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Things to be careful of after "Landing"

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The Meys

Thank you for contributions like this. I believe every person who has ever moved outside the borders of SA had to pay school fees, but with the assistance of someone who has gained the experience the newcomers are atleast forewarned.

Anyone who is moving to Canada, the experience of renting seems to be a foregone conclusion. I have looked at the terminology used by the rental agencies and it is clear that we have to realise that there are other rules applicable in Canada. Things like built-in vacuum systems, heating and other things that are not part of the regular homes in SA. We are not sure what these things are and what value is adds to the property. We also have no idea about the cost and effect of these gadgets on your monthly budget.

We are moving to Calgary during July and we will have to rent for some time.

Could you or anybody else give us some pointers with regard to rental in Canada? Are there some reputable agency or person we could contact in the meantime?

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Matisse
We are moving to Calgary during July and we will have to rent for some time.

Could you or anybody else give us some pointers with regard to rental in Canada? Are there some reputable agency or person we could contact in the meantime?

There are some useful information on this website of the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation on renting property in Canada. On the right of that webpage there is a link to provincial fact sheets, where you could obtain additional information on renting in Alberta. If you browse on this site, you will also find answers to many of your other housing questions.

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alan

RENTING IN ALBERTA - in response to the Meys question

A good place to start in Alberta is the provincial government website to learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant in Alberta. They have a very useful Tipsheet and there is also a web site for landlords and tenats at www.landlordandtenant.org. (There seems to be a problem with the site this morning).

In Alberta all residential tenancies are covered by the Residential Tenancies Act and no landlord may make you sign a contract which contravenes that act. Even if you unwittingly sign a contract which contravenes the act, the act will override that clause. Familiarise yourself with it so that you know your rights, if you rent directly from an owner. Property managers are governed by the Real Estate Council of Alberta and if they do anything you dont like, report them. Or at least threaten to do so. Even if they give you lousy service. They are expected to abide by a code of conduct.

Unfortunately I cant recommend anyone personally but a good place to start would be the following web sites:

Rentfaster

HomeRent

Homebase

Calgary Herald

Homebase publish a magazine which is free and available at most supermarkets or convenience stores (corner cafe) locations. I don't know what the going rates are for rentals but they will vary according to the area of the city you select. Make sure you compare a number of offerings in an area to determine a fair price.

Hope this helps

Alan

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bianca

This is not so much a 'scam' - just some general advice.

Be careful of people's recommendations, even local SA immigrants who have been here for x amount of years.

We bought - for example - 1 new car (OK, a cheaper model) and 1 2nd hand car, on the mistaken belief that one had to have a reliable car for the winter.

Now - i know this sounds stupid when you read it on the screen like this - and I can't believe that we were that stupid ;) - but I'm exposing myself to ridicule here to serve as an example of how to check things out for yourself first.......... and not be influenced by other people you trust.

Same for the kind of winter boots or coat that is the only 'good' one that you should get, good brands for white appliances etc etc etc. This is a 'disposable' consumer society, but cheap is not always bad like we were trained to believe in SA.

hope this helps somebody save some hard-earned Rands converted to CAD!!!! :lol:

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Merv
This is not so much a 'scam' - just some general advice.

Be careful of people's recommendations, even local SA immigrants who have been here for x amount of years.

We bought - for example - 1 new car (OK, a cheaper model) and 1 2nd hand car, on the mistaken belief that one had to have a reliable car for the winter.

Now - i know this sounds stupid when you read it on the screen like this - and I can't believe that we were that stupid ;) - but I'm exposing myself to ridicule here to serve as an example of how to check things out for yourself first.......... and not be influenced by other people you trust.

Bianca, how is what you did stupid? I don't get it. Seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do

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bianca

Hi Merv

maybe its just because it is not so cold here - but 2 second hand cars would have been perfectly OK, 'tis unlikely that one would be stuck where we drive without help for more than 15 minutes! So the risk involved in driving a 2nd hand car vs the new version is definitely mitigated.... Could have saved some cash outlay!

does that clarify my meaning?

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Merv
Hi Merv

maybe its just because it is not so cold here - but 2 second hand cars would have been perfectly OK, 'tis unlikely that one would be stuck where we drive without help for more than 15 minutes! So the risk involved in driving a 2nd hand car vs the new version is definitely mitigated.... Could have saved some cash outlay!

does that clarify my meaning?

I still think you are beating yourself up unnecessarily, hindsight is always great to have, pity we can't have hindsight beforehand isn't it ? :cry: . I think it is not too wise to have two cars of the same age, and then potentially having to replace both cars at the same time. It is not a bad idea at all to have one new (er) car and one old(er) car.

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QRM

A tip

When changing money, ask the kiosk to check that the notes are genuine.

I received a whole wad of couterfit money from a Kiosk at Vancouver airport.

After I discovered I had been had and returned to the Kiosk, they knew nothing about it.

In-fact go to a casino if you want money the rates are better anyway.

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Harry

SPANISH NIGERIAN SCAMS

Last Friday a letter arrived here at the house, addressed to me in person. Needless to say they had my name and address perfectly correct, but the stamp was Spanish! That seemed weird, so I opened this thing to see.

Imagine my surprise when the letter announced that I had won more than 800,000 Euros and that I had to just provide:

1. The number of the bank account where they should deposit the money

2. Some info on next of kin.

They supplied a set of phone numbers and the name of some or other doctor something, which I could phone to confirm.

