Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) Handbook

The RTA Handbook is designed to explain the rights and responsibilities of all tenants, landlords, and agents involved in renting residential premises in Alberta under the Residential Tenancies Act and regulations:

  • Residential Tenancies Exemption Regulation
  • Residential Tenancies Ministerial Regulation
  • Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service Regulation
  • Security Deposit Interest Rate Regulation
  • Subsidized Public Housing Regulation
  • Termination of Tenancy (Domestic Violence) Regulation


Checklist for tenants (PDF, 169 KB)

Sample cleaning list for tenants (PDF, 100 KB)

Combined checklist and sample cleaning list for tenants:

Inspection Reports (PDF, 127 KB)

RTA Offences

Quick reference guide

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The Quick Reference Guide will explain the minimum legislated requirements set out in the RTA. It provides landlords and tenants with options to deal with matters not established as minimum requirements and makes residential tenancy resource material available in a user-friendly format. As a Quick Reference on residential tenancy matters, this does not set out everything in the RTA, nor does it state the law.  Landlords and tenants should refer to the RTA to determine their legislative rights and obligations. In every instance, the law as set out in the RTA governs.

The information provided in the RTA Handbook and Quick Reference Guide is not a substitute for legal advice.


The Consumer Contact Centre can provide information on many topics related to landlords and tenants:

Phone: 780-427-4088
Toll free: 1-877-427-4088