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Tenants beware, withholding rent can be very costly

In an RTDRS Action today the tenant, who had secured and abatement judgment against the landlord tried to excuse the non payment of almost $7,000.00 dollars in rent on the advise of a "professional" who said that was the only way to ensure their previous judgment was collected. That couldn't be further from the truth, the Residential Tenancies Act in Alberta allows a tenant to withhold rent in only one instance at s,17(2) where a tenant may withhold rent in the event the landlord has failed to deliver a copy of the agreement to the tenant. Not to satisfy a judgment.


Remember folks the RTDRS does not enforce your judgment for you, and the Civil Enforcement Act does not allow you withhold rent, it allows you to do many other more aggressive methods of collection but that's a story for another day.


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