Montreal Landlords Seek to Ban Marijuana With New Clause, But Can They?

Article by CTV Montreal

Montreal Landlords seek to ban marijuana with new clause, but can they?

Some Montreal landlords are banning the use of cannabis in their rental units.

As the likely legalization of marijuana looms, many are currently renewing leases with a new clause that forbids tenants from smoking up.

Rental property owners are asking tenants to sign new leases which would include a ban on smoking cannabis anywhere on the property.

Landlords say they’re concerned the legalization of marijuana will cause a problem akin to complaints from neighbours about noise or cigarette smoking.

If the smell is too strong, just like if noise is too loud, it can be considered a nuisance that affects the quality of life of the other tenants.

Landlord Christian Perron said tenants who are annoyed by marijuana smoke could see their rent reduced.

“He can go to the Regie du Logement to get a reduction of his rent, so we don’t want that,” said Perron.

Roughly 400 landlords in Montreal are trying to actively prevent this scenario if and when marijuana becomes legalized by the federal government, predicted to happen this spring.

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