Landlord and Tenant Law

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The following resources are also available on our Laws for Landlords and Tenants in Alberta website. The site provides legal information for Albertans on their rights and responsibilities under Alberta’s Residential Tenancies Act.


Renting in Alberta

Eight tips to help Alberta landlords avoid problems when renting their properties to tenants.

Last updated: December 2015

Eight rules Alberta tenants should follow to protect themselves when renting a property. The rules are easy to follow and can help protect renters if there’s a problem.

Last updated: December 2015

In Alberta, the (Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) sets out what a landlord can do if the tenant leaves their items behind. This tipsheet is a quick guide on what you should know.

Last updated: April 2018
  • Should the Tenant Keep Paying Rent?
  • What if the property is damaged?
  • What if the Property isn’t safe?
  • and more…
Last updated: May 2016

Common questions and answers about what happens if a rental property floods. Includes information on legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and renters in Alberta.

Last updated: July 2013

Information à l’intention des propriétaires et des locataires de l’Alberta

Last updated: March 2019

Information à l’intention des propriétaires et des locataires de l’Alberta

Last updated: March 2019

When a tenant dies while renting a property, there can be many questions about what to do next. This guide will help answer some of your questions.

Basic information for landlords on dealing with domestic violence.

Last updated: April 2018

You’ve been served with a 14 day eviction notice. Is it legal? What are your next steps? This handy flow chart can help answer some of your questions.

Last updated: November 2013

If your property is being foreclosed upon, or you are a tenant in a property that is being foreclosed upon, you should find out about the law of foreclosure so that you know what to expect. In this booklet, you can learn about how foreclosure works, and your rights when you are involved in a foreclosure.

Last updated: February 2016

Information on foreclosures for tenants.

Last Updated: September 2019

Dealing with hoarding in a tenancy situation involves a balancing act between a landlord’s rights and tenant’s rights under the law.

Last Updated: June 2019

If you have a problem while renting this tip sheet may help by providing common sense steps to follow that may assist you to resolve your tenancy issues.

Last updated: May 2012

Do you have questions about your rights as a tenant when you have lost your job? This resource provides information and answers to commom questions for tenants about their rights and responsibilities when they have been terminated from their job.

Last updated: March 2015

The sample “Living with your Landlord Agreement” is meant only to be a guide to assist you in developing your own room rental agreement, and may include terms that do not apply to your renting situations.

Last updated: May 2012

Under the Residential Tenancies Act, the landlord must ensure that the rental property meets minimum housing standards under the Public Health Act and its regulations such as the Housing Regulation. This booklet describes what a landlords responsibilities are under the Act and what remedies are available to tenants who feel the landlord is not following both the Housing Regulation and corresponding Minimum Housing and Health Standards for the upkeep and condition of the rental property.

Last updated:  2019

This sample agreement contains examples of the things that can be covered by a pet agreement in a rental situation. The agreement should be adapted to fit the particular situation.

Last updated: December 2012

A pet resume is the first introduction that your landlord will have to your pet. You want to highlight your pet’s best attributes in the resume, and show that you are a responsible pet owner. This is a sample that shows some of the common things that can be included in your pet’s resume.

Last updated: December 2012

This tip sheet sets out the rules that a landlord must follow under the Alberta Residential Tenancies Act to increase the rent.

Last updated: March 2012

A Guide covering the basics when renting in Alberta.

A plain language guide to renting in Alberta.

Renting a condominium is different than renting an apartment or a house. If you are a tenant in a condominium, you should know what laws you have to follow. A tenant who rents a condominium from a landlord is bound by many laws including residential tenancy law, contract law, condominium property law and condominium bylaws.

Last Updated: February 2013
If you are a homeowner and are thinking about renting out a spare room in your home you should become familiar with the laws that relate to this type of living arrangement. This booklet will help you understand the laws that relate to this living situation.

Last updated: 2013

Renting with Assistance & Support Animals

Under the Service Dogs Act, service dogs are qualified dogs trained as a guide for disabled persons.

Last updated: June 2018

This booklet outlines what you and your landlord can do in terms of pets and animals, what you can do it you have a dispute with a condominium board, and where to go if you need further help or information.

Last updated: December 2013
Renting With A Pet (Tip Sheet)

In addition to any conditions set by your landlord or condo board, you also need to be a responsible pet owner. This tip sheet offers five tips on how to be a responsible pet owner while renting in Alberta.

Last updated: December 2012
Roommate Agreement (Illustrated) (Sample Form)

It is important to pick a roommate you like and can trust to pay the rent. Here are some things you should talk about before you move in together. This is meant only to be a guide to assist you in developing your own rental agreement and may include terms that do not apply to your renting situation.

Last updated: May 2012
Roommate Agreement (Sample Form)

If you are renting a property with roommates, you may be able to avoid common problems by having a Roommate Agreement. This sample agreement is meant only as a guide to assist you in developing your own rental agreement and may include terms that do not apply to your specific rental situation.

Last updated: February 2011

This fact sheet outlines issues of safety and security that are a major concern for landlords. If you are a landlord, you need to be aware of options that you have for dealing with safety, including locks and security devices, repairs and crime and crime prevention.

Last updated: March 2012

This tip sheet outlines issues of safety and security that are a major concern for tenants. If you are a tenant, you should be aware of the options that you have under Alberta’s Residential Tenancies Act for dealing with the safety and security of your rental unit such as changing or adding a lock yourself, landlord entry, responsibility for repairs, and protection of privacy.

Last updated: March 2012

Shared accommodation is when you live with your landlord or a roommate. This booklet outlines what your legal rights and responsibilities are if you are in this type of living situation.

In Alberta, landlords and tenants have different options to resolve their tenancy disputes. This chart provides basic information on various dispute resolutions options, as well as a list of resources for getting legal advice.

Last Updated: June 2019

If a property you are renting is put up for sale, you should familiarize yourself with the laws that relate to this process. This booklet answers the questions you may have during the sale process: what can happen when a rental property is put up for sale; the rights and obligations of both landlord and tenant during the selling process; and what happens after the property is sold.

Last updated: June 2012
Your rights when renting: Human rights in Alberta (Collection of online resources)

Are you a renter? The Alberta Human Rights Act helps protect renters from discrimination. This infographic explains what protections renters have under the Act.

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