Can I be evicted because my place is being sold?

Your landlord might want to you if they're trying to sell your place. This is a legal reason for eviction only if the buyer, the buyer's close family member or a caregiver wants to move in.

If so, the landlord must first give you a written . The notice should be on a form called Notice to End your Tenancy Because the Landlord, a Purchaser or a Family Member Requires the Rental Unit – Form N12.

Your landlord must also:

  • offer you another acceptable unit to move to, or
  • pay you at least one month's rent.

You don't have to move out just because you get this notice. You can be forced to move only if the (LTB) makes an eviction against you.

But if you do want to move, you can give your landlord as little as 10 days' notice, instead of the usual 60 days.

Eviction process

If you don't agree to move out, your landlord must ask the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) to evict you. Your landlord does this by filing an Application to End a Tenancy and Evict a Tenant – Form L2.

The LTB or your landlord should send you a copy of this and a Notice of Hearing with the date, time, and place of your hearing.

You can try to reach an agreement with your landlord before the hearing. For example, your landlord might agree to pay you more than one month's rent or give you more time to find a new place.

If you and your landlord don't make an agreement, your case will go to an eviction hearing at the LTB.

At the hearing, your landlord must show that:

  • they've followed all the right steps in their application, and
  • the buyer honestly plans to move into your place.

You need to prepare for the hearing and think about the best ways to challenge your landlord's case at the hearing.

It's always best to get legal advice about eviction problems if you can. You should do this as soon as possible. If you leave this until the last minute, the LTB might not give you extra time to look for help.

If the LTB does not evict you, the person who buys your place will become your new landlord.

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