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In most situations, before a landlord can apply to the Board to evict the tenant, they must first give the tenant a Notice of Termination that tells the tenant what the problem is.

Reasons for eviction

Here are examples of reasons that your landlord might put in the notice:

  • You owe rent.
  • You often pay your rent late.
  • You or your guests did something illegal on the property.
  • You or your guests caused damage or serious problems for your landlord or other tenants.
  • Your landlord wants to tear down the building or use it for something else.
  • Your landlord, your landlord’s family, someone buying your place, or the buyer’s family wants to move in. Family includes only spouse, child, parent, spouse’s child, and spouse’s parent. It also includes a caregiver for any of them.

For some termination notices, the landlord must wait a specific number of days to see if the tenant corrects the problem before they can file the application with the Board. The number of days the tenant has to correct the problem is set out in the notice. If the tenant does not correct the problem and/or does not move out, the landlord can file an application with the Board and in most situations a hearing will be scheduled.

At the hearing, the parties can appear in front of a Member of the Board. The Member will listen to what each person has to say and then make a decision.


If an eviction order is issued, it tells the tenant when they must be out of the unit. If they do not move out, then the landlord can file this order with the Court Enforcement Office. Only the Sheriff can evict a tenant who does not leave a unit as directed by an eviction order issued by the Board

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