Tribunal administratif du logement
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The Tribunal administratif du logement is a specialized tribunal that has competence in residential lease matters. Its mission consists in deciding the applications that have been submitted within the framework of simple rules of procedure that respect natural justice; in informing the citizens on their rights and obligations related to the lease so as to avoid that conflicts occur due to the ignorance of the law; in promoting conciliation between lessors and lessees.
The Tribunal also keeps a watch, in certain circumstances, on the conservation of the housing stock.
* Since February 21, 2024, the Tribunal may hear in first instance any application respecting an order or an authorization contemplated in articles 1863, 1867, 1917 and 1918 of the Civil Code of Québec where the value involved exceeds $100,000.
However, the jurisdiction of the Tribunal does not cover the lease of a dwelling leased as a vacation resort nor the lease of a dwelling in which over one-third of the total floor area is used for purposes other than residential.
In addition to its first instance jurisdiction, the Tribunal administratif du logement may review a decision in the following cases, provided an application for review is filed within one month of the date of the decision:
In addition, if the decision of the special clerk authorizes the deposit of the rent for nonperformance of the lessor's obligations or for a serious reason, such a decision may be reviewed by an administrative judge, at the lessee’s request, if the lessee applies for a review within 10 days of the date of the decision.
Other decisions rendered by the Tribunal may be appealed, with the authorization of a judge of the Court of Québec, except in the following cases: