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Fighting an eviction

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If your landlord gives you a notice

If your landlord wants to evict you, usually the first step is to give you a written notice. Your landlord can do this in a number of ways, for example, by putting it in your mailbox or handing it to you.

Usually the notice will have a name that starts with Notice to End your Tenancy. It may have one of these numbers at the top: N4, N5, N6, N7, N8, N12, or N13.

The notice must tell you the reason why your landlord wants you to leave. It must be one of the reasons listed in the RTA. The notice must also give you details about the reason.

The notice must tell you the date your landlord wants you to move. Your landlord must give you the notice a certain number of days before that date. The number of days depends on which reason for eviction your landlord has put on the notice. There are some examples in the chart below.

 

If the reason for eviction is that your landlord claims: Your landlord must give you this much notice:
you owe rent 14 days (but 7 days if you pay your rent by the week or by the day)
you often paid your rent late 60 days (but 28 days if you pay your rent by the week or by the day)
you broke the law or ran an illegal business, caused damage by being careless, or disturbed other tenants 20 days the first time

14 days if it is the second notice within 6 months
you seriously risked the safety of others in the building, or were making or selling an illegal drug 10 days
your landlord or your landlord's family member or a caregiver wants to move in 60 days
your landlord wants to tear down the building or use it for something else 120 days

 

 

In some cases, the notice must also tell you what you can do to cancel it. For example, if the notice says you owe rent, it must tell you exactly how much and when you must pay it to cancel the notice.

 

Even if you are not able to cancel the notice, that does not mean you have to move out. But it means your landlord might take the next step and apply to the Board.