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How Can A Landlord Terminate A Tenancy?

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Occasionally a Landlord wants to take back possession of their rental unit or investment property. At times it’s to renovate, sometimes to move back in, and other times because the Tenant is not paying rent on time. In this series, we’ll take a look how a Landlord can terminate a Tenancy and the different types of Notices to End Tenancy that are available to Landlords, and under what circumstances each one can be used.

Terminate a Tenancy

The three main types of termination notices are:

  1. 10 Day Notice to End Tenancy for Unpaid Rent or Utilities
  2. 1 Month Notice to End Tenancy for Cause
  3. 2 Month Notice to End Tenancy for Landlord’s Use of Property

Method of delivering the Notice

For each notice, we’ll review the reasons they can be issued and answer some important questions such as if the Tenant pays rent after receiving a 10 Day Notice, can they still be required to leave? What constitutes Landlord’s Use of Property? What is “Cause”? We’ll also cover the acceptable methods of delivering the Notice, and how the different methods affect your effective date for the end of the Tenancy.

Because every situation is different, the Landlord needs to make sure the most appropriate Notice is issued. Join us as we answer the questions above and review the specific criteria for each type of notice. We’ll tell you everything you need to know!

Mutual agreements

On rare occasions, a Mutual Agreement to Terminate Tenancy may also be completed. This agreement allows a tenancy to end by mutual agreement, on a specific date, for any reason that the Landlord and Tenant agree on.


No matter what the situation is, if you’re a Landlord and you are unclear about which Notice to End Tenancy should or could be used in your situation, please contact the Residential Tenancy Office.

If you’re a Landlord who needs help dealing with Tenancy issues, call RE/MAX Rental Pros today to see how we can help you.  We offer full service Property Management so these types of problems become ours and your time is yours to spend on less stressful matters.  Call us today for a free consultation at (250) 751-1223. [su_divider]

Disclaimer: This series is not a legal opinion or advice, but rather a general overview.  For legal interpretations or to find out about your own personal situation, please contact the Residential Tenancy Office at 1-800-665-8779, or check their website at

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