In Alberta, a landlord and tenant dispute is typically governed by the Residential Tenancies Act. The Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) was established to hear and resolve disputes between landlords and tenants in a timely fashion as opposed to having these matters heard by a judge in the Provincial Court, Civil Division. The idea behind the RTDRS is to hear and render a legally binding decision in these matters in a much quicker fashion than would be the case at Provincial Court. The Tenancy Dispute Officers of the RTDRS have the legal authority to render decisions in landlord and tenant matters which are enforceable at the Court of Queen’s Bench.
The purpose of a hearing with the RTDRS is to enable the Tenancy Dispute Officer to hear and assess the evidence of provided by both parties and to allow both sides to explain their respective positions. You will be asked questions and be required to provide clarification by the Tenancy Dispute Officer as well. Once the Tenancy Dispute Officer is satisfied that he/she has heard enough evidence and testimony, he/she will render a decision that is binding and enforceable, as noted above, at the Court level.
AzPerLegal will assist you, as a landlord or a tenant, to file an application with the RTDRS. We will meet with you, discuss your situation and assist you with providing all evidence in support of your claim. We will prepare, file and serve the application documents and will appear with you at the hearing of your application. While your attendance is mandatory at the hearing, AzPerLegal will act as your agent presenting your case and evidence. In the course of preparing your claim, we will use our expertise and knowledge to ensure that your claim is presented in a manner acceptable and convincing to the Tenancy Dispute Officer.
As each situation is unique, we welcome your call at any time to discuss any questions you may have. It is our goal to make this process as seamless and efficient as possible.
For a standard dispute (drafting, filing and serving application (successful service), preparation for hearing and representation at hearing (including initial one hour meeting and three telephone calls)
• $500.00 plus applicable disbursements and RTDRS filing fee of $75.00
For special circumstances:
Order for Substitutional Service – preparing Affidavit of Attempted Service and attendance to obtain Order
• $200.00 plus applicable disbursements
Subsequent Hearing attendances • $200.00 for each additional attendance, plus applicable disbursements