Residential Tenancies Tribunal
I am a Tenant - Moving in or Moving Out?
Moving in or Moving Out?
- Move In Time: You can expect to move in at a reasonable time on the morning your lease starts. This should be agreed on with the landlord in advance.
- Inspection: Before you start moving your things in, you should walk through the rental with your landlord 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.
Both you and the landlord should sign and date the document and you should both keep a copy. Taking photos can also be useful.
- Tenant's Insurance: The landlord's insurance does NOT cover the rental's contents. You are responsible for insuring your personal belongings. If you're a student, ask your parents if you are covered under their insurance plan. If not, it is worth looking into with an insurance agency. What would happen if the building burned down or your laptop or bike got stolen?
The Residential Tenancies Act doesn’t require that you have tenant’s insurance but the Residential Tenancies Tribunal encourages you to get it to protect yourself.
- Notice: Ensure you have given your landlord the proper written notice. Please check “Ending a Lease” for information on this.
- Assigning and Subletting: If you need to move out before your lease is up, read your lease as you may be able to assign the lease. Please refer to Lease Information “Assignment or Subletting”.
- Viewings: Accommodate your landlord for viewings of the apartment to prospective tenants. Your landlord must give you 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: You must be out of your rental no later than midnight on the last day of your lease.
- Preparing to Move Out: To get your full damage deposit back, you'll need to clean the rental and all the provided items, like stoves and fridges. You'll also need to repair any damages that may have occurred during your tenancy. Be sure to take all your belongings with you when you leave.
- Final Inspection: On Move Out Day, you and your landlord should do a final inspection of the rental. 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 to return all the keys to the landlord.
- Security Deposit: At the end of your tenancy, you need to fill in the Application for the Return of the Security Deposit. If no claims are made by the landlord within seven days of the end of the tenancy, the Residential Tenancies Tribunal will send you a cheque for the full amount. For additional information see the Security Deposit section.