A Termination Notice is a written document that one party uses to inform the other party that they must or are about to vacate the premises. The landlord and tenant cannot agree to give verbal notice. A Termination Notice must be signed by the person giving notice, identify the premises, and state the date of termination.
Except where the parties have agreed in writing for a longer period of notice, the notice shall be as follows:
Where a notice period required is more than one month, a tenant, and other tenants in the same residential premises may terminate the tenancy by giving one month's notice to the landlord accompanied by evidence when, in the event of:
Where a fixed term or monthly tenancy exists and the rent is in arrears for 15 days, a landlord may give a tenant a termination notice effective not less than 10 days after the day the notice is served.
Where a weekly tenancy exists and the rent is in arrears for at least 3 days, the landlord may give a tenant a termination notice effective not less than 3 days after the notice is served.
NOTE: If the rental arrears, (plus a late fee, if applied) are paid in full on or before the termination date, the Termination Notice is cancelled. However, where a notice for rental arrears is given to a tenant more than twice in the same 12_month period, the payment of all rental arrears on or before the termination date will NOT cancel the notice. A landlord may request the tenant to comply with a third notice and vacate the premises.
A material breach of a rental agreement includes an activity, work, project or thing that affects the value or integrity of the tenant's residential premises, or other residential premises in the residential complex in which that tenant's premises are located.
A possible material breach of a rental agreement (written or verbal) may occur when:
Where a landlord or a tenant commits a material breach, the party committing the material breach may be given written notice of the breach along with a request to remedy it within a reasonable time.
When the party fails to remedy the breach, the other party may give a written notice of termination as follows:
Where a landlord fails to keep the premises fit for habitation, or where the tenant makes a premises unfit for habitation, a landlord or tenant may give Notice of Termination effective immediately. Example: Disconnection of utilities such as heat or water.
If a tenant causes damage to the rented premises, or fails to keep the premises clean, the landlord may give a written notice requesting the tenant to repair the said damage or to clean the premises within 3 days or a longer period given the circumstances. If the tenant fails to comply the landlord may give to the tenant a Notice to Terminate to take effect not less than 5 days following the date on which the notice was given.
If the landlord interferes with the peaceful enjoyment of the tenant, the tenant may give a written Notice of Termination to take effect not less than 5 days, but not more than 14 days following the date on which the notice was given.
If the tenant interferes with the rights of the landlord or other tenants in the residential complex, the landlord may give a written Notice of Termination to the tenant to take effect not less than 5 days following the date on which the notice was given.
When a landlord serves a Notice of Termination or refuses to renew rental agreements to not less than ½ the tenants in a residential complex, this results in group eviction. If a tenant is served with a Notice of Termination under group eviction, the tenant may give a written Notice of Termination to the landlord of not less than 10 days and will be required to pay rent only up to the date the tenant vacates.
A landlord shall not serve a Notice of Termination in retaliation of the tenant filing a complaint or an application to ensure the tenant's rights. A tenant who feels that this is the case may apply to the Director not later than one month after receiving a notice to determine if the notice is valid.
A Notice or document must be served under the procedure outlined in the Act. This service procedure does not apply to an Application filed with the Residential Tenancies Division under Section 35, subsection 3.
A tenant may serve a landlord by:
Where the landlord is a company, the notice or document may be served by:
A landlord may serve a tenant by: