After the flood: advice for landlords and tenants

Whether you’re a landlord or renting your current home, a lot of questions have come up following the tragic flooding in Alberta recently. The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta, recently published a report that answers many of the questions you may have right now.

Should the tenant keep paying rent? In short, yes. There are some grey areas where this may not be the case (read the full report below).

What if the rental property was damaged? The tenant should speak to the landlord and find out the plan of action.

What if the tenant is concerned about safety and health? They should speak to the landlord immediately regarding these concerns.

Can a landlord use the security deposit? No. A security deposit can not be used on damages from a flood.

Can a tenant move out because of a flood? Maybe, depends on the condition of the home. This is on a case-by-case basis.

Who pays for the damages? In most cases, the landlord will be responsible for all damages to the property.

Interested in learning more? Download the full report: AfterTheFlood.

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