How Can You Evict Your Tenant In Alberta? Learn the Steps You Need To Take!
It’s a question landlords don’t like to think about: How can you evict a tenant in Alberta?
Let’s face, we don’t like to think about it because we hope to avoid ever having to do it. For many of us the very idea of having to evict one of our tenants sounds complicated, time-consuming, and expensive.
However we have to realize there are bad tenants who take advantage of landlords out there. They don’t pay rent and can do thousands of dollars in damages to your Alberta rental property. Take a look at this story about tenants who trashed an rental property in Airdrie.
Landlords want to rent to good, qualified tenants. Successful landlords take tenant screening very seriously. This includes carefully confirming identity, previous addresses, employment, and making sure to run a credit check.
In most cases careful tenant screening leads to renting to excellent tenants.
Except sometimes people fall through the cracks. Or you decided to go on a good ‘gut feeling’ and rented to a person you thought was a nice guy.
So here’s a question. What will you do if your tenants don’t pay rent to you?
Let’s face it, this is one of the biggest worries for landlords.
When the first day of the month comes around, you expect to get paid.
But what can you do if the check your tenant gave you bounces?
Or you go over to the property to pick up the rent and no one answers the door.
You call them on the number you always reach your tenants at..except this time no one answers.
What can you do?
After all, the bank still demands you pay the mortgage, and you have to pay your property taxes, insurance and other costs on time.
You need your tenants to pay rent or it can become a serious financial problem for you.
Let’s keep going with other scenarios.
What can you do if your tenants damaged the property or aren’t following the lease? You agreed on no pets and no smoking…then you find out they have pets and are smoking like chimneys inside.
What can you do if you or another tenant in the unit is threatened or there are large damages to your rental property? The other tenants are demanding you “do something.”
Evicting a tenant is a time-consuming process. It can also be expensive.
Many landlords also find it stressful. When you have a tenant who owes rent, have made damages, or has broken your lease agreement with you it’s unfair and can lead to financial losses.
Always remember your rental business is a business and when you run a business challenges can pop up. When they pop up you have to deal with them in a professional manner.
Our province has experienced a lot of net migration from people from across Canada and the world who come to Alberta for jobs.
But what happens when you rent to a tenant who refuses to pay the rent? Or damages your property? Or ignores their responsibilities in the lease agreement?
This is a situation that more and more Alberta landlords are experiencing these days and many are not simply prepared for it.
Successful Alberta landlords are knowledgeable and aware of what it takes to evict a tenant. You are now going to join them.
1. Eviction Notices
These are notices to your tenant to change their behaviour or you will start the eviction process against them.
2. Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service
More and more landlords are going to the RTDRS, also known as ‘The Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service’, right at the beginning of the eviction process.
How Can You Evict a Tenant In Alberta?
The good news is the Alberta Landlords Association now offers a premium Alberta Eviction Guide on CD.
The Alberta Eviction Guide will help you understand the eviction process and take you through the steps you need to take to evict your tenants in the most practical and professional way.
Are You Prepared To Evict A Bad Tenant?
Become a member of the Alberta Landlords Association and use the Alberta Eviction Guide to prepare yourself to evict tenants in the most efficient and stress free way possible!