As a tenant in Alberta, you have rights and responsibilities that are protected under the Residential Tenancies Act. One of the most important documents that you will sign when renting a property is the rental agreement. This written agreement outlines the terms and conditions of your tenancy, including your rights as a tenant and the obligations of your landlord.
Here are some of the rental agreement rights that you should be aware of in Alberta:
1. Security deposit: Your landlord is allowed to request a security deposit from you before you move in. The amount of the security deposit cannot be more than one month`s rent. Your landlord must provide you with a written receipt for the security deposit, and they must return the deposit to you within 10 days of the end of your tenancy, minus any deductions for damages or unpaid rent.
2. Rent increases: Your landlord can only increase your rent once every 12 months, and they must provide you with at least 90 days` written notice before the increase takes effect. The amount of the increase is limited to the percentage set by the government each year.
3. Repairs and maintenance: Your landlord is responsible for maintaining the rental property in a safe and habitable condition. They must make repairs to the property when needed, and they must respond to your requests for repairs in a timely manner.
4. Entry by landlord: Your landlord must give you at least 24 hours` written notice before entering the rental property, except in case of emergency.
5. Ending the tenancy: If you want to end your tenancy, you must provide your landlord with written notice in advance. The amount of notice required depends on the length of your tenancy.
It is important to read your rental agreement carefully before you sign it, and to keep a copy of the agreement for your records. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a tenant, you can contact the Residential Tenancies Dispute Resolution Service for help. Remember, being aware of your rental agreement rights in Alberta will help you to avoid any legal issues and ensure a smooth renting experience.