RENT INCREASES: A REMINDER OF THE RULES FOR ONE-YEAR LEASES ENDING ON JUNE 30, 2008



    MONTREAL, Jan. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Régie du logement would like to
remind everyone of the main legal provisions governing rent increases for
rental housing. The rules are the same when the owner wishes to change other
conditions of a lease.
    As a general rule, a lease for a dwelling is renewed upon expiry, for the
same term and at the same rent, unless the owner notifies the tenant in
writing of a rent increase. For one-year leases ending on June 30, 2008, a
notice of rent increase must be given out between January 1 and March 31,
2008. That time period varies in the case of a room or of a lease for a term
other than one year. A table on the last page of the lease indicates the time
periods for all types of leases.
    Upon receipt of the owner's notice, the tenant can make one of three
decisions:

    
    - Agree to the increase: no reply is necessary, the lease is renewed and
      the tenant pays the new amount of rent as of July 1, 2008.
    - Refuse the increase: the lease is renewed for another year and the
      tenant does not have to vacate the dwelling, but the new amount of rent
      is yet to be determined.
    - Forgo renewing the lease: the tenant vacates the dwelling when the
      lease is up.

    In the last two cases, the tenant is required to notify the owner in
writing of his decision within one month after receiving the notice. If the
tenant does not do so, the lease will be renewed automatically, and the tenant
will have to pay the new amount of rent as of July 1, 2008.
    The owner has one month after receiving the tenant's refusal of the
increase to file with the tribunal an application to fix the rent.
    If the owner does not file the application, the lease is renewed for
another year, with no rent increase.

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    Steps for modifying the lease and time limits for notices
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                    Step 1:           Step 2:             Step 3:
                    NOTICE FROM       REPLY FROM          APPLICATION TO
                    LANDLORD          TENANT              THE REGIE DU
                                                          LOGEMENT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    LEASE OF 12     3 to 6 months     Within one month    Within one month
    MONTHS OR       before the        following receipt   following receipt
    MORE            termination       of the notice of    of the tenant's
                    of the lease      modification.       refusal; otherwise,
    -------------------------------   If the tenant       the lease is
    LEASE OF LESS   1 to 2 months     does not reply,     renewed under the
    THAN            before the        he or she is        same conditions.
    12 MONTHS       termination of    considered to
                    the lease         have agreed
    -------------------------------   to the
    LEASE OF AN     1 to 2 months     modifications.
    INDETERMINATE   before the
    TERM            proposed
                    modification
    -------------------------------
    LEASE OF A      10 to 20 days
    ROOM            before the
                    termination of
                    the lease or
                    the proposed
                    modification
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    New building or a building recently converted to residential property

    It is important to note that the tenant cannot refuse the rent increase of
a dwelling situated in a building that is less than five years old or one that
has been converted to residential purposes within the last 5 years. In the
case of a refusal the tenant must leave the dwelling at the end of the lease.
However, in order for this restriction to apply, it must be mentioned in the
lease of such a dwelling.
    Examples of notice and reply are available on the Régie du logement's web
site 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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