How it works

A landlord can evict a tenant on reasonable grounds, and the tenant has the right to dispute the eviction except for non-payment of rent.

Tenants must be served a written notice that states the reason for the eviction and the date the tenancy is to end.

Tenants can dispute an eviction, unless it is for unpaid rent. If the tenant objects to the reason, the landlord must go to the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) or court for an order terminating the tenancy and to get possession of the premises. Both parties can present their arguments to the RTDRS or Court.

At any time, a landlord and tenant can agree between them to end the tenancy by a certain date and save the expense of taking the matter to RTDRS or Court.

Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service

Reasons for eviction

The most common reason for an eviction is when a tenant fails to pay rent. Tenants can’t withhold rent to force the landlord to do something, such as making repairs. The landlord is legally entitled to have the rent paid in full when it’s due.

If the tenant can’t pay the rent and lets the landlord know beforehand, the landlord can let the tenant stay and pay rent later or over time. However, the landlord is under no obligation to do this.

Other reasons for eviction include:

  • breaking rental agreement terms
  • damaging the rental premises
  • disturbing or endangering others in the rental premises

Contact this service

780-427-4088 (Edmonton)

1-877-427-4088 (toll-free)

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Related services

Ending an agreement

Residential Tenancies Act and Regulations