If no contract was signed and the verbal agreement was month-to-month (no specific end of tenancy) must 1 full month of notice be given to move out and get the damage deposit back?
In Ontario, you're normally required to give at least a 60-day notice to end the tenancy.
In many other jurisdictions, it's normally 25 to 30 days.
It appears that in British Columbia, a notice must be received at least one month before the effective date of the notice (and, weirdly enough, if the government site as per below is to be believed, it looks like you must still pay for one full month of rent after giving out a notice, e.g., you might effectively have to give out the notice as many as almost two months prior to moving out).
A quick search (for something like >>british columbia tenancy 30 days<<) reveals a government web-site on the matter:
For a month-to-month, or periodic tenancy agreement, a tenant must serve written notice to end the tenancy so that it’s received:
- At least one month before the effective date of the notice, and
- Before the day that rent is due
In order for the tenancy to end the following month, the landlord has to receive the notice before the date the rent is normally paid. For example, if rent is due on the first day of the month, a notice given on March 15 would not take effect until the last day of April and the tenant would have to pay rent for the month of April.
Ouch! Basically, it looks like you must still pay the landlord for one full month of rent after giving out the notice.
In most jurisdictions, yes, you must give 30 days notice; this is a statutory requirement incumbent on both parties. This (your rental type) is a tenancy-at-will. If you pay rent monthly (on 1st) then this is the period of time required for notice to vacate. In some jurisdictions 30 days is required no matter what intervals you may rent (say weekly), other jurisdictions if you pay rent weekly then a week's notice is all that's necessary. This is In the absence of a rental agreement setting forth another agreed to term.
It is not the same but there is some information on this type of tenancy.