What you the landlord should know regarding the covid-19 protection for Alberta renters
The temporary legislation forbids enforcement of any recent court orders if the order results from non-payment of rent and/or utilities, until after April 30, 2020.
The tenant is still obligated to pay any and all new rent and utilities that come due. (S)he is to apply for the help offered by the government and pass that on to the landlord.
The landlord is obligated to allow the tenant flexibility in making those payments – make reasonable payment plans for example – and to offer relief or discounts if they possibly can. If all of that doesn’t work then enforcement will be allowed.
New applications for eviction due to non-payment will be allowed – the landlord will have to prove that there was an offer of reasonable flexibility and that it was either refused or not adhered to.
FYI- ALL OTHER REASONS for application – interference, lack of cleanliness, illegal activity, overholding, etc – WILL be processed as normal.
If you have any questions regarding your tenants and this temporary legislation, please give me a call at 780-974-8427 and I will do my best to answer your questions.
Stay safe and healthy everyone!