Alberta Notice to Terminate Tenancy (Substantial Breach)

Landlords should use this form 14 days before the termination date to evict and remove the tenant from the premises.

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In the Canadian Province of Alberta, the Residential Tenancies Act governs rental lease agreements and interactions between the landlord and tenant. The Act provides remedies that the landlord may use when a tenant has breached a rental lease agreement. Landlords must give proper notice to inform tenants when the lease is being terminated as the result of a lease breach, and may use the Alberta Notice to Terminate Tenancy (Substantial Breach).

Please note: The termination notice form for non-payment of rent, for cases where the tenant is behind on rent, may be found here.

    Lease breaches include but are not limited to:
  • Tenant performs an illegal act at the rental property.
  • Tenant endangers others at the rental property or common areas shared by others.
  • Tenant significantly damages the rental property or common areas shared by others.
  • Tenant fails to keep the rental property reasonably clean.
  • Tenant fails to move out at the end of the lease.

If a tenant commits one of the breaches listed above, or breaches other terms in the lease, landlords may give the tenant a notice saying that the lease agreement will be terminated. This Alberta Notice to Terminate Tenancy (Substantial Breach) gives the tenant a move-out deadline of 14 full days. The deadline can be delayed if the tenant serves a notice on the landlord that states an objection to the termination and identifies the reasons for the objection. This tenant objection notice must be served on the landlord prior to the end of the 14 days.

The law requires this Alberta Notice to Terminate Tenancy (Substantial Breach) notice to be signed by either the landlord or an agent acting on the landlord’s behalf. It must be dated and must define the reasons for the notice.

As required by Alberta law, the 14 days described in this Alberta Notice to Terminate Tenancy (Substantial Breach) may not include the day that the notice was served nor the day of the termination.

Click here for more information on the Residential Tenancies Act in Alberta.

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