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 from the lessor, the lessee must reply within the period prescribed with a written notice that clearly indicates his or her decision to either:

  • leave the dwelling at the end of the lease, or
  • renew the lease, but refuse the proposed modifications

Lessees can obtain the form entitled Lessee’s Reply to a Notice of Rent Increase and Modification of Another Condition of the Lease from the Régie du logement. The Régie strongly recommends that lessees use the form, which meets the applicable legal requirements.

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

Proof of Delivery
The Régie recommends that the lessee send the reply to the lessor in one of the following ways:

  • Registered mail
  • Hand delivery (obtain a delivery confirmation)
  • Any other means that provides the lessee with a valid proof of delivery

In the event of a hearing, the commissioner may require proof that the notice was delivered.

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