How to Rent a Home in Alberta

Useful Resources

1) Service Alberta: Informational resources on renting

2) Commonly used third party websites to search for rental units:

3) Affordable Housing: Subsidized housing at or near market cost

4) Resolving Complaints

  • Try to respectfully resolve the issue with landlord
  • Talk to an Information Officer at Service Alberta – Consumer Contact
    Center for questions and complaints regarding Landlord and Tenants, call
  • Alternative to the courts: Application to Residential Tenancy Dispute
    Resolution Service (RTDRS), will set up appointment for hearing.

5) Understanding Utilities for your Home

  • Understanding your utilities bill

  • Utility Tips for Tenants

  • Utilities – Moving In Checklist

  • Utilities –  Moving Out Checklist

Vocabulary List

Condition – the state of something that describes appearance, quality or working order.

Document – a text (written, printed or electronic) that provides information, or that serves as an official record.

Eviction –removal of a tenant from a rental property by the landlord.

Fixed Term Lease – a rental contract that begins and ends on specific dates. Alternative option to a Periodic Lease.

Inspection – carefully check the unit to ensure it is in proper condition.

Landlord – a person/group who owns a unit and rents it out to tenants.

Lease – also known as a Rental Contract/Agreement.

Periodic Lease – a rental contract that has a start date but no end date. Often month-to-month but can also be week-to-week or year-to-year.

Properties – a building (ex. house, apartment etc.) or land that belongs to someone.

Rental Contract/Agreement – a contract between landlord and tenant, which includes the terms agreed on before a tenant moves in. Make sure to get a copy for your records.

Rental References – someone who can inform the landlord what someone might be like as a tenant.

Residential Tenancies Act – the law in Alberta that states the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and tenant.

Security Deposit – a one-time payment (cannot be more than one month’s rent) to the landlord, that can be used to pay for damage to the rental unit or breaking of contract.

Tenant – a person or group that rents a unit.

Utilities – important services that keep a home running properly such as electricity, gas, water etc.

Knowledge Check


#1. What are some things to think about when renting a home?

#2. What is a Rental Contract?

#3. Why is a home inspection important?

#4. What are your responsibilities as a tenant?

#5. How can a Landlord legally enter your home for valid reasons?


Acknowledgements and References

Acknowledgements of Actors: Timothy L., Eunice M., Ruby M., Thomas M., Tyzen A.

Thanks to Calgary Residential Rental Association for helping us with our content development.


Alberta Human Rights Act

Calgary Residential Renters Association

Government of Alberta – Information for Landlords and Tenants

Residential Tenancies Act