Responding to a modification or rental increase

Ingredients

The landlord has just sent you a notice to modify part of your lease, what to do now? Don’t panic, the landlord cannot modify your lease during the period of your lease. If they would like to modify any part of your lease they must give you a written notice within a certain time frame. It is your legal right to refuse the proposed modifications but make sure you send in your written reply within a month following the receipt of the notice. If you don’t send a reply it is automatically assumed that you have agreed to the modifications.

Instructions:

  1. Make sure your landlord has sent the notice in the right time frame. If it isn’t within the right time frame the increase notice is not valid.

    Length of Lease Modification of lease Notice from Landlord
    1 year or more 3 to 6 months before the end date of lease
    Less than one year 1 to 2 months before the end date of lease
    No end date 2 months before the start of rental increase
    Lease of a room 10 to 20 days before the end date of lease
  2. Write a letter to your landlord with your reply :
    1. accepting the proposed modifications and renewing the lease
    2. refusing the proposed modifications and leaving the dwelling
    3. refusing the proposed modifications and renewing the lease
  3. Send your reply by registered mail or deliver it in person; make sure to get the signature of the recipient acknowledging they received it within one month of receiving notice acknowledgement of receipt from the recipient, within one month of receiving the notice of increase from your landlord.

FAQ

I received a notice informing me that my landlord is taking me to the Régie du logement for the lease modification, what do I do?

Don’t panic! The Régie du logement will simply review the proposed modifications and either refuse, accept or amend the proposed modifications. It is important, however, to show up for your hearing.