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Alberta Landlords – Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS)

August 1st, 2014 · No Comments · Alberta Landlords Association, Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service, RTDRS

 Alberta Landlords - How To Handle Landlord and Tenant Disputes

Alberta landlords – If you have tenant problems the Alberta government is moving landlord and tenant disputes out of the courts to the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS)

Successful Alberta landlords know the key to success is making sure you rent to good tenants. If you don’t you will have to go through a long legal procedure to settle the dispute.

This is why tenant screening including running credit checks on your tenants to verify information is so important.

And the good news is there are lots of tenants out there wanting to rent from you.

Just last month the CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) released a rental market report stating Edmonton and Calgary have the lowest vacancy rates in Canada at only 1.4%.

According to Yahoo News, this has led to some tenants even complaining how difficult it is to find a nice property to rent.

What Happens If You Rent To A Bad Tenant?

This is where the recent news about landlord and tenant disputes from the Calgary Herald is important for landlords.

Sometimes landlords slip up and we rent to people who aren’t good tenants.

These are people who don’t pay rent on time and don’t respect the rental property or their landlord.

And let’s face it, amongst all the good tenants there are bad tenants out there and they can be tricky. It happens to BC landlords and it can happen to landlords in Alberta if you aren’t careful.

Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS)

The government plans to introduce legislation in the fall that will transfer authority over landlord tenant disputes to the quasi-judicial Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS)

Landlord-tenant disputes will be moved out of the courts and heard by a provincial tribunal as part of a package of civil reforms being unveiled Monday by Justice Minister Jonathan Denis.

What Is the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS)?

A tenant or a landlord who has concerns related to termination of a tenancy, unpaid rent/utilities, security deposit, damages, repairs or other common disagreements would use this service to seek justice.

The Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) offers landlords and tenants an alternative means of resolving serious disputes outside of court. The RTDRS is designed to be faster, more informal and less expensive than the courts. It’s also important landlords use proper leases, applications and notices which you can get from the Alberta Rental Kit.

Why Is This Happening?

There are a number of reasons.

1. There are too many Alberta landlord and tenant disputes

The provincial government says that landlord and tenant disputes are now making up 5% of the provincial court case-load and that means other non landlord-tenant cases are being delayed.

2. The Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service is less expensive

This will also allow Alberta landlords and tenants to represent themselves without the need to hire expensive lawyers.

3. Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service staff are trained

The Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service is the most logical place for rental property cases because hearing officers have legal training and specialize in landlord and tenant law.

4. The government can focus on improving it

The government will hire more staff for the RTDRS.

The RTDRS application limit will increase from $25,000 to $50,000 on August 1, 2014.

Alberta Landlords – Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS)

How will Alberta landlords handle any landlord and tenant disputes? You will soon have to use the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS).

The best way to avoid disputes in the first place with property tenant screening including Alberta credit checks on tenants.

There’s no reason why professional landlords who rent to responsible tenants should have to go to use the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service.

Join the Alberta Landlords Association for only a one-time registration fee!

As a member you can start running premium credit checks on tenants for only $10 / check and make sure you rent to good tenants!

Alberta landlords you can avoid the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) and tenant problems with tenant screening, including tenant credit checks!

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