OFFERING LEGAL SERVICES TO LANDLORDS & TENANTS

When it comes to the Quebec Rental Board (formerly known as the Régie du logement), we represent both landlords and tenants by offering pragmatic solutions with a focus on efficient and effective file resolution. Specifically, we offer limited-scope mandates, meaning that we do not go to court to represent our clients, but rather, empower them with the tools and information they need to resolve their legal disputes in a cost-effective manner. 

We do this by providing coaching services where we do legal research on the client’s behalf, answer questions, prepare them for their hearing, and provide them with a “cheat sheet” that outlines the arguments required to achieve their desired outcome. We focus on avoiding costly litigation and mitigating risk wherever possible.

We ultimately approach all of our rental board cases with a results-oriented approach: if you can avoid trial, you should.

SERVICES WE OFFER TO LANDLORDS & TENANTS

Depending on the nature of the file, we offer different services. Our goal is always to avoid litigation when possible, and to empower our clients by providing them with the knowledge that they need to resolve the file in the way that best achieves their objectives. In order to do this, we offer clients the following different services:

LEGAL CONSULTATIONS

We offer in-person or video legal consultations to answer specific questions and provide advice on how to navigate the legal problems that you’re facing. We also use this opportunity to anticipate potential problems that you may face and provide legal advice to help you circumvent these issues. 

COACHING SERVICES

We also offer coaching services where we provide you with specific guidance on how to best present your arguments and win your case. We offer different coaching services, depending on the amount of guidance that you need. 

The first option entails a 45-minute preparatory call where information is gathered, and key issues are identified. This is followed by a more in-depth meeting. At this second meeting, we will answer your questions and provide guidance on how to best present your ideas before the tribunal (legal research may also be done to provide clients with a tailor-made “cheat sheet” that provides the outline of your case). 

The second option is more expansive, entailing assistance with the preparation of the Quebec Rental Board Application and the filing of documents. In this sense, a more active role is being played on the procedural end so that you can focus your energy on the case itself rather than administrative headaches. 

NEGOTIATING OUT OF COURT SETTLEMENTS 

Depending on the nature of the problem, we can undertake negotiations with the opposing party with the goal of arriving at an out of court settlement agreement. Prior to doing this, we will, of course, have a discussion regarding whether the desired objective is reasonable. Upon securing a deal, we will take the time to draft the settlement agreement as well. 

We ultimately approach all of our rental board cases with a results-oriented approach: if you can avoid trial, you should. To see if our services are right for you, send us an inquiry and we’ll provide you with additional information.

IS LEGAL REPRESENTATION IS RIGHT FOR YOU

The Quebec Rental Board is, by and large, a tribunal for litigants to represent themselves. It’s for this reason that it will usually only be worthwhile to retain the services of a lawyer for certain types of mandates. The types of cases for which we can provide value for landlords and tenants include:  

  • Repossession of a dwelling (1957 CCQ)
  • Eviction for the purposes of enlarging or subdividing a dwelling 1959 CCQ
  • Transfer and assignment of lease 
  • Bad faith repossession (1968 CCQ)
  • Frequent late payments of rent 
  • Abandonment of a dwelling because it is unfit for habitation

To determine if our services are right for you, send us an inquiry with a brief description of your problem and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Understanding the Quebec Rental Board

What is the Quebec Rental Board?

The Quebec Rental Board (Tribunal administratif du logement—formerly known as the Régie du Logement) is an administrative tribunal that has exclusive jurisdiction over matters involving residential leases and deals with all landlord-tenant disputes.

Can I repossess my dwelling?

Yes. Article 1957 of the Quebec Civil Code entitles a landlord to repossess a dwelling that they’ve leased provided that it is for their own personal use (or the personal use of an immediate family member) and that they have satisfied the timing requirements of the presentation of the notice of repossession. 

Can I transfer my lease?

Yes. Article 1870 of the Quebec Civil Code entitles a tenant to transfer their lease to another person provided that they give the landlord notice of their intention, as well as the name and address of the potential assignee, and they obtain the landlord’s consent to the assignment.

Know Your Rights

The law surrounding housing and tenancy is quite accessible in Quebec. The answers to the questions you have may very well be in reach. To that end, we recommend that you acquaint yourself with the legal landscape by visiting this website: Housing and Property | Éducaloi (educaloi.qc.ca).

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