Many landlords are not sure of their legal rights and responsibilities when it comes to eviction, and when they are sure of their rights and responsibilities, they aren’t sure of the actual logistics of evicting a tenant so that's it’s 100 percent legal.
Laws vary province by province , but the first rule of landlording is to always use the proper documentation. With that in mind, how do you know whether or not the documents you are using are the proper, legal documents for your area?
The agreement (lease or rental) terms you have with your tenant, the province in which the rental property is located, and the reason for eviction in the individual circumstances might mean you need to handle things differently.
For example, in Ontario, Canada, the provincial government provides different forms for use in different eviction circumstances: if the tenant has done something illegal, if you want to convert the rental unit for non-residential use, or if the tenant has persistently paid the rent late, are but three different reasons.
Most provinces don’t only expect you to use the correct documentation; they expect you to use documentation they provide for the purpose of evicting tenants.
Where Do I Get More Information?
For more information on eviction laws in your area, contact your local, provincial landlord-tenant association or regulatory board.
AB: Service Alberta
BC: Residential Tenancy Branch
MB: Residential Tenancies Branch
ON: Landlord and Tenant Board
PEI: Office of the Director of Residential Rental Property
QC: Régie du logement
SK: Office of Residential Tenancies
NB: The Office of the Rentalsman/Service New Brunswick
NFLD & LB: Department of Government Services
NS: Residential Tenancies
NU: Nunavut Housing Corporation
NWT: Rental Office
YK: Government of Yukon
More Forms and Information
In his book Landlording in Canada
, author Michael Drouillard outlines exactly how many agreements and forms you may need during the course of any tenancy. For more information, see Landlording in Canada
in our Web store
. Self-Counsel Press also supplies a variety of forms kits for rental agreements and for commercial lease agreements. These forms are available in our Canadian store
as CD kits, paper kits, and as downloadable kits.Click image to enlarge