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, roommates, shared accommodation, foreclosure, real estate; and law-related education materials for schools. Publications are available as PDFs or print copies may be ordered.
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.
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This kit has been designed for landlords, property managers and anyone else who works on-site or has access to residential rental units. It will help you understand the role you can play in preventing domestic violence on your premises. It also provides basic information on dealing with domestic violence when it does occur. For more CPLEA resources on abuse and violence in a relationship see: www.willownet.ca and www.cplea.ca/publications/abuse-and-family-violence/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Information for condominium owners, landlords and tenants about cannabis restrictions in condos, apartments and rental homes.
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.)
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.
This blog post clarifies the current law in terms of the human rights of residential tenants in Alberta, identifies concerns about a lack of effective protection of tenants’ human rights at the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service, and suggests that lawyers and advocates working in this area should ask questions to determine if discrimination is occurring and, if so, make their clients aware of their rights and how they can protect them.