Tribunal administratif du logement
Friday, 23 September, 2022
Montreal, September 22, 2022 – Each year, the arrival of fall ushers in the cold season and brings with it a number of questions for lessees and lessors alike. In Québec, adequate heating of a dwelling is crucial to maintaining its habitability.
Therefore, at this time of the year, the Tribunal administratif du logement reminds the public of certain rules governing the heating of a dwelling:
What to do in the event of a problem
If the temperature in the dwelling is inadequate, the lessee must inform the lessor, who is required to act promptly to correct the situation (ex.: repair the heating system). If the situation cannot be corrected rapidly, the lessor must provide the lessee with a space heater (ex.: electric radiators).
Similarly, a lessor who considers that a dwelling is not being heated adequately may ask the Tribunal administratif du logement to obligate the lessee to maintain a sufficient ambient temperature so as to ensure that no damage is caused to the leased property.
If the problem continues and the lessor or the lessee intends to initiate a proceeding before the Tribunal administratif du logement, it may be useful to note the indoor and outdoor temperatures at specific hours for a few days. The indoor temperature is usually measured in the centre of each room, one metre from the floor. A reliable witness may also be useful in providing evidence.
For more information, see the section Heating Problems.
The Tribunal administratif du logement can also be reached by telephone at the following numbers:
Montréal, Laval and Longueuil
514 873-BAIL (2245)
1 800 683-BAIL (2245)