The short answer is yes, but it’s more complicated when there is no written lease in place.
As with all evictions, landlords must provide proper notice to quit before they begin a formal eviction process. To be enforceable in a court of law, the notice must meet a variety of legal requirements depending on the province, the nature of the tenancy and actions taken by both parties.
To determine notice requirements, you’ll want to determine the type of tenancy you’re dealing with.
A tenant that has permission from a landlord to occupy a property without a formal lease is considered a “tenant-at-will.” Tenancy-at-will is governed by provincial law and may also be called a month-to-month lease.
A tenant that originally entered the property under a written lease but has stayed after the lease expired is considered a holdover tenancy. A holdover tenancy can convert to a tenancy-at-will if the landlord accepts rent payments.
Once you’re clear about the nature of the tenancy, you’ll need to follow provincial law regarding how much time you must give the tenant, how you must serve the notice and several other critical considerations.
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