that vacated units with outstanding utility charges. At some point in your life, with the good grace of God, they will find you and garnish bank accounts and wages for the amounts plus interest and costs.



If you have maintenance issues that require the landlord'sattention, ensure that you put the maintenance request in writing to the landlord, with the date of the request, and serve it upon the landlord.  Avoid the "he said...she said" confusion. Keep a copy of your request for your records in a simple file labelled "Tenancy File".









It is sometimes the landlord's privilege, and interest, to provide accomodations that are smoke free, and pet free. It is a condition for many rental units managed by Alpha Omega. 

If you have a dog or cat, do not choose to rent a unit that clearly forbids them in the application. If you smoke in a rental unit that is designated as a smoke free rental unit, your landlord can, and most certainly should, take immediate action to terminate your tenancy.

Second, and third hand smoke is a threat to the landlord and other tenants and the requirement to rid the unit of that smoke is "damages", and grounds for termination of the tenancy.

Common sense says you should understand these requirements as responsible adults in society today. So do yourself a favour and find a unit suited to your lifestyle.


Chances are you will rent a property that has been reasonably cleaned prior to your taking possession, or will be immaculately clean. Unless your mother is coming to clean up behind you on a daily basis, then it falls upon you the tenant to ensure your rental unit is cleaned regularly.

I have rented several properties across Canada, and I can say that without fail my wife and I cleaned each and every one of them on the day we moved in, regularly thereafter while we resided there, and thoroughly again prior to turning the property back to it;s owner.

 Your move in kit should most certainly contain the following;

(a) broom, dustpan, mop, bucket, vacuum;

(b) household cleaning detergents such as lysol, bleach, glass cleaner, oven cleaner, toilet cleaners, etc;

(c) a toilet plunger(could save you expensive plumbing costs);

One of my current  tenants complained that the bathroom sink and bathtub was not draining water away, and demanded a plumber be sent. The plumber snaked out both, and found the cause to be excessive body hair to be the reason for the blockages. The charge for the plumber was charged back to the tenant. A few months later, the tenant again complained that water was leaking down into the kitchen from the bathroom. Upon inspection I found that the bathroom sink and cupboard were covered in long blonde hairs. The water was backing up to the sink pipe fittings because of the hair in the pipes, and spilling out at the connection to flood down into the kitchen ceiling. The tenant was provided a phone number for a plumber, and a notice of termination for damages caused to the kitchen ceiling by negligence.

Keeping a clean house is expected from all tenants.  Last time I checked, a clean house was not  harmful to your health.

Remove all household waste, and recyclable materials, from your home daily so that you eliminate possible infestation of cockroaches, fruitflys, or other pests.





Alpha Omega Property Management Inc.


To better assist us both, please provide as much of the following information to support your search for residential rental accommodations.

1. Your full names. Who will reside at this property with you?

2. Your current address and reason for re-locating.

3. Have you provided proper legal notice to your landlord to terminate your existing tenancy? How long have you resided at your current address?

4. Has your current landlord provided you with a written reference?

5. What date do you require a rental unit?

6. Do you require parking? For how many vehicles?

7. Do you seek a unit that permits pets? What pets do you have?

8. Where are you employed, and how long have you held your position?

9. What is your approximate gross monthly household income?

10. What is your price range limit for housing and utilities?

11. What extra features do you require for your accommodations?(ac/laundry/wheelchair ramp/garden/elevator/etc)

12. If you are a college student, do you have someone to act as legal guarantor on your lease?

13. Have you already obtained your own current credit history report to provide to landlords?

14. How long of a term lease are you seeking?

15. What is the best time for you to conduct viewings of potential units?

16. What is your best contact telephone number?


Landlords generally put a great deal of time, and money, into preparing a informative advertisement. Pictures are usually provided, and substantial details about the rental unit are crafted to catch your attention for the rental unit.  Replying to these ads with a one line email such as "hey I am interested, could you call me", or "when can I see the place" is probably going to get your email sent immediately to the junk mail file without a reply. Serious applicants will shine through for their diligence, and for their informative introduction.  Try it! 






