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Landlord and Tenant Rights

The law that protects the rights of tenants in Alberta is the Residential Tenancies Act. The Act provides rules and remedies for both landlords and tenants.

The Residential Tenancies Act covers many aspects of a rental agreement. You and a tenant can add other items to the rental agreement that are not covered by the Act.

There is also a "Voluntary Code of Practice" published by the Alberta government which is an aid to interpreting the Act.

Other laws may also affect the rights of a tenant with regard to certain matters.

For example, public health laws require rented premises to be safe and sanitary.

Although most agreements to rent a place to live are covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, the Act specifically excludes some arrangements (laws that apply to renting particular types of property.)

May 2006

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