Moving out and eviction
To prepare for moving out:
- Give enough notice. You need to give a month's notice, so it's a good idea to let your landlord know your plan to move out when you give your last month's rent.
- Tell your utility companies (heating, cable, phone) you're moving. They'll want your new address too.
- Clean the apartment and have all your stuff out by midnight of your last day as a tenant.
Getting your deposit back
To get your deposit back, your place has to be in the same condition it was when you moved in. This means:
- It's clean.
- There's no new damage.
- Your stuff is gone.
Get out your old property inspection report and do a walk-through of your place. If you see any damage that's not on the report, your landlord will too.
If you are on income assistance the damage deposit belongs to the Ministry, so when you no longer need it you have to give it back.
A landlord can give three types of eviction notices. The more serious the reason for the eviction, the shorter the time you'd have to move out. The shortest amount of time a landlord can give you to move out is 10 days.
If you get an eviction notice, but disagree with your landlord, you can dispute it online. You may also complete a paper application and submit it in person at any Service BC Office or the Residential Tenancy Branch Office in Burnaby, 400 – 5021 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4A5. (The online options is faster)
There is a fee to dispute but you can apply to have this fee waived here.
Click here to learn more about the different types of eviction notices and next steps.
If you get Income Assistance and can't pay your rent because of an emergency, you can apply for a Crisis Supplement