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AR 75/95 RENT SUPPLEMENT REGULATION

(Consolidated up to 144/2017)

ALBERTA REGULATION 75/95

Alberta Housing Act

RENT SUPPLEMENT REGULATION

Table of Contents

                1      Interpretation and application

Part 1
Rent Supplement Housing
Accommodation

                2      Designations

                3      Withdrawal of designation


                4      Landlords application

                5      Operating agreement

                6      Management bodys obligations

                7      Application to landlord

                8      Rent supplement

Part 2
Direct Rent Supplements

             8.1      Assistance to management bodies

             8.2      Application and eligibility for direct rent supplements

             8.3      Priority of need

             8.4      Allocation of direct rent supplements

             8.5      Income verification

             8.6      Direct rent supplement agreement

             8.7      Direct rent supplements

Part 3
General

              11      Coming into force

Interpretation and application

1(1)  In this Regulation,

                               (a)    “Act” means the Alberta Housing Act;

                              (b)    “designation” means a per unit entitlement to provide a rent supplement;

                               (c)    “household” means a household within the meaning of the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94);

                              (d)    “management body” means a management body that is established under the Act and whose purposes include providing rent supplement housing accommodation;

                               (e)    “operating agreement” means an operating agreement referred to in section 5;

                               (f)    “rent supplement housing accommodation” means rent supplement housing accommodation applied for or provided under this Regulation;

                               (g)    “suitable and adequate” with respect to rent supplement housing accommodation means suitable and adequate as determined under the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94).

(2)  The Minister may exempt persons and housing accommodation from the application of any of the provisions of this Regulation, subject to any terms and conditions the Minister considers appropriate.

Part 1
Rent Supplement Housing Accommodation

Designations

2(1)  The Minister shall

                               (a)    determine the number of designations that are necessary in the Minister’s opinion to provide households with suitable and adequate rent supplement housing accommodation and the basis on which the designations should be allocated among management bodies, and

                              (b)    allocate the designations among management bodies.

(2)  The Minister may reallocate a designation where the designation is withdrawn under section 3(a), (b), (c), (d) or (e).

(3)  The Minister may allocate or reallocate a designation subject to any terms and conditions the Minister considers appropriate.

AR 75/95 s2;114/96

Withdrawal of designation

3   The Minister may withdraw a designation from a management body in the following circumstances:

                               (a)    where a management body or a landlord contravenes a term of an operating agreement or a provision of this Regulation or the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94) as it relates to the provision of social housing accommodation;

                              (b)    where the housing accommodation is used for purposes other than providing rent supplement housing accommodation;

                               (c)    where the housing accommodation is vacant for at least 2 consecutive months;

                              (d)    where the operating agreement relating to that designation expires;

                           (d.1)    where funding provided under the National Housing Act (Canada) relating to that designation expires;

                               (e)    where the Minister and the management body that holds the designation agree that it should be withdrawn.

AR 75/95 s3;114/96

Landlords application

4(1)  A person who owns housing accommodation, or that person’s authorized agent, may apply to a management body in a form acceptable to the Minister to become a landlord for the purposes of this Regulation.

(2)  A management body and a corporation or other organization that is owned or controlled by a management body are not eligible to be landlords for the purposes of this Regulation in respect of housing accommodation that is operated or administered by the management body.

(3)  A management body that receives an application under subsection (1) and has available designations that could be assigned to the type of housing accommodation for which application is made shall

                               (a)    inspect the housing accommodation described in the application to determine its suitability to be used as rent supplement housing accommodation in accordance with the guidelines established by the Minister, and

                              (b)    complete an evaluation of the housing accommodation in a form acceptable to the Minister.

(4)  If the management body determines that the housing accommodation is suitable under subsection (3), it may approve the housing accommodation for use as rent supplement housing accommodation.

Operating agreement

5(1)  Where

                               (a)    a management body has approved housing accommodation under section 4,

                              (b)    a household has made application to the management body for social housing accommodation under the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94),

                               (c)    the management body has determined that the housing accommodation is suitable and adequate for the household referred to in clause (b), and

                              (d)    the management body has designations that may be assigned to that housing accommodation,

the management body and the landlord of the housing accommodation may enter into an operating agreement respecting the use of that housing accommodation to provide rent supplement housing accommodation.

(2)  The form and content of the operating agreement shall be determined by the Minister.