Naturally I did not believe a word of it. I inherently distrust immediately anything that wants information form me. SO I checked on the Internet and, sure enough, the "Hispanic Lottery" appears very very quickly as a scam that reads exactly like my letter....an obvious ruse to get hold of a valid bank account number.

I closed up the letter again, and left it for my wife to handle, just to see how she'd react. She did not even open it and just simply tossed it in the trash can. We had a bit of a conversation about what else she might have thrown in the trash, but she said this "smelt so obviously wrong" that she did not even bother to open it.

SO, Imagine my intrigue yesterday when another letter arrives....also from Spain. The bit that bothered me

was the fact that the letter coincidentally involved "a South African". It reads as follows:

"I am Mrs ### ### from Spain married to barrister ### ### from South Africa for seven years and blessed with two kids, I am the manager bills and exchange at the foreign remittance department of CC Bank here in Spain." There is some more blah and then the person says that some or other creature with my surname (and an impossible first name: "Anderseni") has 77M in the bank and has died. They'd like to help me claim the money as supposed next of kin because I have the same surname. Then we are to split the money.

Interestingly, this time they do not try to get info from me, but provide (again) a cell-phone number to phone). You can read more about this "Next-of-kin scam" here:

http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/archiv...php/t-3079.html

Now you know what all the "unemployed" African "immigrants" are doing in Europe...learning from their half-educated Nigerian friends who are attempting these days to get credence by invoking and involving the two words : "South Africa".

The fact that they do that, is going to hurt us all.

I wonder what their success rate is. They must have SOME, otherwise they would not keep doing ity. I wonder what exactly it says about the people who fall or it.

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gek

I just received such an email from a zimbabwean kid now living in South Africa stating that because he was not living there lawfully he had no claim on millions in a bank account in south Africa his deceased dad had put there for him. The email says they can transfer the money to my account in Canada and that i get to keep 25%. Well if they can transfer the money to another persons account then why can they not gain access the money in the first place?

I get these type of emails regularly and its best to delete them right away.

Regards

Graham(Gek)

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Blueskies

I stay away from extended warrantees with two exceptions;

Printers: because of all the moving mechanical parts they are very prone to break down and repairs are expensive.

Cars: with a new car with the warrantee from the the manufacturer (the second-hand or third-party car warranteess are full of loopholes and are not worth it)

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Lizette1968

Harry

Hi....we are new to Canada and have been here almost 3 months....we are loving it and it is so refreshing to live in a first world country where things are organised and things work!

Although living in Canada feels like living on another planet, compared to Africa, we have settled in well and both have jobs. Our girls go to LSS.

I have been surfing the net looking for some kind of work I can do from home. I find plenty of these 'home based' businesses that require a start up fee of say $49 and then you get access to info from companies who need people to do typing. Because I have a high typing speed and enjoy working on the computer, I figure that I wouldn't mind doing something like this....I will have more time with my family in that way. I would like to know if anyone has had experience with paying this kind of money only to find out that it is a scam. I am careful of just sending money and I would prefer to know if it actually is real and how it works.

Regards

Lizette <_<

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hennie_dup

Lizette

I have tried this in SA and found it not worth the while. The red tape and nonsense around it is incredible.

I have also heard from others who have been scammed out of the money they were supposed to earn. After the stuff was typed and supplied in the format required, all sorts of "problems" and "mistakes" were "identified" in the work, resulting in the people being told they will not get paid for the "substandard" work they did. Meanwhile, everything was done according to instructions.

Be very careful, mostly the people selling these only make their money from your $49 or whatever the R value is they charge here. I'm not saying they are all crooks, but I haven't found a real opportunity in these types of businesses yet, and I've tried a few, and know others who have tried as well.

Hope this helps

Hennie

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dieulefit

Folks, a scheme is a scheme and PERIOD! I can not, for the life of me, understand how people (my own family too, unfortunately) can get themselves trapped this way. Same goes when you are leaving S.Africa and desperate to bring out more funds than what you are legally allowed too. Be EXTREMELY careful as you can not even trust your own Accountant in S.Africa! I know a family who trusted their *Accountant who had ways of investing ("legally" nogals) money overseas and he has been their Accountant for many years, they trusted him completely AND he is well-known in their city and church community - does a lot for charity etc... . He did them in with an amount that will let you faint! Follow the rules and further let your own family help you - if you can trust them :huh: . (I still think and believe that you do things honestly and handle your finances yourself.)

Agree with Merv on the car advice - I'd rather spend money on an good car (even if it is a used vehicle - I am only driving a demo and will never buy a new car). However, Canada can have some harsh driving conditions and you do not want to 'sukkel' with an old klinker! That, in my opinion, was not bad advice at all. We gave our two first vehicles here in Canada away to two new families (complete strangers to us) who arrived in Canada and we told both families that we would not trust those cars to be driven too far out of town. Both cars lasted both families more or less 3 years and we felt good helping someone new to this country.

*This Accountant is still operating as usual, even though he has swindled over R22 million from his (trusted) clients and I have heard that there are so many fraud cases, clogging the legal system in South Africa that his case might see the courts in 10-15 years :lol: ! In the meantime, this chap is doing business as usual and God only knows how many more loopholes he has thought about to down a few more people out of their savings... . Does this paint things clearer for everyone <_< - I think you need to walk with cat feet when it comes to trusting someone else with your precious Rands. Yes, there are S.Africans here (in Canada) who are cleverly waiting for newcomers and do them in - you better watch out for that too! That's why I'm saying - your gut will let you know and listen to it.

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Just J

May I ask if the links and info supplied in this topic from 2005 is still applicable?

Is there any new info that anyone could share?

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