Stage 0 - Informal Notice

Landlords do not always apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board. Some give only a verbal notice or a letter claiming that you need to move out. This does not mean that you have to
move out at this stage.

Other landlords may reach out by letter, phone or in-person to inform you about problems that could lead to an eviction to try and resolve the issue – this is not a formal eviction notice.

If a tenant has received an informal letter asking them to move out or received a Notice to End Tenancy form from their landlord, this is not an eviction and it does not mean they will have to move out. The landlord cannot change a tenants’ locks or tell them to leave. Tenants can fight the eviction if they think their landlord does not have a valid reason for issuing the
eviction notice.

What it is: Informal notice – anything other than a formal notice from The Landlord and Tenant Board, such as an email, letter, a verbal notice from your landlord.

Upon news of an impending eviction, you do not need to move out. There are many steps you can take to help keep staying housed at this point.


DO find out what tenants rights are online, seek legal advice from a legal clinic. Tenants can also talk to tenants in the same building to

A tenant DOES NOT have to move out.



  • Document the communications
  • Contact a legal clinic (see page 25)
  • Check if the notice is illegitimate and informal (see Checklist in resources
  • Find out what your rights are
  • Seek legal advice
  • Talk to tenants in the same building to organize
  • Contact Ontario’s Rental Housing Enforcement Unit

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