(3)  No term of the operating agreement may be changed or omitted in any way by either of the parties to the agreement unless agreed to in writing by the Minister.

AR 75/95 s5;114/96

Management bodys obligations

6   During the term of an operating agreement the management body shall

                               (a)    periodically inspect and evaluate the housing accommodation in the manner described in section 4(3),

                              (b)    ensure that the landlord is made aware of his duties and obligations relative to the provision of housing accommodation under the Act, and

                               (c)    evaluate and be satisfied as to the landlord’s ability to meet his obligations under the operating agreement and this Regulation before renewing the operating agreement with the landlord.

Application to landlord

7(1)  In addition to the application for housing accommodation made by a household to a management body under the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94), a landlord may require a household to submit to the landlord an application for rent supplement housing accommodation under this Regulation.

(2)  A landlord must provide a household that makes application with a reasonable opportunity to inspect the rent supplement housing accommodation prior to entering into any form of tenancy agreement.

(3)  A landlord may not impose eligibility requirements for tenancy in rent supplement housing accommodation owned by the landlord that are inconsistent with the selection criteria of the management body.

AR 75/94 s7;144/2017

Rent supplement

8(1)  A management body shall pay to a landlord with whom it has entered into an operating agreement rent supplements in the manner, at the times and in the amounts set out in the operating agreement if the management body

                               (a)    receives a claim for the rent supplement in a form acceptable to the Minster, and

                              (b)    is satisfied that the landlord is in compliance with the Act, the operating agreement, this Regulation and the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94).

(2)  The Minister may pay to a management body all or part of the money it pays in rent supplements if

                               (a)    the management body submits to the Minister a subsidy claim in a form acceptable to the Minister monthly not later than the 6th working day of the month being claimed for, and

                              (b)    the Minister is satisfied that the management body and the landlord are in compliance with the Act, the operating agreement, this Regulation and the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94).

Part 2
Direct Rent Supplements

Assistance to management bodies

8.1   The Minister may determine and allocate financial assistance to management bodies to be used to pay direct rent supplements to households under this Part.

AR 157/2007 s3

Application and eligibility for direct rent supplements

8.2(1)  A household may apply to a management body for direct rent supplements by making an application under section 2 of the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94) for social housing accommodation.

(2)  A household is eligible for direct rent supplements if the household meets the eligibility requirements for community housing accommodation under section 9(2) of the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94).

AR 157/2007 s3

Priority of need

8.3(1)  After determining a household’s eligibility for direct rent supplements, a management body must determine the priority of need of the household for social housing accommodation

                               (a)    in accordance with Part 1 of Schedule A to the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94), or

                              (b)    in accordance with a method approved by the Minister.

(2)  The management body may require a household to provide any information necessary to determine the priority of need for the household.

AR 157/2007 s3

Allocation of direct rent supplements

8.4   A management body must allocate direct rent supplements to households in the same manner that the management body must allocate social housing accommodation under section 4 of the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94).

AR 157/2007 s3

Income verification

8.5   A management body must verify the total annual and adjusted incomes of a household in accordance with the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation (AR 244/94)

                               (a)    before the management body allocates direct rent supplements to the household, and

                              (b)    at least once each year while the management body is paying direct rent supplements to the household.

AR 157/2007 s3

Direct rent supplement agreement

8.6(1)  Where

                               (a)    a household has made an application under section 8.2 to a management body,

                              (b)    the management body has determined that the household is eligible for and should be allocated direct rent supplements, and

                               (c)    the management body has sufficient funds allocated to it by the Minister to allocate direct rent supplements to the household,

the management body and the household may enter into a direct rent supplement agreement under which the management body will pay direct rent supplements to the household.

(2)  The form and content of the direct rent supplement agreement shall be determined by the management body and approved by the Minister.

(3)  No term of the direct rent supplement agreement may be changed or omitted in any way by either of the parties to the agreement unless agreed to in writing by the Minister.

AR 157/2007 s3

Direct rent supplements

8.7   A management body shall pay to a household with whom it has entered into a direct rent supplement agreement direct rent supplements in the manner, at the times and in the amounts set out in the agreement if the management body is satisfied that the household is in compliance with the agreement.

AR 157/2007 s3

9   Repealed AR 114/96 s5.

Part 3
General

10   Repealed AR 144/2017 s3.

Coming into force

11   This Regulation comes into force on May 1, 1995.

12   Repealed AR 144/2017 s4.