Renewal of the Lease and Fixing of Rent

Applicable Percentages to the Criteria for the Fixing of Rent

The Régie du logement annually establishes the applicable percentages for the purpose of calculating the rent increases, in accordance with the Regulation respecting the criteria for the fixing of rent. The percentages enable the amounts attributed to each component of the calculation to be determined on the basis of the actual expenses incurred for the building or dwelling in question.

Applicable percentages
Rent component 2016 2017
Electricity  2.4%   1.0%
Gas -3.2%  -4.6%
Heating oil and other sources of energy  -24.3% -17.1%
Maintenance  2.5%   2.4%
Service costs  1.9%   0.9%
Management costs  1.0%   0.8%
Net income  0.5%   0.4%
Capital expenditures  2.5%   2.4%

To facilitate agreements on rent increases, the Régie provides a calculation tool on its website. In addition to this electronic form entitled Calculation 2017 Tool (in French only), you can also print from the website a PDF version of the form by visiting the section Calculation for the Fixing of Rent.

These tools help to establish the rent increase, by taking into account the variation in municipal and school taxes, insurance, major improvements and all the building’s operating costs. The paper version of the form is available at our 25 offices and service locations as of the second week of February.

It is important to point out that each calculation is specific to the building or dwelling concerned. Moreover, the simplified calculation tools make no allowance for certain particular situations that could be the subject of a hearing before the Régie du logement, such as a new service that results in additional management costs, or an expenditure that does not benefit all the occupants of the building.

The specific rules that apply to rental unit rent increases (e.g., time periods allowed for serving notices, particular circumstances for members of a cooperative or someone living in low-rental housing) are explained in the section Rent Increase.

The Régie’s website also provides models that can be used for notices of rent increase and replies to such notices.