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  • Writer's pictureMartin B DeBellefeuille

Tenant Eviction and Its Grounds

Did you know that a landlord can evict their tenants for several reasons

Another exception to the principle of maintaining occupancy is the eviction of the rental unit. Indeed, a landlord can evict one or more tenants from their building in order to subdivide the unit, substantially enlarge it, or change its designated use.


To do so, the landlord must first notify the tenant of their intention with a written notice sent at least 6 months before the end of the lease.


When a tenant receives such notice, they can agree to vacate the unit at the end of the lease or contest the eviction notice. If the tenant opposes the eviction, the landlord can then apply to the Rental Board to authorize the eviction of the tenant. The landlord must demonstrate what they intend to do with the unit and prove that it is permitted by law.


A landlord who evicts a tenant must provide them with compensation equivalent to 3 months' rent and reasonable moving expenses. The compensation is payable at the end of the lease when the tenant vacates the unit, and the moving expenses are payable upon presentation of invoices.


The tenant has several remedies against their landlord. Firstly, the tenant could ask the Rental Board to postpone the eviction of the unit to a later date.


Finally, if the tenant believes that the harm they suffer exceeds the 3 months' rent compensation, they can apply to the Rental Board for higher damages.


Just like with reclaiming the unit, there are certain exceptions to the right to eviction, especially when the tenant is over 70 years old or has lived in the building for at least 10 years.

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