Group gives landlords ‘a voice’
Ray Goulet moved to Sudbury in 2011. He now owns five buildings and 31 apartments, but says he has experienced a terrible trend – bad tenants.
“I was amazed with the amount of poor rentals, people taking advantage of the landlords, and there were no rules in place,” Goulet said. “There was no organization for landlords in town, even though there were a lot of landlords, and there was no voice for the landlord here in Sudbury.”
Goulet, along with others, formed the Greater Sudbury Landlord Association, which is now up and running and looking to continue to grow its membership.
It is a non-profit organization that services the public by educating all landlords in the Nickel City area. There are meetings once a month at the Caruso Club with guest speakers from the community providing knowledge in any and all things like plumbers, health department, bylaws, tribunal, paralegals, pest control and snow removal.
“We wanted to gather and have there be a voice for everyone in Sudbury as a landlords group,” Goulet said.
Currently, there about 25 paid members and roughly 90 landlords on a distribution list.
“We look forward to more members joining our group,” Goulet said.