Renting

Whether you are a tenant living in a rental property or a landlord renting out a property, there are laws you need to know about!

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's staff as a good place to start.

You may also find helpful resources listed under the legal topic: Landlord and tenant


Suggested Resources

Your rights when renting: Human rights in Alberta is a series of resources funded by the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multicultural Fund. In this project the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA)  has created resources for multicultural communities to learn about their rental rights under the Alberta Human Rights Act. These resources use real-life scenarios to explain what landlords are allowed to do and not do under the Act. The resources also explain what remedies are available and how individuals can access these remedies.

Related legal topic(s): Charter of Rights, Human rights, Refugees

The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta produces and distributes booklets and pamphlets that explain the law in plain language. Topics areas include but are not limited to: Landlord and tenant issues, renting with a pet, roomates, shared accommodation, folreclosure, real estate; and law-related education materials for schools. Publications are available as PDFs or print copies may be ordered.

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If you have a problem while renting, this tip sheet can help you figure out what to do. The tipsheet is a publication of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

Related legal topic(s): Landlord and tenant

Do you have questions about and your rights as a tenant when you have lost your job? Take a look at our new resource for answers to some common questions.

Related legal topic(s): Landlord and tenant, Loss of employment

LawNow is a bi-monthly digital public legal education magazine which has been  published by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta for almost 40 years.  Its articles  and columns are written in plain language take a practical look at how the law relates to the every day lives of Canadians.In each issue, LawNow’s landlord and tenant law column takes a look at a specific topic in this area of law and explains it clearly and concisely.

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This online resource is a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. It has information for both landlords and tenants. For Tenants, this site will give you information about: Becoming a Tenant; Moving In; Living There; Moving Out; Disputes; Students; a News section; as well as a Glossary. For Landlords, this site will give you information about: Becoming a Landlord; Before the Tenancy; During the Tenancy; Ending the Tenancy; Disputes; a News section; as well as a Glossary.

Related legal topic(s): Landlord and tenant

These FAQs are provided by the Canadian Legal FAQs, a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. They provide answers to questions about real estate law in Alberta including aspects of purchasing a home and land titles.

Related legal topic(s): Real estate and home ownership

Renting Basics Guide is a new easy read guide to renting in Alberta. It is a publication of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta . You can download the guide for free on their website. Educators, settlement agencies and community organizations are welcome to order print copies of the guide while supplies last.

Related legal topic(s): Landlord and tenant

This Handbook is designed to explain the rights and responsibilities of all tenants, landlords, and agents involved in renting residential premises in Alberta under the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and regulations: • Residential Tenancies Exemption Regulation • Residential Tenancies Ministerial Regulation • Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service Regulation • Security Deposit Interest Rate Regulation • Subsidized Public Housing Regulation

The Handbook will explain the minimum legislated requirements set out in the RTA. It provides landlords and tenants with options to deal with matters not established as minimum requirements and makes residential tenancy resource material available in a user-friendly format.

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The Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) offers landlords and tenants an alternative means of resolving serious disputes outside of court. The Service is designed to be faster, more informal and less expensive than the courts. A tenant or a landlord who has concerns related to an eviction, unpaid rent/utilities, security deposit, damages, repairs or other common disagreements can use the service.

Related legal topic(s): Landlord and tenant, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution

These publications produced by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta explain the legal aspects of the following housing issues: Renting a Condominium; Renting a Room in your Home; Life Leases; and Reverse Mortgages. Each can be downloaded as a PDF.

Related legal topic(s): Landlord and tenant, Supportive living and seniors’ housing

Service Alberta investigates complaints from Albertans about consumer transactions, including landlord and tenant issues. The first step in the complaint process is to talk with an Information Officer at 780-427-4088 in Edmonton and toll free at 1-877-427-4088 throughout the rest of the province.

Related legal topic(s): Consumer protection and fraud, Landlord and tenant, Non-profit and charity law

Alberta Resources

The Alberta Residential Landlord Associationn brings together owners, operators and managers of residential rental properties. Working together, they promote professionalism, education and equity in all aspects of the Residential Rental Business for the benefit of industry members and tenants.

Related legal topic(s): Landlord and tenant

Youthlaw.ca is a website of the Children's Legal and Educational Resource Centre (CLERC). CLERC offers legal advice, information, referrals and services to children and youth.The Legal Topics section of their website offers answers to some common questions asked by youth regarding their legal rights.  Lawyers at CLERC provide representation to young people 19 years of age and under who have nowhere else to turn for legal support.

Related legal topic(s): Adoption, Bullying, Child support, Common law relationships, Custody and access, Divorce and separation, Drugs and alcohol, Health issues, Landlord and tenant, Marriage, Relationship violence, Sexual assault

This booklet, provided by the Alberta Courts, is a resource for landlords and tenants. It includes information about: What should I do first?; Right to Apply to Residential Tenancy Dispute; What are the remedies offered under the RTA?; How do I start my application?; How do I file and serve the notice of application and the supporting affidavit?; What can I do if I have been served with a notice of application?; What happens at the hearing?; What happens after the decision?; Appeals; Legal/Related Information; Civic Offices Telephone Numbers.
Related legal topic(s): Landlord and tenant

The Calgary Residential Rental Association provides a voice for the residential rental industry, and provides professional services and learning opportunities for members, including educational programs and resources.
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This tipsheet is created by Alberta Government Services and includes information about: Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service; Who is a tenant? Who is a landlord?; Moving In; Living There; Moving Out; Renting a Condominium; Resources and Referral Information. (PDF - 12 p.)

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If a rental property is foreclosed upon, the rights of the tenant and the rights of the landlord will be affected. This booklet from the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta answers frequently asked questions about the foreclosure process with a focus on the implications for tenants. This 8 page PDF is available for free download.

Related legal topic(s): Bankruptcy and foreclosure, Landlord and tenant, Real estate and home ownership

The "Landlord and Tenant: What to Do in Court" video provides tips and information on landlord and tenant disputes, what to do in court, and possible decisions a judge may make. Video Transcripts are available in :  English | Spanish | French | Arabic | Hindi | Punjabi | Urdu

Related legal topic(s): Landlord and tenant, Legal process, Self-representation

This tipsheet was prepared by the Alberta Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner to help landlords and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities under the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)

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