The Residential Tenancies Act does not apply in the following situations:
- If the tenant shares living space with the landlord. For example, if the tenant rents a room in the landlord’s home and shares the kitchen with the landlord.
- If a hotel, motel, B & B, or cottage or cabin in a campground is rented for less than 6 consecutive months.
- If a mobile home site is rented.
- If the residential rental unit is attached to a business and both the residence and business are rented under a single lease. For example, if the tenant leases a corner store and lives in an apartment above the store, and only one lease was used to rent both the business and the home.
- If the landlord is an educational institution and the tenant is a student, and the tenant does not have exclusive possession of a self-contained dwelling unit. If the tenant lives in a university or college residence, the Residential Tenancies Act will usually not apply to them.
- If a person lives in a nursing home. The Nursing Homes Act defines a nursing home as a facility that provides residents with nursing home care which includes basic services and care provided by a government-approved program. All nursing homes must meet the Long-term Care Accommodation Standards created by the Government of Alberta.
- If a person lives in a seniors’ lodge. The Alberta Housing Act defines lodge accommodation as being a home for the use of senior citizens who cannot maintain their own home or do not want to live on their own.
Last updated: August 2015