Renewing or Modifying a Lease

Replying to a Notice of Modification of the Lease Sent by the Lessor

After receiving a notice of modification of the lease, a lessee who does not accept the modification must reply to the lessor in writing, within the period prescribed, clearly indicating that he or she has decided:

  • To leave the dwelling at the end of the lease; OR
  • To renew the lease, but refuse the proposed modifications

A lessee who accepts the proposed modifications does not have to reply to the notice of modification of the lease.

If the lessee does not reply to the notice of modification of the lease, the lease is renewed with all of the modifications proposed by the lessor.

The Régie strongly recommends using the form Lessee's Reply to a Notice of Rent Increase and Modification of Another Condition of the Lease, as it meets the statutory requirements.

Proof of Delivery
The Régie recommends that the lessee notify the lessor in one of the following ways:

  • By registered mail
  • By hand (obtain an acknowledgement of receipt)
  • By bailiff
  • By any other means enabling the lessee to obtain proof that the reply to the notice was sent and received

In the event of a hearing, proof may be required that the lessee’s reply to the notice of modification of the lease has been sent and received.

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