HEATING A DWELLING



    MONTREAL, Oct. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Every year during the month of October
the Régie du logement like to remind tenants and owners of a few rules for
heating a dwelling.
    There is no set date on which you have to start heating. When a lease
specifies that heating costs are assumed by the owner, the dwelling must be
heated as soon as required by the weather.
    The Civil Code of Québec provides that the owner must maintain the
dwelling in good habitable condition and ensure that it can be used for the
purpose for which it was leased. Hence, the jurisprudence has established
that, during cold weather, the minimum temperature in the dwelling must be set
at about 21 degrees C (70 degrees F). The decisions rendered in this regard
are based on a heating provision in the city of Montréal by-law on cleanliness
and maintenance of dwellings (Règlement sur la salubrité et l'entretien des
logements).
    Tenants must show common sense in using their heating units and take care
not to overheat their dwelling. A room can be aired out for a few minutes, but
the windows must not remain open for hours at a time.
    If room temperature in the dwelling is uncomfortable, tenants should
notify the owner who must solve the problem quickly. If the situation
persists, tenants can note indoor and outdoor temperatures at set times over a
period of a few days. Room temperature should be measured in the centre of
each room, one metre above floor level. A reliable witness can also help
provide evidence, particularly in the event of a proceeding before the Régie
du logement.

    See the information leaflet entitled "Heating Problems" on the Régie du
logement's website, at www.rdl.gouv.qc.ca.
    The Régie can also be reached by phone:

    Montréal, Laval and Longueuil areas: (514) 873-2245
    Other areas: 1 800 683-2245
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For further information:

For further information: Jean-Pierre Le Blanc, (514) 873-6575

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