Barrie apartments for rent, plus houses and condos:

Barrie public housing, rent geared to income accomodations, and government benefits for the disadvantaged:

Barrie Tenants Associations:

City of Barrie - Government pages:

Other government services

  • Ontario Government Information Centre, 34 Simcoe St., Barrie, (705) 737-0823
  • Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal, Client Service Office, 34 Simcoe Street, Barrie, 1-888-332-3234

Other Barrie Social Services, Agencies and Advocacy Groups (help and advice):

Legal Services:


    • Community Legal Clinic-Simcoe Haliburton Kawartha Lakes. Barrie Satellite Office, 85 Bayfield St, 1st Flr, (705) 737-3400
    • Barrie Criminal Law Office, 85 Bayfield Street, Suite 204, Barrie, (705) 719-0289
    • Legal Aid Office, 85 Bayfield Street, Main Level, Barrie, (705) 737-3400

Emergencies: Fire, police, plus distress centres:

Barrie Foodbanks and emergency shelters:

Barrie Hospitals and Healthcare:

    Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000 for health advice over the phone

    Walk in and Community Health Clinics We recommend you telephone a clinic in advance to ensure the clinic will be open and a doctor will be available when you plan to arrive. (Sorry, I can't list the hours and days of service as they can change and it is too much work on a volunteer basis to keep track and update such detailed information.)

    Barrie Community Health Centre, 56 Bayfield St, (705) 734-9690
    Barrie Family Medicine, 18 Cundles Rd E, (705) 737-1887
    Doctor's Family Medical and Walk-In Clinic, 353 Duckworth St, (705) 739-8812


    Royal Victoria Hospital, 201 Georgian Dr, (705) 728-9802

    Doctor Search, a service provided by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario



Other Services:



Other Directories and Search Engines:

General Reference?


It Is Your Choice!

This week we share a powerful reminder from Tony Robbins that no matter what is going on in the economy or our lives, we are ultimately in control of our destinies.

Take control of your decisions and your life with these strategies.

What is the single force that shapes the quality of our lives? What power do we have that can change everything? As you and I both know, the answer is the power of choice.

During the past 30 years I’ve had the privilege of working with an incredibly diverse group of people, from presidents of countries to professional athletes, from managers to moms, from gang members to high-powered business executives. I’ve had the unique opportunity to see people in the midst of real challenges, whether it’s the professional athlete who wants to regain his competitive edge, the business leader who wants to expand her influence or the political leader who struggles with a difficult decision. I may not have all the answers (who does?), but after working with so many people and observing the patterns that make them succeed or fail, one thing I am sure of is this: It is our decisions, not our conditions, that determine the quality of our lives.

Take a look at your own life. Are you where you want to be? Are you as healthy or financially secure or as happy in your relationships as you would like to be? Or, even if things are going well, are you looking for that extra edge to retain the competitive advantage? Perhaps you feel that in spite of your success, there’s more out there for you, but for some reason, you haven’t grasped it yet. Your first instinct may be to blame the economy, or the housing market, or someone who has treated you unfairly.

Before we go any further, we need to understand that we are where we are today because of the decisions we’ve made—decisions about what to focus on, decisions about where to place our priorities, decisions about what things mean and decisions about what to do. For example, if your business or career has been affected by the recession, do you feel that you are being punished or challenged to find a new path? What are you going to do about it? Are you going to give up or give more? No matter what we have experienced in the past, our history is not our destiny—we all have the power to make new decisions today.

Here’s another way to look at it: Success is a result of good judgment; good judgment is a result of experience, in most cases. And what about experience? Yes, experience is most often a result of bad judgment.

So here’s the good news: The experience gained from bad judgment and bad decisions is unbelievably valuable—it’s priceless! So don’t waste time beating yourself up over poor decisions you’ve made; learn from the experiences. Really, failure is actually one of the best ways we learn. When people succeed, they celebrate. When they fail, they ponder. They stop and think, What happened here? What could I have done differently? It’s only through self-evaluation that we learn how to make better decisions. So, when you make mistakes, learn from them; use your experience to improve your judgment and make better decisions.

The Path to Freedom—Financial or Otherwise

We’re living in extraordinarily difficult times. Every day we read about and experience more challenges, often related to things we can’t control, whether it’s the economy, the environment or unemployment. We can allow the stress and uncertainty caused by these events to overwhelm us or we can transform our lives by making different decisions.

One of the decisions we can make is to live with a mindset of abundance. What I mean by this is if we live as though wealth has more to do with what’s in our minds than what’s in our wallets, if we understand that how we feel is more important than what we have, we can discover an immense sense of freedom and happiness.

