Residential Tenancies: guide to ending a tenancy (lease) for tenants and landlords

Process tenants and landlords must follow to end a tenancy (lease) properly.

This guide outlines the ways tenants and landlords can end a tenancy (lease), and the process they need to follow depending on which way they end the tenancy.

Information includes:

  • how tenants can end a tenancy (at the end of a lease period, early, after receiving Form DR2, after receiving notice to increase rent before their tenancy anniversary date or by assigning or subletting the premises)
  • when the tenant needs to give notice to the landlord
  • which forms the tenants need to use
  • how landlords can end a tenancy (rental arrears, breach of statutory conditions, new owner occupying the premises or additional circumstances)
  • when the landlord needs to give notice to the tenant
  • which forms the landlords need to use
  • security deposits
  • abandoned property
  • what to do if there’s a dispute

  • Guide

Author: Residential Tenancies
Department: Service Nova Scotia