Signing a Lease

What is a Lease?

The lease forms are on sale at offices of the Régie du logement, in bookstores and through Publications du Québec (1 800 463-2100). The lease form can also be purchased online on the website of Publications du Québec.

A lease is a contract

A lease is a contract concluded between a landlord and a tenant that defines their respective commitments concerning a dwelling.

The lease form of the Régie du logement is mandatory since September 1, 1996. It must be used for any new residential lease whether it is a room, an apartment, a condominium, a house, etc.

Also the schedule Services Offered to the Lessee by the Lessor must be completed when there are additionnal services to those indicated in the lease (e.g., Private seniors' residence). Leases that include that schedule are sold at the offices of the Régie du logement.

Leases for Special Clienteles

If it is land that is rented and intended for the installation of a mobile home then the lease form to complete is the form Lease of Land Intended for the Installation of a Mobile Home. This form is available at the offices of the Régie.

If it is a dwelling in a cooperative that is rented then the lease form to complete is the form Lease of a Dwelling in a Cooperative. This form is available at the offices of the Régie as well as at the offices of housing co-ops.

Please note that there is also the lease form pertaining to rental of low-rental housing and the lease form pertaining to a rental of a dwelling to a student by an educational institution.

In the Case of a Verbal Lease

In that case, the landlord must give the tenant a form entitled Mandatory Writing within ten days of the agreement. This form is sold at the offices of the Régie du logement.