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Hello!? I can't sleep at night.

Hello!? I can't sleep at night.

After moving in, your tenants get to know their new neighbors. In most cases all goes well.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Our services are in high demand during this period as many tenants note with regret that their new neighbor is not easy to deal with. Does your tenant call you to tell you that he can't sleep at night because his new neighbor receives many friends who make late at night?

You are sorry to hear this news because you're concerned for your tenant's well being, but at the same time you say this isn't my responsibility, I rent a dwelling, but I can't control what people do inside. However, you have an obligation to ensure the peaceable enjoyment of our tenants.What to do?

From the moment your tenant advises you of the situation you must ensure that the disturbance ceases. The steps begin with a call to the offender, sending a formal notice, through to the filing of an application to the Rental Board, and possibly obtaining a judgement evicting the offending tenant.These steps, although burdensome and time consuming, must be followed to enable you to re-establish your building as a good place to live. In several reported cases, an investigation of the tenant should have been more in depth. A search of the court records, and investigating the tenant's past behavior is often useful. It is not enough to complete the document authorizing you to do a check on your tenant, only to wait until a problem arises before you do so, as unfortunately many landlords have done this year. This is important for the landlord and the tenant who will be forces to live with the problem. Also, once you've signed the lease, it is too late to do the audit because you will already have contracted with the tenant. If you're in this situation, call us, we'll make sure to assist you to restore calm to your building as quickly as possible by guiding you through the process and ensuring that we maximize your chances of success, which is Part of our mission.

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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