The term and start date of a lease may vary

MONTRÉAL, Feb 9, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Régie du logement would like to take advantage of this period, when many people sign a new lease, to clarify the rules for the signing of leases.

In Québec, there is no legislation that forces tenants and landlords to sign 12-month leases, or to choose July 1 as the date of the start of the lease. Although this practice 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 that suit them best.

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 modification 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, and on the back of each copy of a lease.

For any additional information, consult the Régie du logement's Website, at or call the Régie:

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

Other regions
1 800 683-2245 (BAIL)

The Régie du logement is the tribunal with exclusive jurisdiction over rental housing in Québec.


SOURCE Régie du logement

For further information: Régie du logement - Denis Miron - (514) 864-5914 ou (514) 873-6575,


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