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6.4 Ending a Tenancy - Review

  • If you have a month-to-month agreement, you can end your tenancy by giving your landlord one full month notice in writing.
  • If you have a fixed-term tenancy, you are generally not allowed to move out early unless you:
    1. have reached an agreement with your landlord
    2. have assigned or sublet your tenancy
    3. are leaving because your landlord has breached a material term
    4. are fleeing family violence, or
    5. are moving into a long-term care facility.
  • There are three main types of eviction notices
    1. 10 Day Notice for Non-Payment of Rent
    2. One Month Notice for Cause, and
    3. Two Month Notice for Landlord Use of Property.
  • Deadlines to challenge eviction notices through dispute resolution can be very short.  For a 10 Day Eviction Notice, you have 5 days to apply for dispute resolution; for a One Month Eviction Notice, you have 10 days; and for a Two Month Eviction Notice, you have 15 days. 
  • A Writ of Possession gives the landlord the right to hire a court-approved bailiff to legally remove a tenant and their possessions from a rental unit.
  • At the end of your tenancy, you are expected to do a reasonably thorough clean of your rental unit and participate in a move-out condition inspection report.
  • Once your tenancy has officially ended and you have provided your forwarding address in writing, your landlord has 15 days to do one of three things:
    1. Return your deposit
    2. Get your written consent to keep some or all of your deposit
    3. Apply for dispute resolution to keep some or all of your deposit
  • If your landlord does not follow this proper procedure, you can go after them for double the amount of the deposit.