Think about it: Do you know anyone who has a lot of money but doesn’t feel free, doesn’t feel loved, doesn’t feel like he has a choice? Sure you do. You may even feel that way yourself. That feeling happens when you’re not in control of your emotions because you’re looking for someone or something external to fill internal needs.

I don’t care what you’ve achieved or how much money you’ve earned, if you live with an attitude of scarcity and limitation, if you wait for someone or something else to fulfill you, you’re not going to be happy. You must make the decision to live with a mentality of abundance, and you will experience true freedom.

It’s Your Time
Everything that happens in your life—what you’re thrilled with and what you’re challenged by—began with a decision. Your life is the outcome of the decisions you’ve made and the actions you’ve taken as a result of those decisions. Different decisions produce different results.

If you want to control the direction of your life, you must consistently make good decisions. It’s not what you do once in a while that has an impact on the direction of your life—it’s what you do consistently. Make decisions today about how you are going to live in the years to come. For your decisions to really make a difference in your life it’s imperative to decide what results you’re committed to—and know specifically how these results will transform your life. It’s equally critical to decide what kind of person you’re committed to becoming. Get clear about what you want to be, do and have, and what your life will be like after you accomplish this. With that clarity, you’ll find it becomes easier to make the kinds of decisions that will move you in the direction you desire.

What are your standards? What will you demand from life? Decide today if you’ll accept life as it is or if you’ll live your life on your own terms, at the edge and at the highest level.
Have a great week unless you choose otherwise!



The Trifecta of Success

This week we would like to take time to publicly thank all our veterans, soldiers and their families for supreme sacrifices you have made so that we can enjoy the freedoms and liberties we have in our great country.

Today we share a powerful message about the fundamentals of success in life and business from Chris Widener.

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." Lou Holtz

There are three primary aspects of your life that will determine whether or not you are successful in your endeavors. You will not be successful if you have only one or two. You must have all three working together. Consider them like the three legs of a "stool of success."

Ability – the level at which you are able to actually do things. Your skill level. If you have a high level of skill, that´s good. And the better you get, the better it will be for you. To the degree that you can perform your actions at higher and higher skill levels, the more and more success you will find in your chosen field.

Motivation – the level at which you are able to find "a reason to act." This is the internal drive that you find that enables you to exercise your abilities. To the degree that you can find a way, or ways, to keep yourself motivated, you will see yourself right in the thick of things, carrying out your actions to the best of your abilities and succeeding accordingly.

Attitude – this is the mental state that you have while carrying out your actions to the best of your ability. It is the way you view the world around you and choose to see it, either positively or negatively. To the degree that you can maintain a positive attitude about yourself, others, and the circumstances you find yourself in, you will see yourself achieving greater and greater things.

"But Chris, can't I get away with just two?"


What if you have high skills and motivation but a rotten attitude? People will stay away and hinder your success. What if you have a good attitude and motivation but poor skills? People will like you, maybe even root for you, but go to someone else with the skills they need. What if you have great skills and attitude but no motivation? Well, you'll be sitting on the couch like a lazy slug while the go-getters are out there making your money and achieving your dreams!

No, it takes all three. So let's ask some questions:

Ability: How highly skilled are you? Is your skill level holding you back? How so? What could you achieve if you just took your skills to the next level beyond where they are right now? How would improving your skills improve the bottom line of your success?

Motivation: How motivated are you? Why do you answer that way? What would your spouse or close friends say? Would they say you are as motivated as you say you are? Why or why not? Why do you have the level of motivation that you have? What could you do to find a higher level of motivation? What would happen if you became super motivated for the next period of your life. What great things would happen?

Attitude: Do you have a good attitude or a poor one? How would you rate yourself? What about when things go wrong? Are you more of an optimist or a pessimist? What would happen if you took your attitude to the next level for the next 60 days? What if you just chose to have an incredible attitude? What would be the ramifications?

"The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts." Booker T. Washington

This is so true. People will judge you on what you accomplish, not what you know or what you talk about. In fact, if you know a lot or talk a lot but do not accomplish anything, people will wonder what happened. So the question is whether or not you will take the actions necessary to deliver on your potential. To do so, you will need to focus in on the three legs of the stool of success: Your ability, your motivation, and your attitude.

Take some time this week to give serious thought to these three areas. Your success depends on it!

Have a great week unless you choose otherwise.