THE TERM AND START DATE OF A LEASE MAY VARY



    MONTREAL, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Since this is the time of year when many
people sign a lease, the Régie du logement wishes to clarify the rules for the
signing of leases in Québec.
    No legislation forces tenants and landlords to sign 12-month leases, or
to choose July 1 as the date of the start of the lease. Although that custom
has been adopted by many people, nothing prohibits a lease from being signed
at any other time of the year and for a different term, provided the two
parties agree on the conditions and end of the contract.
    Therefore, a lease can have a term other than 12 months. It can even have
an indeterminate term. Furthermore, leases can begin at any time during the
year. The rent can also be due at a different interval; it can be payable
every week, for example.
    However, it is important to note that the notification deadlines differ
according to the term of the lease, particularly in the case of repossession
of a dwelling, a change in the conditions of the lease, or when the tenant
wants to avoid renewal of the lease. Tables indicating the notification
deadlines are given on the Website of the Régie, at http://www.rdl.gouv.qc.ca,
and on the back of each copy of a lease.
    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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