Ontario Notice to Terminate for Rent Default (Form N4)
Use the Ontario Notice to Terminate for Rent Default - Form N4 if you want to end the tenancy because the tenant is behind on the rent.
Document Last Modified: 10/5/2018
Using An Ontario Notice To Terminate For Rent Default Form N4
This form can only be used when a landlord wishes to terminate the tenancy agreement with a tenant that has not paid their rent. This can mean that they have not paid it at all, have not paid when it was due or have not paid the full amount.
This notice can only be served by the landlord for nonpayment of rent. Other lease violations like being involved in illegal activity, having too many residents at the property and not maintaining health and safety standards are all other valid lease violations that would require a different specific form.
Rules On Serving The Notice
- A landlord can use the following methods of delivering the notice to the tenant:
- The landlord or a representative can personally hand it to the tenant or another adult resident,
- The notice can be placed in the tenant’s mailbox,
- It can be slid under the door of the rental property,
- It can be faxed to the tenant,
- Or it can be sent via courier service.
Landlords should keep in mind that if they use a courier service that 5 days will be added to the compliance period to allow for the notice to reach the tenant.
Note: The landlord may NOT post this notice to the door of the leased property.
When Can A Landlord Use This Form?
A landlord can use this form as soon as a tenant has not paid their rent. The landlord does not have to wait for multiple offenses or give the tenant a chance to make the payment late. The landlord can proceed with intent to terminate tenancy as soon as the rent payment is missed.
Time Allowed For The Form
The landlord can serve this notice but they must wait 7 days before they can proceed with an eviction or getting other parties involved in the dispute. It is required that the landlord wait this 7 day period to give the tenant the chance to comply with the notice.
If a landlord does not wait this 7 day compliance period then when they attempt to proceed with an eviction, there will be problems and the process may be delayed even further.
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