Québec’s National Assembly is in process of adopting a measure brought forward by Marguerite Blais, Minister responsible for Seniors, that would allow some tenants to break a rental lease early with no consequences.
This Bill, Number 22, amends certain provisions of existing law regarding leases by allowing a tenant to vacate without consequence prior to the expiration of the usual notice periods if the tenant is offered low-income housing, becomes disabled or is admitted to a care center, as in the case of an elderly person.
The provisions of the bill also apply to any tenant whose safety is at risk because of domestic violence.
The Québec Landlords Association (APQ) opposes the move because of the burden it places on landlords.
According to APQ, lawmakers who passed the bill failed to recognize that landlords also have obligations, and the Bill does nothing to assist landlords who must pay mortgages, property taxes, insurance and utility costs during the months where they may lose rent payments as a result of the new rules.
APQ questions why landlords alone should bear the costs of the difficulties encountered by victims of societal problems, which they say are more fairly shared as a collective responsibility.
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