Barclay West Properties manages a small collection of rental properties in Westdale, close to McMaster University. Our tenants enjoy real homes which fit into the neighbourhood: they’re comfortable and livable and look nice.
Ken & Julie Moyle
WHAT OUR TENANTS MAY EXPECT FROM US
The furthest rental property is a not even a one minute walk from our house. We take care of all of the garden maintenance during the growing months, and clear the sidewalks and shovel paths to the front and side doors in the winter.
The common areas of the houses come either completely or mostly furnished, and are at least partly decorated – the look is usually on the comortable side of respectable, with a strong note of Ikea.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN PROSPECTIVE TENANTS
Our ideal tenants come as a complete group, plan to stay for two or three years, and will show consideration for their neighbours (most of whom are raising children or are retirees). There are plenty of houses available for students who just want a room for their stuff in a house with seven other people. We’re looking for tenants who want a proper home while at school: a real house in which everyone has a nice bedroom and shares life in the kitchen, living and dining rooms.
BECOMING STUDENT LANDLORDS
We bought our first house together when we moved to Westdale in 1999. Two years later, we moved to a house down the street and were confronted with the prospect of our old house being purchased by absentee landlords and allowed to deteriorate; instead, we decided to rent it out ourselves.
Barclay West Properties has grown as we bought other nearby rental properties on our street, returned them to the quality of family homes, and then rented them carefully to students who stay, ideally, for two or three years (second to fourth year).