Please note that CPLEA does not provide legal advice or legal representation.
For more information about CPLEA’s other programs and projects, please visit www.cplea.ca.
Government & Court Services
If you require advice or assistance dealing with your renting matter, the following government-run services may be able to help.
Landlord & Tenant Advisory Boards
If you live in Edmonton or Fort McMurray, your local Landlord and Tenant Advisory Board may be able to help you. These Boards can:
- provide information to landlords and tenants on renting matters;
- receive complaints and try to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants through mediation; and
- make information available to educate and advise landlords and tenants about their legal rights and responsibilities.
Services offered will depend on the resources available to the Board. Information can generally be obtained in person or by phone.
Note: Landlord and Tenant Advisory Boards are unable to evict tenants, inspect rental units, act as a collection agency, or force tenants or landlords to follow the law.
To reach your local advisory board:
If there is not a Board available in your area, please contact Service Alberta.
Service Alberta – Government of Alberta
Service Alberta is the Government of Alberta ministry responsible for landlord and tenant matters. They have produced a resource for landlords and tenants called the RTA Handbook. You can contact Service Alberta’s Consumer Contact Centre for the following matters:
To reach the Consumer Contact Centre:
- Edmonton: 780-427-4088
- Alberta: 1-877-427-4088
- By E-mail: email@example.com
Note: Service Alberta cannot provide legal advice to Albertans.
Alberta Health Services’ Environmental Public Health is responsible for ensuring all rental properties in Alberta meet the Minimum Housing and Health Standards
If you have a question about the Minimum Housing and Health Standards or would like to inquire about having a health inspector visit your property, call Health Link at 811.
Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service
In Alberta, landlords and tenants can make an application at the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) to resolve their problem. RTDRS can be a faster, less expensive, and less intimidating alternative to going to court.
Any tenant or landlord who has an issue that falls under the Residential Tenancies Act can apply to RTDRS for a resolution. This includes matters relating to evictions, unpaid rent, unreturned security deposits, damages, repairs, or other disagreements.
To make an application, certain forms must be filled out, filed, and given to the person or business the application is being made against. The matter will be heard before a Dispute Resolution Officer who is authorized to make binding decisions on claims of up to $50,000. Low-income individuals may be eligible to have the application fee waived.
For more information about the RTDRS process, call:
- Edmonton: 780-644-3000
- Outside of Edmonton: (toll-free) 310-0000 then 780-644-3000
Provincial Court of Alberta – Residential Tenancies Process
Landlords and Tenants can also apply to the Provincial Court of Alberta to resolve their disputes. Provincial Court will deal with the same matters that are dealt with by the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service. Filing an application in Provincial Court costs more money and can take longer.
The Provincial Court will also deal with matters that do not fall under the Residential Tenancies Act such as problems between roommates or situations where a landlord and tenant are living together. These matters would generally be dealt with in Small Claims Court.
If you require legal advice about your situation, there are a number of services available to help you find a lawyer. Click on the links below for more information.
Lawyer Referral Service
If you need legal advice on a landlord and tenant matter, the Lawyer Referral Service through the Law Society of Alberta can provide you with the names of three lawyers who practice residential tenancies law in your area. Please note that lawyers through this service generally charge for their services. Call 1-800-661-1095 for more information.
Legal Clinics – Tenants Only
Legal advice may be available free of charge to tenants who meet income guidelines from a student legal service:
- Student Legal Services, University of Alberta – (780) 492-2226
- Student Legal Assistance, University of Calgary – (403) 220-6637
Legal information and advice may be available to tenants with low incomes from these organizations:
- Calgary Legal Guidance – Calgary – (403) 234-9266
- The Women’s Centre of Calgary – Calgary – (403) 264-1155
- Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic – Red Deer and surrounding areas – (403) 314-9129
- Edmonton Community Legal Centre – Edmonton – (780) 702-1725
- Grande Prairie Legal Guidance – Grande Prairie – (780) 882-0036
- Lethbridge Legal Guidance – Lethbridge – (403) 380-6338