My upstairs tenants have dogs and they are not cleaning up after their dogs regularly. My tenant downstairs is bothered by the dogs and their mess in the backyard and around the outside of the house. What kind of notice should I give?

You can give the upstairs tenant an N5- Notice to Terminate a Tenancy Early. When you issue the N5, you have to be as detailed as possible when describing the issues and include dates and times when the incidents are occurring. The N5 is a 20-day notice but the tenants have the first 7 days to correct the problems, otherwise you can file an application with the Landlord and Tenant Board to go to a hearing and ask for the termination of the tenancy. If you have to go to the Board, it’s very important to bring witnesses to the hearing so you should speak with your other tenants and ask them if they would be willing to come to the hearing to testify to what is going on.

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