Did you know rent controls differ from province to province? This variance across Canada is a reason why I feel the Price to Rent Ratio, often cited by housing bears as proof of a Canadian housing bubble, is inaccurate at best. When there are government-imposed caps on rent increases in some provinces and not in others, while the resale market Canada-wide is bound only by supply/demand fundamentals, then of course the ratio will be skewed.
Alberta is one province that has no maximum limit as to how high a landlord can increase rent – but there are still guidelines that must be followed.
There are no controls on the amount of a rent increase, but it can only be increased if there has not been a rent increase within the previous 365 days or since the start of the tenancy, whichever is later.
Before the rent can be increased the landlord must give written notice in advance. The specific timeframe is dependent on the term of the tenancy:
- weekly: 12 full tenancy weeks
- monthly: 3 full tenancy months
- any other periodic tenancy: 90 days
A notice of increase in rent must indicate the date on which the increase is to be effective and must be dated and signed by the landlord.
For mobile home sites, 180 days notice must be given by the landlord to raise the rent.
Below is a compilation of provincial fact sheets from the CMHC:
- Renting in Alberta
- Renting in British Columbia
- Renting in Manitoba
- Renting in New Brunswick
- Renting in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Renting in Northwest Territories
- Renting in Nova Scotia
- Renting in Nunavut
- Renting in Ontario
- Renting in Prince Edward Island
- Renting in Quebec
- Renting in Saskatchewan
- Renting in Yukon
- National (Canada-wide) Renting Information
Please note: landlord-tenant laws change from time to time in every province. This post and these linked guides are not intended to provide legal advice. If you require specific legal advice, contact your local rental authority or a lawyer.