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 Government of Alberta has also created a guide of consumer tips for landlords and tenants.

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.