Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish announces amendments to the Mobile Homes Sites Tenancies Act.

Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta said Over the past nine months and especially during my summer tour, I heard loud and clear from mobile home residents that they want access to our dispute resolution service. Our government is taking action to make life better for Albertans who live in mobile home communities. This bill is a big step forward to address their concerns and deliver on their priorities.

If passed, the Mobile Home Sites Tenancies Amendment Act, 2020 would give mobile home site tenants and landlords access to the government’s Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS), which currently helps resolve landlord/tenant disputes for Albertans renting apartments or houses. Without these changes, the only recourse for dispute resolution between a landlord and resident of a mobile home site is through the courts, which can be costly and time-consuming.

The RTDRS is a faster, less formal and less expensive alternative to the court system. The service allows landlords and residents to file applications for remedies of up to $50,000. Once an application is filed and a hearing is scheduled, a tenancy dispute officer will conduct the hearing, make a decision, and issue a binding order that is enforceable by the courts.

Mike Nickel, councillor, City of Edmonton has said that “It’s fantastic to see the province move forward on this and I look forward to working with the provincial government on this and next steps. Community members have been waiting for this for years and it’s good to see that their concerns are finally being addressed.”