Landlord Notice to End Tenancy

Landlords must give proper notice to tenants if they plan to end a tenancy – there are different notice forms required for different situations:

By law, tenants must always be given the right amount of notice – even if the landlord uses an incorrect date. This correction can be made without having to go through the dispute resolution process.

Serving a Notice to End Tenancy

All Notices to End Tenancy have two pages – it’s only valid if the landlord serves both pages to the tenant. There are rules about how and when a landlord can serve notice – be sure to do it correctly:

Disputing a Notice to End Tenancy

Tenants who disagree with a notice need to apply for dispute resolution – writing a letter or talking to the landlord isn’t enough. Submit the Tenant’s Application for Dispute Resolution (PDF) along with a copy of the Notice to End Tenancy.

If a tenant submits an application for dispute resolution by the appropriate deadline, the notice is suspended until an Residential Tenancy Branch arbitrator makes a decision. If not, the tenancy ends on the date stated in the notice.

Type of Notice

Tenant must submit application for dispute resolution…

10 Day Notice to End Tenancy for Unpaid Rent or Utilities

Within 5 days of receiving the notice

One Month Notice to End Tenancy

Within 10 days of receiving the notice

Two Month Notice to End Tenancy

Within 15 days of receiving the notice

12 Month Notice to End Tenancy

Within 15 days of receiving the notice

When a Tenant Doesn't Leave

The tenant is required to leave by the last day of tenancy – the effective date stated on a notice. The landlord should talk to the tenant to confirm the moving date. If the tenant doesn’t dispute the notice and does not leave by 1 p.m. on the effective date, then the landlord can apply for an Order of Possession – a legal document from an arbitrator that orders the tenant to leave.

If the tenant still doesn’t leave after being served with an Order of Possession, the landlord must obtain a Writ of Possession from the Supreme Court of B.C. in order to hire a bailiff to remove a tenant or their belongings and, if desired, change the locks.

A landlord cannot physically remove a tenant, remove a tenant’s possessions or prevent a tenant from accessing a rental property without a Writ of Possession from the Supreme Court.

The content on this website is periodically reviewed and updated by the Province of British Columbia as per the date noted on each page: September 16, 2014.

A Note for Tenants

Agree to End the Tenancy

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