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Decision on cannabis from the Supreme Court of Canada – Its Impact on the rental housing owner

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Decision on cannabis from the Supreme Court of Canada – Its Impact on the rental housing owner

On March 10, 2022, the Supreme Court of Canada decided to hear the appeal in Janick Murray-Hall v. Attorney General of Québec(1), concerning a decision on the possibility of growing cannabis at home and the legality of the Cannabis Regulation Act(2).

By agreeing to hear this case, the country’s highest court could rule that the current provisions prohibiting the cultivation of cannabis at home must be struck down.

If this is the case, it would mean that tenants could grow cannabis at home.

Rent-setting for 2022

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Rent-setting for 2022

+1.28% according to the Administrative Housing Tribunal (TAL) for an unheated rental dwelling with an inflation rate at 3.4%.
For the year 2022, the Administrative Housing Tribunal (TAL) has issued a press release reporting the estimated average increases for the different types of housing.

Signing the lease is an important step

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Signing the lease is an important step

The importance of signing the lease should not be neglected. Too often mistakes are made during the drafting of the lease which poses significant problems for the future.

Today we are going to talk about three of these issues that we regularly have the opportunity to see in our interactions with rental property owners.

Unpaid rents

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Unpaid rents

Jonathan Tremblay’s article in the Journal de Montréal clearly demonstrates the dangers that our current rental system represents for rental property owners.

In its investigation, the Journal de Montréal was able to highlight this particular tenant who accumulated months of unpaid rent, from one landlord to another.

The article discusses what rental housing owners can go through in Québec. The winning combination for fraudsters lies in a mixture of delays, restrictions on applying for a security deposit, the impossibility of seizing most government benefits such as social assistance and the complexity of recovering the sums of money that are due to the owners because of significant costs for the bailiff and the Court stamp.

Renting without a lease

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Renting without a lease

Many landlords feel that they have an advantage in handing over the keys to the dwelling and verbally agreeing on the amount of the rent without giving a written lease to the tenant.

Regularly the owners tell me that they proceeded in this way because they did not trust the tenant. By doing so, the owner mistakenly believes that he is protected. Many landlords believe that by not giving a lease they can simply decide to end the tenancy by telling tenants that they must leave the dwelling.