Update the Residential Tenancy Act to include rent control in Alberta
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Petition for Rent Control
To the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, in Legislature Assembled
We, the undersigned residents of Alberta note that:
Housing is a basic human right and therefore rental rates should not be determined solely by rental unit supply and demand and what a landlord wishes to charge
Unreasonable rental increases lead to tenant displacement and homelessness
Tenants in Alberta in require greater housing security so they can budget and plan for the future, and participate in their community
Currently in Alberta a landlord can legally increase a tenant’s rent by 100%, 200% or any amount they wish on an annual basis
In 2007 the average Alberta rent had increased 17% over the previous year
A 2007 Ipso Reid survey of Calgary and Edmonton found that 78% of homeowners and 92% of renters supported government imposed limits on rent increases
Therefore, We the undersigned residents of Alberta, call on all Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta to update the Residential Tenancy Act to include rent control in Alberta.
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