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Interpretation of section 1959.1 on the renter’s income

Interpretation of section 1959.1 on the renter’s income

Contradictory jurisprudential trend to be followed at the Administrative Housing Tribunal.

Since the coming into force of section 1959.1 of the Civil Code of Québec in 2017, which restricts by 3 cumulative conditions, the repossession of a housing, some decisions have been rendered by the Administrative Housing Tribunal, particularly as to the maximum income to be considered.

First, the 3 conditions of this section are cumulative, so if one of them is not respected by the tenant, the exception no longer applies which allows the owner to repossess the housing.

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Me Jean-Olivier Reed, avocat

Me Jean-Olivier Reed graduated from Collège l'Assomption in legal technology in 1997 and then from the University of Montreal in law in 2001. Member of the bar since 2004, he was a lawyer and building manager from 2004 to 2006.

Lawyer with Messier Soucy lawyers since 2006. He works in real estate law and more particularly in rental law and co-ownership law.

He has written several articles in the newspaper "Le Propriétaire" on various topics dealing with rental law.
He lectures to members of the Quebec Landlords Association on current topics in rental law.

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