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November 30, 2017

Tenant Dry Cleaner Wins at Court: Landlords Must Give Tenants Reasonable Period of Time to Comply with Regulatory Requirements in their Leases

In Jay-Pee Drycleaners Inc v 2321324 Ontario Inc the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed that when commercial landlords require tenant dry cleaners to comply with training requirements in the Ontario Dry Cleaners regulation as a condition of their lease, landlords must:

  • Give tenants a reasonable period of time to achieve compliance, and
  • Properly notify tenants when terminating leases on grounds of non-compliance.

This decision serves to remind tenant dry cleaners to know their rights and obligations under their commercial lease.  The consequences of not complying with dry cleaning regulations may include eviction, where provided for in a lease. 

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