Were you served with an eviction notice? Are you confused, scared, nervous and wondering if your landlord can evict you? The Residential Tenancies Act sets out the rules governing eviction.
Grounds for Eviction
You cannot be evicted from your rental home without grounds. Grounds for eviction include:
- Failure to pay rent
- Substantial Breech of the Rental Agreement
- Damage (“waste”) to the property
- Significant disturbance to other tenants
What if I don’t agree with the eviction? When do I have to move out?
The Landlord has to give you 14 days notice in the eviction letter. That means you have 14 days to move out.
If you do not agree with the eviction, the Landlord cannot force you out of the home without a court order. They must prove they have grounds to evict before a Judge will grant an order for eviction.
If your Landlord does serve you with a court application for eviction, there are specific forms to complete and deadlines you must meet. Completing the forms and attending court is the only way to argue your side of the case. If you do not file the correct forms and attend court, the Judge will not hear your side of the story, and will likely grant the eviction order.
A Landlord cannot evict you without cause. If you want to protect yourself from an eviction order, you must take action immediately. If you need assistance, please book a consultation today. We can provide you with legal advice on what to do, or we can prepare court documents for you. We can also coach you and prepare you for court.