8 Rules for Smart Renters Video and Tip Sheet

The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) has 8 tips for smart renters to follow. A printable tip sheet is available for download in the link at the bottom of the page.


Rule 1: Know Who You Are Living With Before You Move in Together
Why? You will be spending a lot of time with the person you live with, you should be able to trust each other. You also want to live with someone you can trust to pay rent, or you will be evicted.

Rule 2: Write it Down
Why? Verbal agreements are hard to prove. You’ll be more protected if you have a written lease. If you have a problem in your place, then you should tell your landlord in writing. Sign a roommate agreement.

Rule 3: Go to Inspections with Your Landlord
Why? The inspection reports are really important because they are the evidence that lets the landlord make deductions from the security deposit.

Rule 4: Don’t Pay Cash
Why? If you pay with cash, you can’t prove that you paid. If you use a cheque, you can prove that you paid. If you have to pay by cash, then take a friend with you to be your witness.

Rule 5: Be Nice
Why? You will have a better relationship with your landlord if you are nice.

Rule 6: Keep Papers and Notices
Why? You should keep all of the paperwork somewhere safe. If there is a problem with your landlord, you will need all of the papers and notices to go to court.

Rule 7: Ask for Help if You Don’t Understand
Why? If you don’t know what a notice means, you should ask someone for help so that you understand what you should do next.

Rule 8: Know Your Rights and the Law
Why? So that you know if your landlord is doing something wrong. There are a lot of places that can tell you about the law.

Web: www.cplea.ca
Email: info@cplea.ca
Tel: 780-451-8764

Service Alberta
Web: www.servicealberta.ca
Email: service.alberta@gov.ab.ca
Tel: 1-877-427-4088


Dated Added:
April 1, 2012
Published By:
Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta
English Only
Grades 10 - 12
CALM and Health
Renting, Video


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