The plaintiff claims from the defendant party a compensation of $7000.00 due to the presence of cracks and an unevenness affecting the concrete floor slab of his condominium unit. He says he suffered damages of approximately $9482.23 in connection with this problem, but he reduced his claim to $7000.00 in order to comply with the monetary jurisdiction of the Small Claims Division at the time of the submission of the application. (This limit is now $15,000 since 1 January 2015).
We cannot stress enough the importance of checking the leases during the purchase of a new building.
“1937. The voluntary or forced alienation of an immovable comprising a dwelling or the extinction of the title of the lessor does not permit the new lessor to resiliate the lease, which is continued and may be renewed in the same manner as any other lease.
The new lessor has, towards the lessee, the rights and obligations resulting from the lease.”
We’ve been writing, in the article of the previous issue, about the activities of some tenants on sites like “Couchsurfing” and “AirBnB,” providing temporary accommodation services via Internet. This offer, made to transients, is often akin to services offered by an inn and can result in changing the destination of the dwelling. It was mentioned that these services, if they extend over more than a third of the housing which was built for residential purposes, change the destination of the housing and may give rise to the termination of the lease.
Dans un jugement récent de la Cour du Québec, Division des Petites Créances1, le Tribunal a jugé que le Syndicat n'a pas manqué à son devoir d'entretenir les parties communes de l'immeuble lorsque des rongeurs ont endommagé un sofa sur la terrasse de deux copropriétaires.
Les faits selon le Tribunal
Les copropriétaires sont copropriétaires d’une unité de copropriété située dans un immeuble dont l'une des parties communes est un atrium fermé qui enferme un jardin intérieur avec des plantes et des arbres tropicaux. La terrasse de leur unité, comme celle des autres copropriétaires, s'ouvre sur cet atrium.
The tenant requests termination of the lease. By amendment he claims a sum of $1,500 for overpayment, material damage of $12,618.47, moral damage of $12,000, and a decrease in rent of $3,500 for the period from 31 March 2012 to 12 January 2013, the date of his departure from the housing. On July 31, 2013, the landlord is claiming an amount of $6,784.25 in damages with interest.