No. If a landlord did not complete inspection reports, they cannot keep any of the security deposit to coverage damage to the unit. However, a landlord could still keep the security deposit to cover other things, such as unpaid rent.
The landlord must complete a move-in inspection one week before or after the tenant moves in. The landlord must also complete a move-out inspection one week before or after the tenant moves out. Further, the landlord must give tenants a copy of reports from both inspection. The landlord can complete the inspection without the tenant if a tenant refuses to take part in either inspection.
If the landlord does not return the security deposit, the tenant should write a letter requesting the return of it. If the deposit still isn’t returned, the tenant can file a complaint with Service Alberta. The tenant can also make an application for return of the security deposit in Provincial Court Civil or with the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service.