Of course, the landlords have the right to choose their tenants. However, they do not have the right to base their choice on discriminatory criteria.
- Régie du Logement
- It has jurisdiction over all matters relating to a residential lease
- Here we are only looking for apartment, so there is no lease. Therefore, the Régie has no jurisdiction.
- However, as soon as there is a formal offer made, the Régie is competent even if the offer has not been accepted
- Direct discrimination
- The landlords cannot refuse to rent to a person because of his particular ethnic origin, gender, social status or age.
- Discrimination can lead to a compensation
- Judicial actions are filed with the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ). Although they do not provide housing, a winning cause can lead to punitive damages.
- It is the CDPDJ that take over the case.
Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse
- Rental Application forms and personal information
- The Commission d’accès à l’information (CAI) legally regulates the information that landlords may ask.
- The CAI ruled that the landlords could not require the following information:
- Social Insurance Number
- Driving license
- Health Insurance Card
- Permission to credit inquiry
- Here are what landlords may ask:
- The name, surname and address of the person interested in renting.
- Information that will help verify the behavior of future tenants
- Information that will help establish the payment habits of the person who wishes to rent (Hydro-Québec bills or telephone service, rent receipts, etc.)
- Actions with the CAI do not provide housing. The CAI only give a notice.
- With CAI, there is no financial compensation to tenants if they win their case
Commission d’accès à l’information
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