1974.1. A lessee may resiliate the current lease if, because of the violent behaviour of a spouse or former spouse or because of a sexual aggression, even by a third person, the safety of the lessee or of a child living with the lessee is threatened.
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 notice must be sent with an attestation from a public servant or public officer designated by the Minister of Justice, who, on examining the lessee’s affidavit that there exists a situation involving violence or sexual aggression, and other factual elements or documents supporting the lessee’s statement provided by persons in contact with the victims, considers that the resiliation of the lease is a measure that will ensure the safety of the lessee or of a child living with the lessee. The public servant or public officer must act promptly.
If part of the rent covers the cost of services of a personal nature provided to the lessee or to a child of the lessee who lives with the lessee, the lessee is only required to pay that part of the rent that relates to the services which were provided before he or she vacated the dwelling. The same applies to the cost of such services if they are provided by the lessor under a contract separate from the lease.
2005, c. 49, s. 1; 2011, c. 29, s. 7; I.N. 2015-11-01; I.N. 2016-01-01 (NCCP).