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What if I need to move from my apartment quickly because of violence or abuse?

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What if I need to move from my apartment quickly because of violence or abuse?
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What if I need to move from my apartment quickly because of violence or abuse?
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August 31, 2017
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Usually, if you rent by the month or year or if you sign a fixed-term lease, you must give your landlord 60 days’ notice to end your tenancy and move out. And you can’t end your tenancy before the end of a rental period or the end of your lease.

But if you need to move because you, or a child living with you, have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse, you might be able to end your tenancy early.

You can do this by using the Landlord and Tenant Board’s new Form N15 – Tenant’s Notice to End my Tenancy Because of Fear of Sexual or Domestic Violence and Abuse. You can give this notice at any time. You don’t have to wait until the end of the lease or rental period.

To let your landlord know that the Form N15 applies to your situation, you must also give them one of the following:

The Next Steps have more detail about these forms and documents, and the process to follow.

Make sure to protect your online privacy when downloading these forms or looking for information about dealing with domestic violence.

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