When Can a Landlord Terminate a Tenancy?

“At-fault” reasons to terminate a tenancy include when a tenant: 

  • Fails to pay rent 
  • Breaches rental agreement 
  • Tenant commits illegal activity
  • Unlawful use of premises
  • Tenant is maintaining the unit as a nuisance
  • Commits waste of the unit
  • Refuses to enter a substantially similar new lease
  • Sublets in violation of the lease
  • Fails to vacate if fired by landlord and lodging was part of the job
  • Fails to give access to landlord 
  • Fails to deliver possession of unit after notifying owner that tenant would deliver.

Landlord can terminate a tenancy without cause (“no-fault”) when

  • Owner wants to remove a unit from the rental market 
  • Owner or family member wants to occupy unit 
  • Substantial rehabilitation to the unit is needed for health and safety purposes 
  • Government or court ordered unit to be vacated

Owner may not terminate a tenancy in retaliation of the tenant exercising their rights under the Ordinance

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