1. Can a landlord not renew a lease because they are not keeping their unit clean?

    1. Yes, a landlord has the right to refuse to renew a lease if the tenant is not maintaining cleanliness in the unit.

  2. Cynthia B says:

    May I ask you a question?
    My landlord is selling but gas no buyer yet, do I have to sign a letter if non- renewal?
    I worry I will not find an apartment before my lease ends.
    Thank you

  3. Hello Cynthia,

    In your situation, where your landlord is selling the property but has not yet found a buyer, the process and your rights can vary based on specific circumstances and the terms of your lease. Generally speaking:

    Notice of Non-Renewal: Even if your landlord is planning to sell the property, they are still required to give you proper notice if they do not intend to renew your lease. In Quebec, this notice should be given at least six months before the end of your lease term.

    Requirement to Sign a Non-Renewal Letter: Typically, you are not required to sign a letter of non-renewal. The landlord’s notice is usually sufficient to indicate the end of the lease. However, it’s always a good idea to read any document thoroughly before signing and to seek legal advice if you’re unsure.

    Finding a New Apartment: If you are concerned about finding a new apartment before your lease ends, it’s advisable to start searching as soon as possible. If your landlord has given you proper notice, you would be expected to vacate the property by the end of the lease term, unless you can negotiate a different arrangement.

    Negotiating with the Landlord: If you need more time to find a new place, you might try negotiating with your landlord for a short-term extension. However, this is at the landlord’s discretion and they are not obligated to agree.

    Legal Advice: Given the complexities of landlord-tenant laws and the variations in individual lease agreements, it might be beneficial to consult with a legal expert or a tenant advocacy group for guidance specific to your situation.

    Remember, it’s important to understand your rights and options, and to act proactively to secure your housing situation.

    Best of luck.

    1. Cynthia B says:

      Thank you for responding.
      He has taken the property off the market yesterday. I decided it is not worth the trouble and I will look for another dwelling.
      I know he wants me to vacate so he can increase the rent more than 10 percent he raised me while I was living here.
      I hope he finds another tenant that will
      give him 12 post – dated checks for 6 years, keep the apt beautifully maintained and clean as I have.

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