Visiting an apartment
The Prime Minister Minister François Legault announced during his press meeting of March 24th that he advised against apartment visits in order to respect social distancing. This information was later confirmed by the minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrée Laforest and by the Régie du Logement.
Before this announcement, the minister Andrée Laforest announced on March 19th 2020 new precautions to be taken for apartment visits.
Ask the exterminator about the products used and the measures required. If you have to leave the apartment for a couple of hours, please follow the preventive hygiene measure (washing your hands, maintaining required distance, etc.)
Inquire as well about any additional measures taken by the exterminator in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It is unfortunately possible that the city or municipality won’t send any inspectors to visit apartments during the pandemic. However, if you have any major problems such as rat infestation, you can contact and inform the city or municipality.
Rental board : hearings, filing an application, questions, etc.
As announced by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrée Laforest, the Régie du Logement notifies its clients of the suspension of its hearings and therefore limits access to its offices until the end of the health emergency state.
Other than hearings ordered by the court for exceptional reasons, only hearings on matters that pose a risk to a person’s health or safety and those involving the issuance of an access order to the dwelling are maintained.
If you have a hearing scheduled, please verify the processing status of your case through the Online Services of its website, to find out if the hearing to which you were summoned is cancelled.
The Régie du Logement is temporarily interrupting its in-person information services. Consequently, all staff assigned to the in-person information service will be reassigned to the telephone services as well as to the processing of online requests and questions.
The Régie reiterates the possibility of filing an application online to the tribunal, of submitting documents related to an ongoing case or of learning the status of a case through the Online Services of its website. Should you require more information you can contact the Régie du lodgement.
Sub-tenants may find themselves in situations where the tenants have returned earlier from their trips, or tenants wish to return to live int their apartment earlier than expected.
The subletting agreement terminates not later than the date on which the lease of the dwelling terminates. However, the sublessee is not bound to vacate the premises before receiving 10 days’ notice to that effect.
If the subletting agreement doesn’t specify an end date, the tenant may repossess the dwelling which his or her name figures on the lease, with a 10 days’ notice, even if the sub-letting agreement indicates another date. (C.c.Q. art. 1940 al. 2, Code civil du Québec).
However, if the sub-tenant refuses to leave, a judgement from the rental board is required to make them leave. (The decision of the rental board to hold hearings on this topic has not been made clear yet, under the circumstances.)
Non-renewal of lease and moving
It is too early right now to evaluate how long this pandemic will last. Within this context, it is reasonable that the public decision makers will ensure that tenants in confinement will not be forced to relocate quickly with no new apartment in sight. Remain calm and respect the public health directives.