Québec lease for rental properties
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Québec lease for rental properties

Once you have chosen a place to live, you must sign a lease. This is an important formality, as the lease constitutes a contract that determines the landlord and tenant’s respective responsibilities and commitments.

Before signing a lease, read the entire document carefully. Make sure that all of the conditions discussed with the landlord are contained in the lease, particularly any repairs the landlord agreed to do and the date on which they are to be done.

It is also important to make sure that the dwelling indicated in the lease is in fact the one you visited and agreed to rent.



Verbal agreement
In the case of a verbal agreement, you have the right to demand written confirmation of this agreement. If the landlord does not wish to use the official form issued by the Régie du logement, he or she must submit to the tenant, within 10 days following the date of the agreement, a document containing the following information:

  • the landlord’s name and address
  • your name
  • the rental amount
  • the exact address of the dwelling you have rented
  • the obligatory annotations required by law.


Under the Civil Code of Québec, the landlord cannot, notably, refuse a dwelling to an individual or impose costlier conditions solely because the tenant is pregnant or has one or several children, unless the refusal is justified on the basis of the size of the dwelling. The Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms also stipulates that it is forbidden to refuse access to a dwelling for discriminatory reasons based on race, colour, sex, pregnancy, religion, ethnic or national origin, social status, etc.

If you have reason to believe that you have been refused a dwelling due to discrimination, contact the Régie du logement du Québec, or the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse du Québec.


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Last modification : 2018-07-18
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