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Can I come back for some of my things after moving day?

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Can I come back for some of my things after moving day?
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Can I come back for some of my things after moving day?
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January 2, 2020
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Make sure you take all your belongings with you when you leave your place, unless you are subletting to someone who has agreed to take care of your stuff. 

Your landlord can keep, sell, or throw out anything you leave behind when you move out after:

  • you gave notice to your landlord,
  • your landlord gave you notice, or
  • you and your landlord agreed to end your tenancy.

Your landlord can do this as soon as you have moved out. So do not leave anything behind, even for an extra day.

If you are evicted

If you are evicted by the Sheriff, your landlord must wait 72 hours before taking your things. During that time, your landlord must let you come get your belongings at any time you wish between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

If you abandon your place

If your landlord believes you have abandoned your place, they can get rid of your things if they give you 30 days' notice. Or they can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for an order to end your tenancy. Thirty days after the Board makes this type of order, your landlord can get rid of anything you left behind.

Your place cannot be considered abandoned if you are not behind in your rent payments.

Other situations

There are different rules that apply when a tenant dies or when a tenant abandons a mobile home or land lease home.

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