You are here

If my landlord gives me an eviction notice, do I have to move out?

Question
If my landlord gives me an eviction notice, do I have to move out?

Glossary

Clear language definitions to common legal terms. 

Embed this content on your website

Learn how you can embed and share Steps to Justice content on your website.

GET STARTED

Was this information helpful?

Tell us why

By submitting this form, you accept the Privacy Policy

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.
Reviewed: 
December, 2015
Answer

If your landlord wants to evict you, usually the first step is to give you a written notice.

The notice should 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.

Some notices tell you how to cancel the notice so you won't have to move out. For example, you can pay rent that the notice says you owe, or stop doing something that the notice says you have done.

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

What the notice should say

The notice must tell you:

  • the date your landlord wants you to move
  • the reason your landlord wants you to leave
  • details about the reason

The date that your landlord wants you to move is sometimes called the termination date.

Delivery of the notice

Your landlord can give you the notice in a number of ways, for example, by mailing it, putting it in your mailbox, or handing it to you.

Your landlord is not supposed to attach the notice to your door. But it does not matter how the landlord gave it to you if they can prove to the Board that you actually received the notice in enough time.

Learn more about this topic
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

Parlez Français