Residential Tenancies Tribunal
I am a Landlord - Moving in or Moving Out?
Moving in or Moving Out?
- Move In Time: Tenants can expect to move in at a reasonable time on the morning their lease starts. The specific time should be agreed on with the tenants in advance.
- Inspection: Before the tenant starts moving their things in, you should walk through the rental with your tenant and inspect it thoroughly under good light. Look at the condition of the walls, floors, counters, appliances, and everything else in the unit.
Write down any damage in an Accommodation Inspection Report. If you promise to fix something, write that down too, including the date it will be completed on. Both you and the tenant should sign and date the report and you should both keep a copy. Taking photos can also be useful.
- Notice: Your tenant will need to have given you proper written notice if they want to move out. If it is you who has taken steps to terminate the tenancy, make sure you have given proper written notice. Please check “Ending a Lease” for information on this.
- Viewings: You need to give your current tenants proper notice to show the rental to prospective tenants unless it is clearly specified in the lease that no notice is required during the last month of tenancy. See “Entry by Landlord” for more information.
- Move Out Time: The tenant must be out of the rental by midnight on the last day of your lease.
- Moving Out: Your tenants will need to clean the rental and all the provided items, like stoves and fridges, to get their full security deposit back. They'll also need to repair any damages that may have occurred, other than normal wear and tear. Tenants must take all their belongings with them when they leave. More details on belongings left behind.
- Final Inspection: On Move Out Day, you and your tenant should do a final inspection of the rental. Check to see that everything is reasonably clean. Use the Accommodation Inspection Report that you both signed on Move In Day, and photos if you took them, to determine if anything has been damaged. Make notes of any damage, and then both sign the report. Be sure the tenant returns all the keys.
- Security Deposit: If you feel that there has been damage to the rental, it is not reasonably clean, or if there is any outstanding unpaid rent, utilities or late fees, then you can make a claim against the security deposit. Simply submit a Security Deposit Claim Form to the Residential Tenancies Tribunal within seven days of the end of the tenancy. For additional information see the Security Deposit section.