Dealing with a rent increase
If you live in an apartment or a rooming house, you have the right to be treated according to the law and with dignity. Therefore, it is imperative that you know your housing rights.
When a lease is up for renewal, the landlord can send you a rent increase notice, which must be in writing. A landlord may not request more than one rent increase per year.
If the landlord does not send a rent increase notice, your lease will be automatically renewed at the old rent unless you send a non-renewal notice by registered mail. The time limit for you to send a non-renewal notice or for your landlord to send a rent increase notice is the same and depends on the length of the lease.
For a 12 month lease, notice must be sent 3-6 months before the lease renewal date. For leases of an indeterminate length or under 12 months, notice is required 1-2 months beforehand. For leases of rooms, the requirement is 10-20 days.
To refuse an increase or leave at the end of your lease, you must inform the landlord by registered mail within 1 month of receiving the rent increase notice (a form letter is available at Project Genesis), otherwise the lease will be automatically renewed with the rent increase. If you refuse, the landlord has one month to apply to the Rental Board for a ruling. The Rental Board will set the new rent taking into account changes in the landlord’s costs, typically taxes, insurance, maintenance, and heating.
Project Genesis offers free information on tenant-landlord law, welfare, pensions, family allowances and other income supplement programs, immigration issues, access to public health insurance, and more. Services are free and accessible with no appointment necessary.
Call 514-738-2036, visit genese.qc.ca or drop by at 4735 Côte-Ste-Catherine.