What happens if there is an eviction order and I do not move?

After the (LTB) makes an to a tenant, a court official called the is in charge of enforcing or carrying out the order. The Sheriff is also called a Court Enforcement Officer.

If you haven't moved out by the date the eviction order says you must move, the Sheriff can make you leave. Then your landlord is allowed to change the locks.

Only the Sheriff is allowed to physically evict you

The law doesn't let your landlord, a private bailiff, or a security guard physically evict you or lock you out. Only the Sheriff can do this. The police can't evict you either. But the Sheriff can ask the police for help if the Sheriff thinks there might be violence.

You can get evicted at any time of year

Many tenants believe that the law doesn't allow evictions in the winter. That is not true. The Sheriff can enforce eviction orders at any time of year.

The Sheriff does not have to tell you when they are coming to evict you

If you have an eviction order against you, the Sheriff could come to change your locks on any weekday after the date the LTB ordered you to move out.

It's important to act quickly. Get legal advice as soon as possible if you want to try to stop the eviction. If you've decided to move, make sure you're ready to go as soon as possible.

Sometimes the Sheriff will mail you a “Notice to Vacate” that tells you the date that they will come to your place and change the locks. But the Sheriff doesn't have to send you a . In many parts of Ontario, the Sheriff never tells you when they are coming.

You can phone your local Sheriff's office to ask when they are coming but they don't have to tell you. The phone number might be listed as “Enforcement Office – Superior Court of Justice” at the courthouse in your location. If there is no such listing, try calling the courthouses in nearby larger municipalities.

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