Ti'nu Affordable Apartment Complex
Ti'nu is an affordable apartment complex on Coyote Lane operated by the Banff Housing Corporation. Occupancy was July 1, 2018. Rental applications are available.
Note: The Town of Banff does not endorse or monitor the content of services linked below, which are provided to increase the available resources individuals commonly use when seeking housing in Banff. People who use the resources below do so at their own risk.
Some Links to Rental Listings
- Advertisements in the two locals papers, the Rocky Mountain Outlook and the Bow Valley Crag and Canyon.
- Property management companies: Peka, Asset West, https://banffcanmore.evrealestate.com/, RE/MAX Alpine Realty
- Social Media: search for terms like Bow Valley or Banff housing, homes, rentals, etc.
In a small town like Banff, word-of-mouth is still one of the best ways to find a place. Tell everyone you meet you’re looking to rent, and have them spread the word. Some landlords won’t advertise their rentals, preferring instead to rent to someone they know, or someone recommended to them.
Some real estate agents in Banff also manage rental properties, and it’s worth it to check with each if they have anything available, or if they maintain a waiting list. You’ll be asked to show proof of employment in Banff to ensure you meet the need-to-reside, and many require references from past landlords before showing properties. To ensure a smooth process, have contact information from past landlords available when you’re looking for an apartment.
Many businesses in town have housing available for staff, and this is generally the best way to find a place to live when you’re new to town. They’re often less expensive than renting on your own and most staff accommodations are already furnished. When applying for a job, ask about the availability of staff housing.
Banff’s next affordable housing development will be a price-restricted home ownership project on Banff Avenue.
Learn about The Aster at https://asterbanff.ca/
The Town of Banff is starting predesign work on an affordable housing development on Cave Avenue. An RFP has been issued for geotechnical work on six undeveloped parcels on the street. The site is within the Cave Ave Land Use District, which permits density up to fourplex housing and stacked row housing (as discretionary use). To maximize density of the development, an underground parkade will likely be required to meet the minimum parking stall requirements. Any development will also be constrained by the steep slopes towards the rear of the subject site.
Housing is a council priority. Supplying a mix of affordable housing options to ensure those working in Banff live in Banff is part of The Banff Community Plan. Sign up to receive updates about housing projects.
Buying a House
Banff Housing Corporation
The Banff Housing Corporation (BHC) is an arm’s length, non-profit organization of the Town of Banff. Its mission is to help the town maintain a healthy and balanced community by offering both price restricted and equity share home ownership.
In order to buy a BHC home, you must first be on the Registered Resale List. The list awards points to potential buyers and those with the most points are contacted first when a property becomes available. A non-refundable administrative fee of $50 must be paid when submitting your application.
Real Estate Agents
There are several Banff-based real estate agents who can help you find listings on the open market. Banff Lake Louise Tourism maintains a list of real estate agents in Banff.
Landlord and tenant rights in Alberta can differ from other provinces and countries. As a tenant, you should educate yourself on your rights and responsibilities when renting a home or apartment.
- Residential Tenancy Act of Alberta (PDF)
- Tip sheet for tenants from Service Alberta (PDF)
- Renting info and tenancy disputes/offences information from Service Alberta
- Types of rental agreements
- Innkeepers Act (PDF)
- Checklist for Tenants (PDF)
- Leases and Agreements
Roommate and Subletting Agreements
- Roommates and Subletting
- Sample Roommate Agreement (PDF)
- Sample Living with your Landlord Agreement (PDF)
Health and Safety
There are a number of health and safety standards for housing in Alberta. The following are from Alberta Health Services to educate both tenants and landlords as to their rights and responsibilities.
- Minimum Housing and Health Standards (PDF)
- Rental Housing and Health in Alberta (PDF)
- Bedbugs brochure (PDF)
- Emergency Egress (PDF)
In order to live in Banff, you need to work in Banff. It’s a Parks Canada regulation to make sure housing is available to the people who work in the community, so it isn’t used as vacation properties or second homes.
According to the National Parks Lease and License of Occupation Regulations an eligible resident is defined as:
(a) an individual whose primary employment is in the park,
(b) an individual who operates a business in the park and whose presence at the place of business is necessary for the day-to-day operation of the business,
(c) a retired individual who resides in the park and who, for five consecutive years immediately prior to retirement,
(i) was employed primarily in that park, or
(ii) operated a business in that park and whose presence at the place of business was necessary for the day-to-day operation of the business,
(d) a retired individual who resided in the park at the time of the individual’s retirement and who resided in that park on July 30, 1981,
(e) an individual who is a student in full-time attendance at an educational institution that is located within the park and registered under the Income Tax Act or applicable provincial legislation relating to education,
(f) an individual who is a lessee of public lands in the park and who
(i) was the lessee of those public lands prior to May 19, 1911, or
(ii) is a descendant, by blood or adoption, of an individual who was the lessee of those public lands prior to May 19, 1911, or
(g) the spouse or common-law partner or a dependent of an individual referred to in any of paragraphs (a) to (f).
In October 2014, Banff town council adopted the Community Housing Strategy. The document recommends many actions be taken over the next several years to help address housing issues in the community. Some actions are already underway, and can be reviewed in the full document.
- Community Housing Strategy (PDF)
- Housing Strategy Committee Terms of Reference (PDF)
- Progress Report Year One (PDF)
- Progress Report Year Two (PDF)
- Progress Report Year Three (PDF)
- Progress Report Year Four (PDF)
On June 24, 2019, Banff town council received an update on the success of the Tin’nu Apartment Complex housing.
The Bow Valley Homeless to Housing Coalition, (H2HC) is a dynamic group of agency partners across the Bow Valley. Their vision is to ensure that the supports to help individuals who are in housing crisis are in place within the Bow Valley.
H2HC has been conducting surveys to better understand the nature and extent of homelessness in the Bow Valley so they can take steps towards their vision. Agency partners have been seeking out homeless individuals in the community to complete surveys.
If you require more information, please call Tara at 403.678.7130 or Sachiho at 403.760.3200.