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Fighting an eviction

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If your landlord applies to the Board

If you do not cancel the notice or move out, your landlord can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for an eviction order. Your landlord does this by giving an application form to the Board and paying a fee. The name of the form usually starts with Application to End a Tenancy or Application to evict a tenant. It may have one of these numbers at the top: L1, L2, L3, L4, L7, A1, or A2.

Usually the Board mails you a copy of this form, together with a Notice of Hearing. In some situations, the Board could order your landlord to give you these papers.

Getting these papers does not mean you have to leave. You can be evicted only if the Board makes an eviction order after holding a hearing.

Exception: In some situations, your landlord is allowed to apply to the Board without giving you any notices, and the Board can order your eviction without holding a hearing. For more information, see If there was no hearing.

The Notice of Hearing tells you the date, time, and place of your hearing. It could be as soon as 5 days after you get the Notice of Hearing.

It is very important that you go to the hearing, or send someone who can represent you. If you send someone, give them written permission to represent you and make sure they take it with them.

If you do not go or send someone, the Board will probably decide to evict you. This can happen even if you are only a few minutes late for the hearing.

If you speak French, you might have the right to get services from the Board in French or to have your hearing in French. To ask for this, you should tell the Board in writing as soon as possible.