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



    MONTREAL, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Régie du logement wishes to remind
the public of the rules applicable to rent increases for rental housing. The
rules are the same when the landlord wishes to modify other conditions of the
lease.
    Generally, when it ends, the lease for a dwelling is renewed
automatically for the same duration and at the same rent, unless the landlord
notifies the tenant in writing that the landlord wishes to increase the rent.
For one-year leases ending on June 30, 2008, the notice may be given between
January 1 and March 31, 2008. The period differs in the case of a rented room
or if the lease is for a different duration.
    Upon receipt of the landlord's notice, the tenant can make one of three
decisions:

    
    - Accept the increase: no reply is necessary, the lease is renewed and
      the tenant pays the new rent as of July 1, 2008.
    - Refuse the increase: the lease is renewed for another year and the
      tenant is not obliged to vacate the dwelling, but the new rent remains
      to be determined.
    - Not renew the lease: the tenant vacates the dwelling at the end of the
      lease.

    In the last two cases, the tenant must notify the landlord of his or her
decision in a written reply in the month following receipt of the notice. If
the tenant fails to do so, the lease is renewed automatically and the tenant
must pay the new rent as of July 1, 2008.
    If the tenant refuses the increase, the landlord can, in the month
following receipt of the refusal, file with the Régie du logement an
application for fixing of the rent.
    If the landlord fails to file such an application with the Régie, the
lease is renewed at the same rent and conditions.

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    Stages in modifying a lease and notification periods
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                    1st stage:           2nd stage:           3rd stage:
                    Landlord's           Tenant's             Application
                    notice               reply                to the Régie
                                                              du logement
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    Lease of 12     3 to 6 months        In the month         In the month
    months          before the end       following            following
    or more         of the lease         receipt              receipt of the
    -----------------------------------  of the notice        tenant's
    Lease of        1 to 2 months        of modification.     refusal. If no
    less than       before the           If the tenant does   application is
    12 months       end of the           not reply, he or     filed, the
                    lease                she is deemed to     lease is
    -----------------------------------  have accepted the    renewed at
    Lease of        1 to 2 months        modification.        the same
    indeter-        before the                                conditions.
    minate          modification
    duration        sought
    -----------------------------------
    Lease for       10 to 20 days
    a room          before the end
                    of the lease
                    or before the
                    modification
                    sought
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    New building or building recently converted for residential purposes

    It is important to note that a tenant cannot refuse a rent increase for a
dwelling in a building that is less than five years old or was converted for
residential rental purposes less than five years before. In the event of a
refusal, the tenant must vacate the dwelling at the end of the lease. However,
for that restriction to apply, the lease for the dwelling must mention it.

    Model notices and replies are available on the Internet site of the Régie
du logement at www.rdl.gouv.qc.ca.
    Or phone the Régie:

    Montréal, Laval and Longueuil region
    (514) 873-2245 (BAIL)

    Other regions
    1 800 683-2245 (BAIL)
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For further information:

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

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