Here are some myths surrounding the obligations of
tenants and landlords.
The tenant has until the day of July 1 to leave his accommodation.
False. You must vacate the accommodation on June 30 at midnight if your lease expires on that date. However, talk to your manager if you want to leave on July 1. He may try to accommodate you!
You can leave an old refrigerator in the unit before leaving.
False. The tenant must leave his accommodation in good condition as found at time of possession and the owner is required to deliver an apartment in that same condition.
You cannot paint your new unit.
False. Unless it is stipulated in the lease, the tenant can paint his unit. However, the landlord can ask the tenant to repaint the walls in white or light colors before their departure.
The landlord must supply the paint to the new tenant.
False. The landlord is not obligated to supply paint unless it is negotiated in the lease.
If the rent is paid within the first three weeks of the month, the tenant cannot be evicted.
False. Rent must be paid in full on the day it is due, otherwise the tenant is in default. The owner can ask the Régie du Logement to terminate the lease if this situation occurs frequently.
The owner can prohibit you from owning an animal.
True. The landlord may include a clause in the lease stating that you cannot own one or certain types of animals. If there is no clause, you can have a pet, as long as it does not cause inconvenience (e.g. a dog that barks excessively, an animal that damages the home, etc.) .
The owner is responsible for all maintenance.
False. Tenants must make minor maintenance repairs. For example, they need to touch up paint or fill in small holes.