When do I have to tell my landlord that I am moving out?

Before you move out, you have to let your landlord know that you are leaving. This is called "giving notice."

You need to give written notice to your landlord. You can do this by filling out a form from the Landlord and Tenant Board or by writing a letter that includes specific information.

How much time or notice you have to give your landlord depends on your rental agreement:

  • If you pay rent by the day or week, you must give 28 days notice (for example, if you want to leave on March 1, you have to give notice by February 1).
  • If you pay rent by the month, you must generally give 60 days notice.
  • If your lease is fixed for a period longer than a month, you must generally give 60 days notice.

When you give notice, you have to let your landlord know what day you want to end your tenancy. This must be the last day of the rental period. For example, if you pay rent by the month, the last day of your tenancy must be the last day of the month.

If you are a victim of domestic or sexual abuse, you can leave your rental unit by providing 28 days notice. Under these circumstances, it does not matter what type of rental agreement you have and you can give notice at any time.

You can contact a legal clinic or housing help centre for more information. To find help in your area, go to Services Near Me.

For More Information

  • Moving Out - This booklet describes what tenants have to do if they want to move out, and what can happen if they do not follow the rules.
  • Can your landlord take your stuff? - This booklet explains what landlords can do with personal property that tenants leave behind when they move or are evicted.
  • Landlord and Tenant Board - Provides information about the RTA and to resolve disputes between most residential landlords and tenants.
Last updated: September 8, 2016 4001273