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Last Day to Give Notice in Person

December 31, 2016

Today is the last day of the month, which means it’s your last chance to give written notice to end your month-to-month tenancy for the last day of next month. The Residential Tenancy Act has rules about when communication is considered received by another party:

Form of Delivery Received
Delivering it in person same day
Leaving it in a mail slot or mail box 3 days later
Faxing it 3 days later
Posting it on a door or other obvious place 3 days later
Sending it registered or regular mail 5 days later

This means that you should give your landlord written notice in person. If that’s not possible and you have to deliver your notice in another manner, try to gather evidence that your landlord received your notice today. For example, if you post your notice on their door and then receive email verification that they received your notice today, the “3-days-later” rule may not apply. Always try to have evidence of how you gave your notice.

If you have a fixed-term tenancy agreement rather than a month-to-month tenancy agreement, moving out can be a little more complicated.  See TRAC’s webpage on Moving Out for more information.


December 31, 2016