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Landlord-Tenant Disputes Paralegal Services in Calgary

In a sizable rental market like Calgary, landlord-tenant disputes are bound to happen. Navigating these disputes can be stressful for both parties, but having some expertise on your side can be helpful. Civil court agents are a valuable resource for those being faced with a landlord-tenant dispute in Calgary or in Alberta for that matter. Civil court agents are an affordable alternative to legal counsel when it comes to providing information, direction and representation for either a landlord or tenant navigating uncharted territories, so to speak.

Landlord-Tenant Disputes in Alberta

In Alberta, landlord-tenant disputes are covered by the Residential Tenancies Act. They can be resolved through two main avenues: the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) or the Alberta Court of Justice, Civil Division. 

The RTDRS Approach

The RTDRS offers a streamlined, less formal environment for resolving disputes, emphasizing quick and legally binding decisions. RTDRS Officers at the RTDRS possess the authority to make enforceable decisions, providing an efficient resolution process that is designed to be more accessible to both landlords and tenants. More so, a civil court agent has the authority to represent either the tenant or landlord at an RTDRS hearing such that the tenant/landlord’s presence is not required. This is most helpful and less stressful, particularly when the tenant/landlord relationship is strained or acrimonious.

Alberta Court of Justice

Landlord-tenant disputes can also be heard by a Justice at the Alberta Court of Justice. The benefit to proceeding with the Alberta Court of Justice is that a Justice has broader jurisdiction than does an RTDRS Officer and can rule on such things as damages, costs, etc. In situations where damages, such as pain and suffering (in the event the actions of either party to the other warrant such a determination), resulting in a larger award. The drawback to proceeding through the Alberta Court of Justice is that a civil court agent must attend, together with the client, at the hearing. In other words, as a tenant or landlord, you will be required to attend Court. 

The Benefits of Retaining a Paralegal / Civil Court Agent in a Landlord-Tenant Dispute

When faced with landlord-tenant disputes, considering a paralegal / civil court agent’s services can benefit all parties by offering knowledgeable, efficient, cost-effective legal support.

Help Navigate Legal Complexities

Landlord-tenant disputes in Calgary can quickly spiral into uncertain and grey areas, particularly when emotions are involved.. Having a civil court agent well-versed in these matters is indispensable as we can assist with separating fact from emotion..

Prompt Resolution of Conflicts

Achieving a quick resolution in landlord-tenant conflicts reduces both stress and financial strain. A civil court agent can facilitate negotiations and mediate solutions, speeding up the resolution process and avoiding costly legal fees.

Personalized Legal Advice

Given the unique nature of each landlord-tenant scenario, generic advice is often unhelpful. Every scenario is unique and requires assistance and support specific to that scenario.  A civil court agent well versed in landlord-tenant matters is able to provide that assistance, whether it be legal, practical or simply for information’s sake..

Documentation Support

Correct and comprehensive documentation is critical in any legal dispute. A civil court agent is more than capable of gathering and organizing the required documents and evidence to present your case in an efficient and convincing manner. This is essential for success as it ensures that your case is presented with all necessary detail and accuracy.

A Budget-friendly Option

The expense of legal proceedings can mount quickly, particularly for those unfamiliar with the process. Most amounts at issue in landlord-tenant disputes do not justify the cost of a lawyer.  This is why civil court agents are a much more practical and cost efficient alternative.  Civil court agent’s fees are much less than a lawyer and the services provided are often more practical and efficient than that of a law office..

The Role of AzPerLegal in Resolving Disputes

AzPerLegal stands ready to assist landlords and tenants through dispute resolution. Whether navigating the RTDRS or proceeding through the Alberta Court of Justice, Christine Herrington is committed to providing comprehensive support. From initial consultations to filing applications and presenting your case at hearings, AzPerLegal ensures your claim is prepared and presented effectively, leveraging our expertise to secure a successful outcome.

At AzPerLegal, we understand the nuances of landlord-tenant disputes and the importance of a clear, well-prepared case. By acting as your agent at hearings, we aim to represent your interests effectively, ensuring all evidence supports your position compellingly. We aim to streamline the resolution process, making it as seamless and efficient as possible for you.

For personalized advice and support in handling your landlord-tenant dispute in Calgary, contact AzPerLegal. Christine’s expertise in this area enables us to guide you through the complexities of the law, ensuring your rights are protected and your case is presented with the utmost care. Let us help you navigate this challenging process with confidence and ease.

Blog posts from AzPerlegal Services Inc. are for general information only. The content should not be considered legal advice. If you are in need of professional legal advice, please reach out to our Paralegal Services team and we can refer you to a lawyer.