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Our tenant has a 1 year lease ending May 15, 2017. We do not

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Our tenant has a 1 year lease ending May 15, 2017. We do not want to renew. Do we have to live in it for a time before selling it? If so for how long?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Canada Law
Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

Hello! My name is***** you for your question. I'm reviewing it now, and will post back again shortly.

Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry you are in a bit of a difficult situation.

As you clearly know when the lease runs out the tenancy becomes a month to month tenancy. To end the tenancy you need grounds. One ground is that you need the house for yourself or your family.

But another ground is that the new owner of the house needs the house for their family.

So you can go ahead and sell the house when the lease is coming to an end and then the tenants can be evicted so long as the new owners need the home for themselves.

There is no time limit in terms of your living there. It is all about what is honest and bona fide.

So if you move in and a short time later move out and they decide to take you to the landlord tenant board then you would have to show that you had planned on living there and something happened.

It is by far better not to take a chance and do this correctly by selling and then evicting for the new owner.

Does that answer your question?

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Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

Is there anything more I can help you with at this point in time?