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I rent month-to-month. How should I give notice to move out?

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I rent month-to-month. How should I give notice to move out?

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August, 2015
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In most situations, you have to tell your landlord in writing that you want to end your tenancy and move out. This is called giving notice. If you don't give proper notice, you could end up owing more rent.

For your notice to be legal, you must:

  • choose the right date to end your tenancy, which is called the termination date
  • include all the necessary information in writing
  • give the notice to your landlord on time

If you rent by the month or any longer period, you must give your landlord at least 60 days' notice and your termination date must be the last day of a rental period. Usually this is the day before your rent is due.

Exceptions

You can leave with less notice if:

Learn more about this topic
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations

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