If your landlord agrees, it`s a good idea to write the agreement in writing. You should both sign a lease termination agreement (Form N11). You can get an empty form from the card. Hello Michael, thank you for all your informative contributions. I have a question about a couple (single and not long enough to be considered common law) who now want to separate. My partner and I signed a lease together and, unfortunately, we choose to separate. We have been living together for about 6 months in a rental unit (the initial term is one year) and both of our names are on the lease. She would like to move, and I want to stay alone in the unit. I am ready to take on all the financial responsibility. My question is: If I tell the owner that my partner is moving, could the owner kick me out based on the fact that we were initially approved for the unit based on our combined income and two credit scores? Thank you! By Freedom Malhotra Most landlords get their tenants to sign a minimum rental agreement for one year.
This is normally done to give them some security, knowing that their rental properties are occupied for at least 12 months. But what most landlords don`t recognize is that one-year leases don`t have much weight. In Ontario, tenants can break their leases relatively easily. Although a lease is considered a binding contract and a tenant is required to stay for the agreed duration, landlords can do very little to prevent tenants from approaching them. Owners are stunned about this, because at face value it seems that the law is on the owner`s side. Technically, breaking the lease is not something a tenant can do arbitrarily. There are only three circumstances in which breach of the lease is tolerated by the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board: since losses likely occur if a tenant breaks the lease, you should do everything in your power to mitigate this, in accordance with the Residences Act. If you remain a monthly, weekly or daily tenant, all other terms of the old rental agreement will continue to apply. In the case of a non-fixed-term lease, the contract continues until: the standard rental rules apply to most rented rooms, apartments, condos and houses, but not to: it is preferable to use form N11. Remember that a lease that represents a fixed term implies that the tenant owes you rent until the unit is re-leased or the lease expires. . .