In Ontario, if a tenant destroys property, the landlord has the right to send an N5 form. This form is also known as a Notice to End your Tenancy Because of Damage to the Rental Unit or Property. In this blog post, we will discuss the reasons why a landlord may send this form and what your options are as a tenant.
There are several reasons why a landlord may send an N5 form. The most common reason is if the tenant has caused damage to the rental unit or property. This could be anything from intentional damage (for example, punching holes in walls) to accidental damage (for example, spilling red wine on the carpet). Landlords may also send this form if the tenant has put the safety of other tenants or people at risk.
For example, if the tenant was smoking indoors and caused a fire that damaged the rental unit or property, the landlord would likely send an N5 form. Or if the tenant was dealing drugs out of the rental unit, the landlord could send an N5 form on the basis that the tenant’s illegal activities were putting other tenants at risk.
Options When You Receive an N5 Form
If you receive an N5 form from your landlord, it’s important to know that you have options. The first option is to move out by the date specified in the notice. If you choose this option, you will not have to go to court and you will not owe any money to the landlord.
The second option is to dispute the notice by going to court. You can only do this if you believe that there are grounds to dispute the notice. For example, if you believe that you did not damage the rental unit or property intentionally or if you believe that the repairs will cost less than what is stated in the notice, you can file a Dispute Note with the Landlord and Tenant Board.
The third option is to do nothing. If you do nothing, you will still have to go to court and argue your case in front of a judge. However, if you win your case, you will be able to stay in your rental unit.
If you are a tenant in Ontario and receive an N5 form from your landlord, it’s important to know that you have options. You can either move out by the date specified in the notice, dispute the notice by going to court, or do nothing and risk having to go to court anyway. Whichever option you choose, make sure you understand all of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant so that you can make the best decision for your situation.