The Alberta Human Rights Act also protects commercial tenants from discrimination based on the protected grounds. A commercial tenancy issue would arise if some tenants believed a landlord was letting too many people of a particular race rent space, to the exclusion of others who were not that race. Landlords should be careful not to discriminate when trying to rectify other tenants' concerns. For example, discrimination cannot be justified by imposing discriminatory rules that the majority of tenants approve.
Some general examples of discrimination in commercial tenancy include:
- sexual harassment of a tenant;
- refusing to reasonably accommodate a tenant who has a disability;
- refusing to rent space to gay, lesbian or bisexual store-owners; and
- making racial remarks about a tenant.
For more information, see these pages:
What information can landlords require from tenants?
A discussion of protected grounds in the area of tenancy
Revised: March 9, 2010
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