RENT INCREASES: REMINDER OF THE RULES FOR ONE-YEAR LEASES ENDING ON JUNE 30, 2009



    MONTREAL, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ The Régie du logement wishes to remind the
public of the rules applicable to residential rent increases. The rules are
the same when a landlord wishes to modify other conditions of a lease.
    Generally speaking, leases for dwellings are renewed automatically at
term for the same period of time and at the same rent, unless landlords advise
tenants in writing that they want to increase the rent. For one-year leases
ending on June 30, 2009, the notice can be given between January 1 and March
31, 2009. That period differs in the case of a room or a lease for another
term.

    
    Upon receipt of the landlord's notice, the tenant must choose one of three
options:

    - Accept the increase, in which case no reply is required, the lease is
      renewed and the tenant pays the new rent as of July 1, 2009.
    - Refuse the increase, in which case 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, in which case, the tenant vacates the dwelling
      upon termination of the lease.
    

    In the last two cases, a tenant must notify the landlord of his or her
decision in a written reply within the month following receipt of the notice,
failing which the lease is renewed automatically and the tenant must pay the
new rent as of July 1, 2009.
    If a tenant refuses the increase, the landlord can, within the month
following receipt of the refusal, submit an application to the Régie du
logement for fixing of the rent.
    If a landlord does not submit an application to the Régie, the lease is
renewed at the same rent and conditions.

    
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           Steps in modifying a lease and time limits for notices
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                     Step 1:          Step 2:            Step 3:
                     Notice from      Reply              Application
                     landlord         from tenant        to Régie du logement
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    Lease of 12      3 to 6 months    Within 1 month     Within 1 month
    months or        before the       following          following receipt
    more             termination      receipt            of the tenant's
                     of the lease     of the notice of   refusal.
    --------------------------------  modification. If   Otherwise, the
    Lease of         1 to 2 months    the tenant does    lease is renewed
    less than        before the       not reply, he or   at the same
    12 months        termination of   she is deemed      conditions.
                     the lease        to have agreed to
    --------------------------------  the modifications.
    Lease of         1 to 2 months
    an               before the
    indeterminate    proposed
    term             modification
    --------------------------------
    Lease for a      10 to 20 days
    room             before the
                     termination
                     of the lease
                     or the
                     proposed
                     modification
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    New building or a 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 less than five years old or a building converted for
residential rental purposes less than five years ago. In the event of a
refusal, the tenant must vacate the dwelling at the end of the lease. However,
that restriction applies only if it is stipulated in the lease.

    Models of notices and replies are available on the Régie du logement
Website, at www.rdl.gouv.qc.ca.

    The Régie can also be reached by phone:

    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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