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Landlord Applies to Court for Damages or Arrears of Rent
If you breach a tenancy agreement, your landlord can apply to court for an order that you pay damages to compensate the landlord for the breach. The landlord can apply for damages alone, or can apply for damages plus orders to end the tenancy or for possession of the property as well.
A landlord can apply to court for:
To apply to court for damages, the landlord needs to (see sidebar links):
Service Alberta's Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) offers landlords and tenants an alternative means of resolving serious disputes outside of court. The RTDRS 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 may use the service. Both landlords and tenants may file an application with the RTDRS for different remedies.The matter will be heard before a Tenancy Dispute Officer who is authorized to make binding decisions on claims up to $25,000. The decision of the Tenancy Dispute Officer is binding on all parties.
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