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Are You Ready To Rent In Montreal

Do you think you are prepared to live on your own in Montreal and do you feel comfortable knowing enough to sign a lease and co-habit with roommates? Take this quiz to find out! Regardless of your knowledge level, visit Life Beyond McGill Rez on February 3rd for fun resources to prepare you for the transition to living on your own in Montreal!

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  1. In what borough is McGill located?
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    McGill Ghetto
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    Lasalle
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    Ville-Marie
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    Downtown
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    Ville-Marie

    While often given the nickname McGill Ghetto, McGill is actually located in the Ville-de-Montreal designated borough of Ville-Marie. It is important to know this because every borough has specific regulations for noise, garbage and recycling collection and to know who you represents your in your electoral district.

    Ville-Marie
    Via ville.montreal.qc.ca
  2. How many closed bedrooms are in a 3 1/2
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    No closed bedrooms
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    1 closed bedroom
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    2 closed bedrooms
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    3 closed bedrooms
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    1 Closed Bedroom

    A 3 1/2 means one closed bedroom. The 3 in the description refer to the three spaces of kitchen, living room and bedroom and the bathroom is always the 1/2.

    1 Closed Bedroom Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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  3. What is the minimum of months required to notify a landlord of non renewal for a 12 month lease?
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    You do not need to give a notice
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    1 month
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    2 months
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    3 months
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    3 Months!

    In Québec, without giving a notice, leases are renewed automatically and you are required to notify your landlord a minimum of 3 months before the end of your lease if you are signed on to a 12 month lease. If you do not, you are automatically renewed for another year!

    3 Months! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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  4. Can a landlord ask for a deposit?
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    Yes, but only if it is a 12 month lease
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    Yes, but can not exceed $1000.00
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    No, a landlord can not ask for a deposit
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    No, a landlord can only ask for a deposit for the keys
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    No, A landlord can not ask for a deposit.

    As per the Régie du Logement, a landlord cannot ask for a deposit, whether it is for the keys or for furniture.

    No, A landlord can not ask for a deposit. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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  5. A landlord can ask to keep a copy of your passport?
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    No
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    yes
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    NO!!!

    A landlord can ask if you are a Canadian citizen but they are not permitted to ask for any copies to keep for their records.

    NO!!! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
  6. Can i break a lease if i no longer want to live there?
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    Yes, if you ask nicely
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    No, if you ask nicely
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    No. No matter how nicely you ask.

    Leases are contractual agreements for the length of terms you agree with your landlord/tenant/subtenant/co-tenant so you can not just get out of the contract because you are unhappy. You can sublet, do a lease transfer, but unfortunately, unless the Régie du Logement finds that you have a legitimate reason (i.e. safety) then you can not just bail.

    No. No matter how nicely you ask. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Via gph.is
  7. What do i do if my landlord won't turn on the heat?
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    start a small fire in the living room
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    not pay my rent until they turn it on
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    stay at a hotel and bill my landlord
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    contact the régie du logement to intervene
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    Contact the Régie du Logement to intervene!

    You are not allowed to withhold rent from your landlord or stay somewhere else and bill the landlord without intervention from the Régie du Logement. Just as the landlord has the obligation to maintain the unit in habitable condition, you have the obligation to follow the appropriate steps.

    Contact the Régie du Logement to intervene! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
  8. If i sublet my apartment, who is responsible for any damages?
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    I am
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    The landlord
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    The subletter
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    Jeff
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    I am!

    The answer is almost never Jeff. In fact, even if you sublet the apartment and someone else is living in the apartment, as the person signed on to the original lease, you are still responsible to pay for any damages that are incurred by a subletter. That is why it is important to know everything about subletting and have a contract between all parties involved so that you are not left cleaning up Jeff's mess...again!

    I am! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
  9. Without notice, when can my landlord enter my apartment?
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    Only for emergencies, such as a gas leak
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    to throw parties
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    if they want to show the apartment to someone else
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    If Jeff asks nicely
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    Only for emergencies, such as a gas leak, fire or to allow emergency response into your apartment

    If it is not for an emergency and it is only to show someone the apartment or to make minor repairs, the landlord is required to notify you either verbally or written at least 24 hours in advance.

    Only for emergencies, such as a gas leak, fire or to allow emergency response into your apartment Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
  10. If my roommate leaves, do i have to pay their half of the rent?
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    Yes
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    No
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    Yes, you are responsible.

    Generally the obligation to pay the rent is shared. That is, each joint tenant is responsible for his share. For example, if two joint tenants owe $600 for one month’s rent and the case goes to a hearing, each can be required to pay the landlord $300.

    Yes, you are responsible. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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