No. A landlord cannot keep any of the security deposit to cover damage to the unit if inspection reports were not completed. A move-in inspection must be completed by the landlord and tenant one week before or after the tenant takes possession of the rental unit. A move-out inspection must be completed by the landlord and tenant one week before or after the tenant gives up possession. Tenants must be provided with a copy of the reports from both inspections. If a tenant refuses to take part in either inspection, the landlord can complete the inspection without the tenant being present.
It is an offence under the Residential Tenancies Act for a landlord to keep money from the security deposit for damage when inspection reports were not completed. However, a landlord could still keep the security deposit to cover other things, such as unpaid rent.
If the landlord does not return the security deposit, the tenant should write a letter requesting the return of the security deposit. If the deposit still isn’t returned, the tenant can file a complaint with Service Alberta, or make an application for return of the security deposit in Provincial Court or with the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service.