We get it—not all tenancies are a match made in heaven.

Until you have a tenant move in, it’s difficult to know how they conduct themselves. So, there are a multitude of reasons as to why a landlord may want to evict a tenant, but when it comes down to the law, there are really only a handful of acceptable reasons.

Here are the major just causes for eviction:

  • Non-payment of rent

  • Persistently late payments of rent

  • Illegal activity

  • Causing damage to the property

  • Affecting the safety of others

  • Disturbing the peace

  • Overcrowding the rental

  • If the landlord, or an immediate relative, wishes to move in to the property

  • Selling the property

  • Demolishing, renovating, or otherwise converting the space

Typically, a landlord will need to serve their tenant notice before approaching the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) to apply for eviction.

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) is the document to consult if you’re in doubt of the underlying legalities and regulations for evictions. Each of these reasons for eviction comes with their own time periods, meaning how long you’re actually stuck with the tenant until they gotta go.

Generally speaking, we see evictions as an unfortunate reality that too many landlords and tenants have to go through. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find your ideal tenant, know they’re a safe choice and live happily ever after? Hmm… Ah, yes! That’s why we offer free tenant screening, powered by AI. So now your tenancy truly can be a match made in heaven. Woohoo!

evicting a tenant Naborly eviction notice letter pasted on front door of house

Handling an eviction in Toronto.

When it comes time to process the eviction, you’ll need to come armed. No weapons though, just lots of forms. Each reason for eviction has its own form—you can find them all at this link. First comes the notice, then the application for eviction at the end of the waiting period. Each reason for eviction has its own waiting period, so be sure to check yours so you don’t end up on the hook with a big fine.

Conveniently, each of those forms comes with a set of instructions to follow. Do that and you’ll be on your way to resolving your eviction and finding a new tenant!

Lastly, do not try to force the tenant out yourself. There’s really no way this can go down well, and yet it seems to happen all too often. At the end of the day, legal documentation is your only course of action. Record what you can and follow those instructions. Or you can step up to NaborlyShield and forget the hassle. The ball is in your court!

Why are there so many evictions in Toronto?

It should come as no surprise that evictions can get messy. Not all tenants are created equal, and some are downright dastardly. Unfortunately, the same can be said of landlords. And so the grounds are often sown with a healthy dose of distrust from the get-go.

“Professional tenants” will often go from home to home long overstaying their tenancy and refusing to leave when served eviction notices. The problem can go on for months, leaving landlords powerless and suffering significant losses financially.

On the other side of the coin, there has been a rash of landlords using a loophole in the eviction process to get tenants out, then raise rent prices for newcomers. The “N12 loophole” is a method a small fraction of landlords are using to claim they, or a family member, will be moving into the rental, only to relist the property once the existing tenant is evicted.

Yes, bad people suck to live with. That’s where Naborly comes in.

Simplifying how you find tenants or let them go.

Tenant screening can only go so far. While we do offer some brilliant tech that will give you a greater understanding of your tenancy applicants, people are human, and humans change. If your tenant goes from great to less than acceptable, NaborlyShield will ensure the burden is off your shoulders.

How? By paying the tenants rent to you on-time, and if worse comes to worst we will take care of the eviction too. No more battling it out at the LTB to get what you’re owed, no more “professional tenants” wrecking your rental and costing you a small fortune—let us take care of it so you can go on living life stress-free.