Eviction Information Quick Start
Hi, I’m Bill Biko, I’ve been a landlord since 2004 and when it comes to evicting a tenant, I’ve had a lot of experience. Since 2004 I’ve dealt with well over 1,500 of my own tenants, not all of them perfect.
Since I started this site I’ve also helped thousands of landlords with my eviction forms, eviction guides, consulting services and eviction articles.
I understand their frustrations as I’ve been there. When I look back at the first time I was evicting a tenant I was a very frustrated landlord who was fed the lack of clear information about the process.
I had a bad tenant, I wanted to evict them quickly and yet I didn’t understand the process of evicting a tenant. Sound familiar?
So to get past that hurdle, I learned what I needed to do with bad tenants, what the processes and hoops I needed to jump through to deal with them and ultimately how to evict them with as little additional pain and frustration as possible.
Experience comes from dealing with problems, and boy have I dealt with a lot of problems to earn my experience!
While dealing with so many tenants has definitely had it’s ups and downs, the positive is all that experience has let me to become quite the expert on the eviction process in Alberta.
I now know what I can do, what I can’t do and what I should be doing in advance to help anyway evicting a tenant deal with it as quickly and effectively as possible.
That knowledge led to the creation of AlbertaEviction.com to help other landlords going through similar frustrations understand the steps and processes of evicting a tenant.
But there’s so much information here that new visitors are often confused about where to start or where to find the information they need right now! It can be both overwhelming and confusing and you want information that will help as quickly as possible.
That’s where this Getting Started page comes into play.
To help landlords (and tenants, if you’re a tenant check out my guide for tenants called A Tenant’s Guide to Evictions) find the information they need about evictions in Alberta, I’ve put together this page to help organize many of the common questions I get about evictions.
While many of the articles themselves are helpful,
be sure to read through the dozens of comments below the article
to get even more information.
If you’re renting out a room in your property, versus a suite, house or apartment, you should immediately scroll down to the Tenancy Act or Innkeeper’s Act section as it has vital information you need to know moving forward that can save you time and frustration.
Otherwise scroll down to the appropriate section that relates to your situation where you will find specific articles related to the topic.
I hope you find this helpful.
Contacting Me Directly
Due to time constraints, I don’t take calls about evictions directly except on a consultation basis. If you have simple questions, please leave comments at the bottom of any page and I am usually able to respond within 24-72 hours.
If your questions are of a more urgent nature and you need immediate help I do offer 30 minute consulting sessions which you can find out more about here, When You Need Expert Eviction Advise NOW. I usually respond to these calls in 12 hours or less and often within a couple hours.
Here are several of the popular posts about how and when to use eviction notices when evicting a tenant. Note that eviction notices do not guarantee tenants will vacate. If tenants do not leave after the eviction notice period, you then have to go directly to either the courts or the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service to get a court ordered eviction.
Read “When Not To Use a 14 Day Eviction Notice” below to learn more about this.
Have the tenants threatened you or other tenants? You may be able to use a 24 hour eviction notice, find out more by reading “Know when You Can Use a 24 Hour Eviction Notice”
Don’t Wait To Evict Late Paying Tenants
What To Do With Continually Late Paying Tenants
When Not To Use a 14 Day Eviction Notice
An Extra Step To Ensure Your Eviction Is Effective
Know When You Can Use A 24 Hour Eviction Notice
If you plan on using an eviction notice, I’ve put together a package of eviction forms along with a step by step guide on how to fill them out and where to use them so they are not only legal in Alberta, but properly filled out to avoid loopholes.
Yu can find out more information here, Eviction Form Packages
Late Paying Tenants
Late paying tenants may not seem like a big issue at first, but when it becomes habitual it becomes a much bigger problem and can lead to even bigger problems down the road. These articles discuss what you can do with tenants who constantly pay late.
In my experience you need to treat late payments very seriously as it sets the tone for future instances. I’ve even given tenants eviction notices for late payments with the understanding that if they pay the rent before the eviction date the notice is null and void.
This allows me to have a paper trail showing they are consistently late if I do need to evict them later. check out the following articles for more information.
