Tenants and landlords may terminate a rental agreement for a variety of reasons, such as: the agreement was breached the tenant found another place to live the landlord wants to end the tenancy for a prescribed reason.
Ending a fixed term
A fixed term tenancy ends on the day specified in the rental agreement, unless both parties agree to an early termination. For example, if the fixed term is from January 1 to December 31, the tenancy automatically ends on December 31. Unless the tenant and landlord make other arrangements, the tenant has to move out by noon on December 31.
The landlord or tenant does not need to give notice to end a fixed term tenancy. It is courteous if the landlord or tenant provides a reminder before the end of the tenancy agreement.
Ending a periodic term
A landlord may end a periodic tenancy if:
- the landlord or a relative of the landlord wants to move in - ‘relative’ includes any relative by blood, marriage, adoption or adult interdependent relationship
- the landlord agrees to sell the rental premises, all conditions of the sales agreement have been satisfied or waived and the buyer or a relative of the buyer wants to move in
- the buyer must ask the landlord in writing to give the tenant a notice to end the tenancy
- the landlord intends to demolish the rental premises
- the rental premises are a detached or semi-detached dwelling or one condominium unit and the landlord agrees to sell the rental premises and all conditions of the sales agreement have been satisfied or waived
- in these cases, the buyer must ask the landlord in writing to give the tenant a notice to end the tenancy
- neither the buyer nor the buyer’s relatives have to occupy the rental premises
- the landlord is an educational institution, and the tenant was a student at the beginning of the tenancy but is no longer a student
- the landlord intends to use or rent the rental premises for a non-residential purpose
- If a landlord intends to do major renovations that require the rental premises to be vacant or the landlord intends to convert the premises to a condo unit, the landlord must give the tenant one year’s notice to terminate the periodic tenancy. Major renovations do not include painting, replacing floor coverings, or routine maintenance.
All the infomation published in this blog is from the Alberta Governments site https://www.alberta.ca/ending-rental-agreement.aspx