Obligations of a tenant

A tenant is bound to respect certain obligations prescribed by law and is liable to certain consequences and legal sanctions if he/she fails to abide by them. Such obligation includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Paying the agreed rent on the agreed date;
  2. Using the property with prudence and diligence;
  3. Maintaining the leased property in a clean and habitable condition throughout the term of the lease;
  4. Respecting laws pertaining to the safety and sanitation of the dwelling, such as municipal by-laws prohibiting the maintenance of a dwelling which fosters the proliferation and infestation of bugs and vermin;
  5. Mitigating and minimizing damages once they occur or manifest themselves;
  6. Allowing access to the landlord, upon a 24-hour notice, so he can ascertain the condition of the leased property, carry out repairs, or have it visit by a prospective tenant or buyer;
  7. Allowing access to the landlord so he can perform urgent or necessary repairs;
  8. Notifying the landlord through a letter of demand prior to initiating any legal proceedings, or undertaking major repairs;
  9. Acting in a way which does not disturb the normal enjoyment of other tenant’s leased property;
  10. Undertaking minor repairs, unless they result from the age of the property or superior force;
  11. Informing the landlord of any serious defect or deterioration of the leased property within a reasonable time; and
  12. Leaving the dwelling in the condition in which he received it, broom clean condition except for normal wear and tear.

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The above noted text should not be construed as providing legal advice or a statement of your claim. The process highlighted above are merely parameters and barometers and do not constitute any warranties and guaranties with regards to your file at hand. We strongly recommend that you seek legal advice with a licensed attorney from the Barreau du Quebec or a notary at the Chambre des Notaires. Each case must be seen and analysed on its merits as the legal process may be complex and cumbersome.