Evicting A Tenant – The Process
Understanding the steps in involved with evicting a tenant can solve a bunch of frustrations. The following links will take you to some videos of interviews I had with eviction service companies in Edmonton and Calgary.
They explain many of the steps and issues you may be facing and also walks you through what they can do for you if you don’t have the time or patience to evict the tenant yourself.
If you plan on evicting a tenant through the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS), I’ve put a guide together that walks you through all the steps involved, explains exactly what will occur at each stage and even includes several examples of actual evictions I went through with my tenants.
You can find out more about it at the following link,
The Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service or RTDRS is a system designed to streamline landlord and tenant issues. It’s available in Edmonton, Calgary, Fort MacMurray and Central Alberta and is my favourite way to evict tenants as it is far less formal than the court systems and a much easier environment to navigate.
The link below walks you through more information about the RTDRS
Residential Tenancy Act or Innkeeper’s Act?
Were you aware that if you are renting rooms out in your personal residence, your property fits under the Innkeeper’s Act (IA) versus the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA), the rules and laws for this are substantially different, and are much more in favour of the “Innkeeper”.
Understanding this can make evicting a tenant much easier where as not understanding it can cause delays, give your tenant unwarranted extensions and generally cost you money.
Here are some quick links to help explain the difference and to help you determine if you’re actually an Innkeeper. I’d really recommend reading through the comments on these articles as well.
Enforcement of the IA is hit and miss at times and understanding it better can help make sure you fit under the rules better.
Due to many of the headaches that people renting out rooms have run into I’ve created several packages of Room Rental/Innkeeper’s Leases that not only include the necessary forms, but also explain the rules and regulations much more in depth.,
Knowing this can make your landlord experience, much more enjoyable. You can find out more information about the various packages at the following link,
Other Popular Posts About Evicting A Tenant
There are also several other articles I’ve written that answer some of the common questions I often received.
They don’t quite fit into some of the other categories, but they may be relative to you, so take a look through and see if they are exactly what you were looking for.
This site is continually evolving and I try to add new, relevant posts and updates as I get more feedback from you the readers, so if you have questions, feel free to leave a comment here.
Eviction & Eviction Notice Guides
I’ve also put together a couple of comprehensive guides to help landlords dealing with eviction issues in Alberta. One is a package of both 14 day and 24 hour eviction notices that includes all the required information to make the notice valid in this province and the second is a full step by step guide to evicting tenants using the RTDRS service.
Both of these are paid products, but when you consider the cost of making a mistake when evicting a bad tenant, you will find them an absolute steal. Plus they come with a 100% money back guarantee! So you win either way.
If you still haven’t found what you are looking for and are confused about your next step to evict a problem tenant or simply want to better understand your options when it comes to dealing with a tenant issue, I also offer a consulting service to help guide you along the way.
I can answer questions you may want to keep out of the public eye and to answer the tough questions. when it comes to evicting a tenant. I can also help you avoid mistakes that lets tenants stay for additional weeks or months on your dime!
To find out more about this option, you can visit this page,
NEW – Residential Lease Packages
As the site has become more and more popular (we have been the #1 resource for both landlords and tenants in Alberta when it comes to evictions according to Google since 2011) I have had more and more requests from people to get copies of the forms and paperwork I use.
One of the main requests being my lease package.
So I’ve put together several bundles of leases that should fit most people’s requirements. You can find out more about them here,
Resources – Eviction Service Companies
Evicting a tenant isn’t a job for everyone. It can take time, energy and there may even be a concern about confrontations. At times like this you may want to hire a professional to deal with everything for you.
First, this isn’t something I do for others (I have enough on my plate!), but I have worked with and talked with several companies that do tenant evictions on a daily basis.
Here’s a resource page of companies you can contact so you can deal with this from a more hands off approach.
As always, there may be information that you can’t find, or doesn’t apply quite the same to you. For non-time sensitive matters simply leave a comment below or on the appropriate page and I’ll get back to you when I have time.
Also, if you find the information on the site helpful, leave a comment to let others know about it and be sure to share it with friends who would also find it helpful.
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