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

A lessee who agrees to 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 within the period prescribed, the lease is renewed with all of the modifications proposed by the lessor.
The Régie du logement strongly recommends that lessees use its form entitled Lessee's Reply to a Notice of Rent Increase and Modification of Another Condition of the Lease, which meets the applicable legal requirements.
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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