Resiliation of a Lease

Allocation of a Dwelling in Low-Rental Housing

A tenant may cancel a current lease if he is allocated a dwelling in low-rental housing or, if by reason of a decision of the court, he is relocated in an equivalent dwelling corresponding to his or her needs.

A dwelling in low-rental housing is:

  • a dwelling situated in low-rental housing owned or administered by the Société d'habitation du Québec;
  • a dwelling situated in low-rental housing owned or administered by a legal person whose operating expenses are met, in whole or in part, by means of a subsidy from the Société d'habitation du Québec;
  • a dwelling whose rent is fixed by a bylaw of the Société d'habitation du Québec;
  • a dwelling for which the Société d'habitation du Québec agrees to pay an amount toward the rent.

The notice must be sent with an acknowledgement from the authority concerned confirming the allocation of a dwelling to the tenant.

The resiliation takes effect two months after a notice is sent to the lessor, or one month after the notice is sent if the lease is for an indeterminate term or a term of less than 12 months.

However, the resiliation takes effect before the two-month or one-month period expires if the parties so agree or when the dwelling, having been vacated by the lessee, is re-leased by the lessor during that same period.

The tenant must pay the rent until the date of the cancellation of his lease.