After busting contractors in undercover sting, Alberta might pass new law on renovation contracts
The province isn't likely to introduce a province-wide standard contract, but it might insist on specific clauses in each contract
December 11, 2013 by Steve Payne
After charging 7 contractors under the province’s Fair Trading Act, Alberta says it is considering introducing “standardized contract” language that must be included in all renovation deals.
Two weeks ago, an undercover sting operation busted contractors in Edmonton and Calgary for, among other things, taking upfront money from clients without having required licences and contracts – in violation of existing Alberta law.
Now, the Calgary Herald reports that the government is pondering specific renovation contract legislation, over and above the Fair Trading Act.
“How do we equip Albertans with the right tools at the time they’re actually entering into these agreements?” said Calgary Greenaway MLA Manmeet Bhullar.
The government says it is likely not going to introduce a standard province-wide renovation contract. Rather, it is considering legislating specific clauses that must be put into every renovation contract.