SIGNING THE LEASE: PAYMENT OF RENT



    MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Since this is the time of year when many
people sign a lease, the Régie du logement wishes to remind you of certain
rules concerning the payment of rent, which is the tenant's main obligation.
    When the lease is signed, the landlord may require the tenant to make the
first rent payment and even make that a condition for signing the lease.
However, the landlord cannot require more than that, for example, a deposit
for the keys to the dwelling or as a safeguard against damage the tenant may
cause.
    For all the other months, the rent is payable in full on the date agreed
upon in the lease or, if there is no such stipulation in the lease, the first
day of each month. Rent not paid on the day agreed upon is considered late.
The Régie du logement wishes to specify that, if the rent is paid more than
three weeks late, the landlord can apply to the Régie to terminate the lease.
An application for termination can also be submitted if the tenant often pays
the rent late and if the landlord suffers serious prejudice because of that.
    The rent can be paid in cash, by postal money order or by certified
cheque. If the landlord agrees, the rent can also be paid by regular cheque.
The landlord cannot require the tenant to provide a series of postdated
cheques. However, that method of payment can be agreed upon between the
parties.
    Unless the parties agree otherwise, the landlord collects the rent at the
tenant's dwelling. In exchange for each payment, the tenant has the right to
require a receipt or an acknowledgment of receipt from the landlord.

    For any additional information, consult the Régie du logement's Website,
at www.rdl.gouv.qc.ca. You can also call the Régie du logement:

    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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