Some life events engage the law. One of those is your client losing their housing.
Information to collect from your client:
- What led to your client having to leave the home? Was it a landlord, roommate, or spouse or partner? If it was the landlord, did they give the client an eviction notice?
- Did a conflict lead to the eviction? For example, domestic dispute, fight between tenants, argument between landlord and tenant. Does your client feel unsafe? Were the police involved?
- Was your client allowed to collect their personal belongings?
- Does your client need emergency housing or financial support?
Potential legal issues:
- Illegal eviction -- A landlord must follow certain processes to evict a tenant from a rental property. If the landlord does not follow these processes, the tenant may be able to stay in the property or receive financial compensation.
- Violence --If your client lost their housing due to violence, there may be several legal issues at play depending on your client’s role. If your client needs a court order to keep an abuser away, connect them with legal help right away.
- Free legal information from CPLEA about Alberta’s tenancy laws
- Alberta’s Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS)
- Free legal clinics in Alberta
- Legal Aid Alberta – for help getting an Emergency Protection Order
Last modified: Tuesday, 13 June 2023, 5:56 PM