Can your landlord take your stuff?
What if I live in a mobile home or land lease home?
If you live in a mobile or land lease home, most of the rules described so far in this article apply to your belongings. But there are different rules for your home itself, if your tenancy was ended by any of the following:
- a notice you gave your landlord,
- a notice your landlord gave you,
- an agreement between you and your landlord, or
- an order of the Landlord and Tenant Board.
If your tenancy was ended in one of the ways listed above and you leave behind your mobile or land lease home, your landlord must do all the following things before taking it:
- send you a notice by registered mail to your last known address, and
- have the notice published in any regular newspaper in your area, and then
- wait for 60 days to see if you contact your landlord.
If you contact your landlord to claim the home before the 60 days are up, your landlord must return it to you. But your landlord can first make you pay any unpaid rent and reasonable expenses.
If you do not contact your landlord within the 60 days, your landlord can then sell, keep, or get rid of the home.
But if you then contact your landlord within 6 months of when your landlord mailed and published the notice, your landlord must do one of the following:
- If your landlord has already sold the home, your landlord must give you the money from the sale, minus any unpaid rent and reasonable expenses.
- If your landlord kept the home, your landlord must return it to you. But your landlord can first make you pay any unpaid rent and reasonable expenses.
If you left your home behind without giving or getting any notice or making an agreement with your landlord, your landlord might think you abandoned it. If this happens, your landlord can treat your home like any other abandoned property. To find out about the rules that apply to your home in this situation, please read the section called What if I move without giving or receiving a notice or making an agreement?