Renting is a great housing option for newcomers.
Compared to buying, renting usually offers lower monthly costs than a mortgage and offers more stability for fixed monthly costs.
The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) is the main guide for landlords and tenants in Alberta. A RTA Handbook and Quick Reference Guide from Service Alberta includes checklists in 16 different languages.
The Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) is available for landlords and tenants seeking help on issues.
Before renting here is a list of things to consider:
- Rental periods
- If a signed lease is required
- Move-in/move-out inspections
- Security deposit
- Payment methods
- Ending a tenancy
- Acceptable causes
- Notice periods
- Landlord and tenant responsibilities
- Rent increase regulations and notice periods
- If pets and smoking are permitted
For questions about renting in Alberta call the Consumer Contact Centre for areas outside of Edmonton at 1-877-427-4088.
View a list of current vacancies by visiting the Alberta Rental Board.