Signing a Lease

Notice to a new lessee

Mandatory notice to be given by the lessor

When a lease is entered into, the lessor must give the new lessee a written notice indicating the lowest rent paid during the 12 months preceding the beginning of the lease or, if applicable, the rent fixed by the Administrative Housing Tribunal during that period.

The lessee who subleases his or her dwelling must also give that notice to the subtenant in the same way.

The lessor must, to that effect, complete section G of the lease form.

However, that obligation does not apply to a lessor when the lease concerns a dwelling located in an immovable that has been built five years ago or less or a dwelling located in an immovable whose use for residential purposes results from a change of destination that was made five years ago or less.

The lessor must, to that effect, complete section F of the lease form.

Recourse for the fixing of rent

The new lessee (or subtenant) may ask the Tribunal to fix his or her rent if he or she pays a rent higher than the rent indicated in the notice or the rent already fixed by the Tribunal.

The application must be filed within 10 days after the date the lease (or the sublease) is entered into.

If the lessor did not give such notice at the time the lease (or the sublease) was entered into, the application must be filed within two months after the beginning of the lease.

If the lessor gave a notice in which there was a false statement, the application must be filed within two months after the day the lessee becomes aware of the false statement.