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I am sorry to hear this.
Are you sharing a kitchen or bathroom with him?What province is this please?
He is not correct.
And you are his landlord.
So he is liable to you even though you are liable to your landlord.
And you can most assuredly sue him in Small Claims Court for what he owes you and self-represent.As your next step you should send him a letter by Registered Mail demanding the rent payments by a deadline that you set and tell him that if he fails to comply you will commence legal proceedings and will then be seeking interest and your costs.
If you end up having to sue him then you can post on this site again if you find you need some help and I can assist you further.
You can personally deliver the letter. It is not necessary to use Registered Mail but that tends on scaring the recipient as it appears more official.
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