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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tenants must pass landlord's scrutiny or sleep in street By TERRY M< DONALD Herald Staff Writer Second of a series Housing industry experts say the vacancy rate for rental accommodation in Lethbridge is running un- der one per cent. That's a landlord's market, they say. "I'd say the vacancy rate is running closer to says Charles Kiely, mortgage manager for Canada Trust in Lethbridge. A landlord's market? That means the most important thing in a prospective tenant landlord relationship is that the would be tenant makes a good impression on the would be landlord. The other extreme would be the prospective tenant turning down an attractive apartment in an ideal neighborhood with a reasonable rent because the bedroom curtains don't match the bedspread. That's clearly a tenant's market and goes hand in hand with a vacancy rate approaching 10 per cent. The ideal vacancy rate, local housing industry spokesmen say, is nearer five per cent. These days in Lethbridge many landlords are carefully scrutinizing would be tenants for whatever vacancies they have. Outright vacancies are rare. More common is the suite that is coming vacant next month or the month after and the landlord is already deciding if the would be te- nant is suitable. One city landlord, who owns two apartment buildings, agreed to explain to The Herald how he scrutinized potential tenants only if he was guaranteed anonymity. "This is a highly com- petitive business. A cut throat business. And I wouldn't want the other guys to know how I he blurted. His story was more blunt but similar to three other landlords interviewed by The Herald who were also hesitant to have their names used here. The landlord explained that there are only so many "good tenants." They are the tenants who have stayed put for years, are quiet, responsible, pay rent on time, and look after their apartments. Most im- portant they don't upset the other "good their neighbors. At times of high apartment vacancy rates, the landlord is harder pressed to find tenants who fit in well with his "good tenants.' But these days, all he has to do is sit tight and the right tenant is bound to show up soon. Would be tenants are usually asked for references from their previous landlord. If they previously owned their own home elsewhere and appear to be looking for an apartment in Lethbridge only until a home they like and can afford becomes available here, that's a black mark against them. The great numbers of students who attend college or university here and construc- tion workers attracted to the city by the various large pro- jects under way here are classed as short term tenants also. A black mark. Appearance is importnat. hippie will usually be quite comfortable in an apart- ment but will force the lady next door to move." So, long hair and anything else that might brand a prospective te- nant as a "hippie" in this landlord's eyes will be a disad- vantage. Occupation is important, as is number of children. Pets are out almost everywhere these days and even one child is a distinct disadvantage. As evidence that occupation is but one of the conditions would be tenants must measure up to is the plight of a professional man and his family "living in a real dump over on 5th Street S. because thats all he could find." He was visited by Fran Harris, of the Hi Neighbour welcome service, recently. 'The says the landlord, "is my personal judgment of any potential tenant In the event of the rare out- right vacancy, where a poten- tial tenant views a suite that is already vacant, this landlord reluctantly admits that the rent can be fairly flexible. In olher words, a "good tenant" would get the apart- ment for less than the not so good tenant. The "good tenant" also has less to fear from a rent increase. "It's worth a few dollars to keep a good says the landlord, even in these days of extremely !ow vacancies. District The LetKbtidge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, September 25, 1974 Pages 13-24 Some Hutterite classes are much larger Hutterville school at colony southeast of Magrath Strap a teaching boon in Hutterite schools By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer First of Two Parts Willingness to use the strap and maintain strict discipline in the classroom is the key to being an effective teacher in Hutterite colony schools, a four-year study of Southern Alberta colony schools found. George Mann, a sociologist at the University of Lethbridge and author of the study, says it "is very impor- tant to develop good relationships between teacher and student" because the Hutterite children will resist education until such a relationship is attained. And a good relationship with the students usually only develops after the teachers have established themselves as the authority of the school, he maintains. Dr. Mann found that authority can only be realized through the use of the strap or a combination of the use of the strap and forcefulness of the teacher's personality. The more forceful and authoritarian the personality, the less often the strap had to be applied to maintain dis- cipline. The strap is the kind of dis- cipline the Hutterite children respect and understand because it is commonly used in their social system, he ex- plains. In his investigation of teacher autonomy at 37 Hutterite colony schools in Southern Alberta. Dr. Mann found that discipline was "a continuing major problem for 22 per cent of the teachers." An equal percentage of Registration ends today for voters Today is the last day for non-property owners to register to vote in the Oct. 16 civic election and city hall will remain open until p.m. again tonight for last-minute registrations. Officials in city hairs assessment office where votes are being registered said registration total reached 888 Tuesday, with 309 voters signing in Tuesday, including 318 in the period ordered by city council Mon- day. Voting lists will be compiled starting Thursday and the total number of eligible voters including renters and property owners should be available after the middle of next week. teachers found discipline to be "a severe problem" until they established control, a process that took anywhere from a few months to three years. A Hutterite colony school "can be one of the most dif- ficult places to Dr. Mann claims. "So instead of hiring people who are having problems themselves or who have weak school boards should be hiring teachers with dynamic per- sonalities to teach in the colony schools. Some teachers try to use other methods of discipline such as detention or they attempt to obtain control by treating the students as friends. "None of these things he points out. "On the whole, the general population on the colonies see a good teacher as one who maintains discipline. Some of the elders also rate teachers on their ability to teach reading and writing but they believe a teacher must be an authoritarian to effectively teach reading and writing. The study shows that 17 per cent of the teachers question- ed felt that their relationship with the Hutterite children was "extremely poor" and another 27 per cent felt they only had "satisfactory" relationships with the students. The remaining percentage reported "very- good relationships." The deviant behavior of the Hutterite children was cited as a possible source of poor relationships between some teachers and the students. "Lying by the students was seen as a distinct problem by many teachers while cheating and stealing were of somewhat less concern." the 404 page study states. About 41 per cent of the teachers surveyed found Hutterite students lied con- stantly while about 29 per cent said the students "often" lied. About 24 per cent of the teachers claimed the students cheat "constantly" and 48 per cent said they cheat Stealing wasn't as great a problem but it was still listed by the leachers as a form of student deviance. About 49 per cent of the teachers said theft rarely occured in the colony schools and only about 19 per cent said it occured con- stantly. Dr. Mann suggests much of the lying perceived by teachers could be the result of children attempting to avoid being strapped because of a misdeed Even though the students respect the teacher who uses the strap they still don't like to receive it so they attempt to lie their way out of trouble. Cheating, according to Dr. Mann, is likely a "problem of culture definition." Because of their social background it is a natural response for the children to help each other out and share their work together, he ex- plains. Since the teacher is from a different culture, this sharing is classified as cheating. The Hutterite adult popula- tion feel it is only natural for children to misbehave and such behavior can only be altered over a number of years through strict dis- cipline. They also believe in "immediate discipline" and to forget about the child's behavior once the punishment has been applied. Dr. Mann believes their custom of not reminding youngsters of their misdeeds for hours or even days after they occured is healthy. "They (the children) don't suffer from guilt complexes" and there is less strain on their mental health. Misbehavior is not so readi- ly acceptable once a Hutterite person has been baptised. Baptism usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 22. Once baptised, misbehavior is viewed as acting against a commitment to the spiritual beliefs of the Hutterite religion. The study also found teacher student relationships to be directly affected by the number of students in the classroom and the number of grades each teacher had to instruct. The teachers with a limited grade range reported very good relationships. Teachers in Hutterite schools are responsible for teaching six to nine grades all the subjects of the elementary or junior high curriculum. Three quarters of the teachers surveyed were responsible for the education