Bills bills bills! Above all, you’ve got to pay that rent. It is your greatest responsibility as a tenant to pay the rent consistently and on time. Failure to fulfill this responsibility could cause some serious problems for you, and you may be taken to the Régie du logement and potentially be evicted from the dwelling. However don’t worry, paying your rent is fairly straightforward, and there are regulations created by the Régie du logement concerning how and when to pay the rent. Remember, even if your landlord is not meeting their responsibilities by maintaining the safety and sanitation of your dwelling you are not entitled to deal with this problem by withholding rent.
- Ensure you pay the rent on time. Before signing a lease consider the amount of rent the dwelling in question requires. Think carefully about the amount and ensure that you feel comfortable with paying that much every month.
- Pay the rent as it is stated in your lease, on the date you need to pay it and to the person you need to pay it to. You should make an agreement with your landlord in regards to the details of this transaction. Agree on a time and a place to pay the rent (generally rent is due on the 1st of every month). In the eyes of the law, if no particular arrangement has been made, the landlord has the responsibility to collect the rent at the tenant’s home.
- Be sure to get receipts from the landlord when you pay your rent. This is really important! You can pay the rent to your landlord, their management company or the landlord’s mandatory. If you are unsure of who to pay the rent to due to circumstances such as a sale of the building, a bankruptcy or a death, you may apply to the Régie du logement to deposit your rent with them.
- Know that you are not required to pay with post dated cheques. Nor are you required to pay more than one month at a time.
What if my lease states that I have to give my landlord post dated cheques?
Can my landlord evict me if I pay my rent a day late?
What can my landlord do if I am always late with paying rent?