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A landlord gets caught in a tenant’s trap

A landlord gets caught in a tenant’s trap

There are situations that make you really sad. This one is about an overly nice landlord, who got caught in a difficult situation because of a combination of his kindness, the law and his tenant.

Last year, the landlord signed a lease starting on July 1, 2021 and ending on June 30, 2022. Shortly before the first of July, the landlord receives a call from his tenant informing him that he cannot move before July 4, 2021. He asked the landlord to change the lease so that it starts on July 4, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2022. The landlord agreed to change the dates on the lease. In March 2022, the landlord sends a notice of modification of the lease to his tenant informing him of the conditions of the renewal.

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About the author

Martin A. Messier

Me Martin A. Messier a fait ses études au Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf avant de continuer ses études en droit à l'Université de Montréal. Il est membre du Barreau du Québec depuis 1992, et œuvre auprès des propriétaires de logements locatifs depuis 1993.

Il est entre autres président de l'Association des propriétaires du Québec, propriétaire d'une compagnie de gestion immobilière. Il est fréquemment invité comme conférencier dans le cadre de conférences et de séminaires juridiques et de gestion portant sur le louage immobilier.

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