Tenant Responsibilities to the Landlord

Tenants have responsibilities to their landlord, to the community, and to themselves.

  • Tenant is responsible for ordinary cleanliness of the premises and any chattels (moveable property such as fridge, stove, furniture, etc.) provided therein by the landlord.
  • Tenant shall repair within a reasonable time any damage to the premises or to any chattels provided therein by the landlord. If it was caused by the wilful or negligent conduct of the tenant or of persons who are permitted on the premises by the tenant.
  • Keeping the landlord informed of any repairs or maintenance that is required.
  • Understanding and fulfilling their obligations in the landlord-tenant relationship such as payment of rent and giving notice of ending tenancy.

Payment of Rent

A tenant must pay rent when it is due. If they fail to do so the landlord can take action to end the tenancy.

The first time rent is late the landlord can serve the tenant with a notice to vacate, which gives the tenant 15 days to leave. The tenant has 7 days to pay all rent owing after receiving a notice to vacate. If the tenant pays their rent in time, the notice does not take effect.

If the rent is late again, the landlord may give the tenant a final notice to vacate. The tenant has to leave by the date in the final notice to vacate and is still responsible for paying the rent.

Do not withhold rent even if your landlord is not fulfilling their obligations. Withholding your rent can be grounds for eviction. If your landlord is not fulfilling their obligations complain to the Office of the Rentalsman.

Giving Notice (of ending tenancy)

Fixed term leases end automatically at the end of the specified term. Tenancies that run week-to-week, month-to-month, or year-to-year can be ended by giving notice of termination.

A notice of termination must be in writing and must include the following:

  • Address of rental unit
  • Date notice is written
  • Termination date
  • Your signature

The amount of notice required is dependant on the type of tenancy.

  • Year-to-year tenancy
    • 3 months before the anniversary of the lease
  • Month-to-month tenancy
    • 1 month in advance
  • Week-to-week tenancy
    • 1 week in advance

All notice must be given at least 1 full period in advance. This means you must give your notice either before or at the same time as you pay your rent for your final period, or your 3 last payments in the case of a year-to-year tenancy. If notice is being sent by mail, you must allow at least 3 days for notice to arrive.

Example: If you have a year-to-year tenancy that begins on September 1st, you would have to give your notice by June 1st. If you are sending it by mail, you have to put your notice in the mail by May 29th.