I want to take a moment to discuss a much misunderstood document from a Locksmith perspective. It is the Residential Tenancies Act of Alberta. Sometimes I get calls from landlords or tenants who are clearly unaware of the Regulations in this document regarding re-keying and entry into their rental properties. The Act defines specific time frames for eviction, re-keying and entry into a rental property. It is meant to safe-guard the rights of both the landlord and tenant and give legal guidelines should there be a dispute at any time.
As a security professional, a Locksmith is bound by law to make sure this Act is upheld. It may come off as being hard-nosed, but a professional Locksmith cannot agree to open any property deemed a rental premisis without verifying identity, ownership and that proper regulations have been followed. He's probably learned from training and experience that he may be implicated in criminal intent if he doesn't do so. Entry can trigger alarm systems unknown to the landlord, tenants can call the police if they feel their rights are being infringed and the whole situation can get pretty messy.
If you are a landlord or tenant, being familiar with this handy guide to the Residential Tenancies Act of Alberta is a must. Take the time to look through the sections regarding eviction, re-keying and entry regulations. It is important to note that the Act applies to all Landlord and Tenant relationships in the province of Alberta regardless of whether a lease or contract of any form has been signed.
(You can also view the entire document on the Queen's printer, but the guide is much easier to read and more clearly written.)
* Make sure to get the most competitive rates for re-keying and entry for your rental properties in the Leduc/Millet area. Not all Locksmiths are priced alike. Quality workmanship is also a factor if any damage is done to your door frame or locks. You want to hire someone who has technical qualifications. Beware of the cheapest price and demand to see proof of journeyman/apprentice status from any technician that shows up for the job. Best Wishes to all Landlords and Tenants! *
Professional Locksmith Manager and Administrator