New Notice Allows Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence to End Tenancy in 28 Days

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

Tenants who need to move because of domestic or sexual violence or abuse can now give their landlords just 28 days' notice.

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The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) has changed. Now tenants who are victims of sexual and domestic violence can end their tenancy in 28 days if they believe they or a child living with them may be harmed or injured if they don’t leave the unit. They can give this notice any time during their tenancy.
To give this notice, tenants must give their landlord two documents:

  • Tenant’s Notice to End my Tenancy Because of Fear of Sexual or Domestic Violence and Abuse (N15)
  • Tenant’s Statement About Sexual or Domestic Violence and Abuse


  • A copy of a court order (such as a restraining order or a peace bond).
  • A landlord who receives these documents from a tenant must keep the documents and the information in them confidential.

For more information, see section 47.1 of the Residential Tenancies Act or contact the Landlord Tenants' Board.