Did you know that domestic violence is a pervasive social issue and there are resources for both landlords and tenants available in these situations?

Did you know that domestic violence is a pervasive social issue and there are resources for both landlords and tenants available in these situations?

Domestic violence is a pervasive social issue and as landlords and property managers, you are likely to have tenants who experience domestic violence. You may suspect that it is happening or you may find out when the police suddenly show up to your building.

As a landlord, do you know how to how to recognize the signs of domestic violence?

As a landlord, do you know what to do if you become aware of a situation involving domestic violence?

As a landlord, do you know what resources are available to you and the victim of domestic violence?

Read more in the Resource Library.

[…]

Did You Know that it’s almost time to turn back the clocks?

Did You Know that it’s almost time to turn back the clocks?

It’s that time of year again – Daylight Saving Time comes to an end at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 6th, 2022. This means the clocks go back by one hour.

What is Daylight Saving Time?

It’s a practice in most parts of Canada, Australia, and the United States that advances clocks during the warmer months so darkness falls at a later time. Typically, in the spring the clocks are set one hour ahead (‘spring forward’), and in the fall are set one hour behind (‘fall back’), returning to standard time.

Unlike previous generations, many of the tools we use to tell […]

Did You Know that the City of Calgary is ending the Multiunit Toilet Rebate Program on November 1, 2022?

Did You Know that the City of Calgary is ending the Multiunit Toilet Rebate Program on November 1, 2022?

The City of Calgary is ending the Multiunit Toilet Rebate Program on November 1, 2022 and would like to thank all past participants of the program.

The program ran for 16 years and helped multiunit residential building owners/tenants across Calgary to replace nearly 8,000 leaky, high volume flushing toilets with new WaterSense, high-efficiency toilets. To date, savings from these toilets have topped 200 million litres and counting. In addition to the expected water savings of replacing old toilets with high-efficiency toilets that use up to 75% per cent less water, many building owners reaped even greater water savings since many […]

Did You Know that Move-In and Move-out Inspections are mandatory?

Did You Know that Move-In and Move-out Inspections are mandatory?

The Residential Tenancies Act of Alberta (RTA) tells us that the Move-In and Move-Out Inspections are mandatory for Landlords to do, and if one or both are not completed, you cannot deduct any money for damages from the Security Deposit!

Learn more about Inspections & Security Deposits at the CRRA’s Residential Tenancies in Alberta (RTA) Course: https://crra.ca/rta-course/

 

[…]

Did You Know? The RTDRS is Introducing Changes

Did You Know? The RTDRS is Introducing Changes

The CRRA received the following information from Patricia Tolppanen, Administrator & Director of the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS).

As a frequent user of the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolutions Service (RTDRS), we are making you aware of an upcoming pilot program that will change the standard duration of the initial hearing of claims for damages and abatement of rent.

The RTDRS now receives over 13,000 applications per year, all of which are competing for limited hearing time and must be scheduled as efficiently and effectively as possible. In auditing the hearing schedule we have noted that, very often, hearings for […]

Did You Know? Residential Tenancies Act & Security Deposits

Did You Know? Residential Tenancies Act & Security Deposits

The rental market is changing, and with that, increasing the rent may be a route you need to take as a landlord.

Even if there is no cap to the amount a landlord can raise the rent, landlords are encouraged to be reasonable when doing so. There are strict and important rules outlined in the Residential Tenancies Act of Alberta about how and when a rental increase can be done. Do you know the rules?

Fixed-Term Tenancies

The rent cannot be increased during a fixed-term tenancy. The rent can be increased if the following criteria are met:

upon a new lease being signed when […]

Did you know? Changes to the RTA about Security Deposits

Did you know? Changes to the RTA about Security Deposits

The Alberta Government recently passed legislation that amends the Residential Tenancies Act and provides greater flexibility to landlords when returning security deposits to tenants.

Section 46(1)(a) was repealed, and the following (in red font) was substituted in its place:

(a) “deliver” means

(i) deliver by personal service,

(ii) send by regular mail or registered mail, or

(iii) deliver in any other manner agreed to in writing by the landlord and tenant;

The landlord and tenant can now agree, in writing, how the security deposit is to be returned to the tenant at the end of the tenancy.

This is […]