As the fateful date for moving, July 1, approaches, the Association des Propriétaires du Québec (APQ) recommends that its members get involved in order to avoid unforeseen events related to this day.
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From now on, landlords should get involved in the planning with their tenants and, thus, avoid having the new tenant waiting outside the door, because the old one has not left the premises.
"Take the time to visit your current tenants, ask them how they will be moving, at what time, have they confirmed the time with the moving company, how their truck will be parked... So you can also check the status of housing and if work is to be expected", recommended the president of the APQ, Martin Messier.
The APQ also reminds that on D-Day, communication is the key to a good tenant transition.
No landlord will kick anyone out in the middle of the night, although the lease ends June 30 at midnight. "The tenant must still be aware that he must vacate the premises as quickly as possible, because he is no longer the tenant," said Mr. Messier.
Thus, calm is required to find solutions when there is a lack of collaboration from the former tenant.
It sometimes happens that objects are left in the accommodation by the former occupant. It is therefore the owner's duty to make an inventory, take photos and communicate with the latter before getting rid of these objects. In the absence of written authorization to dispose of them, the owner must store them for a period of 90 days.
“Like every year [l’APQ] is available to guide and advise you,” reminded the organization.
A few general tips for owners: