The standard Ontario residential tenancy agreement states:

The tenant does not have to move out at the end of the term. See Parts C and D in general information.

However, Part C just states that:

If the landlord and tenant agree that the tenancy will last for a specific period of time, this is called a fixed term tenancy. This is because both the start and end date are set out in the tenancy agreement. The end of an agreement does not mean the tenant has to move out or sign a renewal or new agreement in order to stay. The rules of the agreement will still apply and the tenant still has the right to stay.

and Part D states that:

The landlord can only give the tenant notice to end the tenancy in certain situations. These situations are set out in the Act. A few examples include: • tenant does not pay the full rent when it is due, • tenant causes damage to the rental unit or building, and • tenant substantially interferes with the reasonable enjoyment of other tenants or the landlord. If the landlord gives a tenant notice to end the tenancy, the tenant does not have to move out.

So what happens if the rental term is over and the tenant refuses to move out?

For example, if the rental term was from Jan 1, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019 and then the tenant refused to move out on Jan 1, 2020. Would the tenancy continue under the same terms as the previous lease?

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