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Rights

The law that protects your rights as a tenant 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 landlord 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 2005