Most importantly, it means that any unit under the landlord contract program is only leased for a one-year period, and that you must reapply with your landlord if you wish to stay in the same unit. You can find out if your unit is a member of the Landlord Contract Program by calling 613-533-2501
Landlords have different practices in regards to this process, so it’s best to ask.
It is a courtesy to give your landlord notice of your intent to stay with 60 days of your lease ending but not necessary. All other aspects of your lease stay the same, until you give the required notice to your landlord.
If your unit is a member of the Landlord Contract Program, the above information does not apply and you will have to reapply on a yearly basis in order to continue living in the same unit.
However, this is not the same for houses which are part of the Landlord Contract Program because these homes are exempt from this clause. You can check if your house is part of the Landlord Contract program by calling 613-533-2501. If your house is part of the Landlord Contract Program, your landlord must have an N11 form for you to sign with your lease, and an official letter from Queen’s University stating that they are a part of the Landlord Contract Program in order to raise your rent.
When rent is paid on the 1st of the month, your notice period is two calendar months, i.e., you cannot give notice in the middle of the month.
For most students, this means you must give notice before February 30th.
The above is true no matter what your lease says. Like any illegal clause in your contract, this does not break your entire lease; it means that this clause is not enforceable under section 44.3 of the Residential Tenancies Act.
For some termination notices, the landlord must wait a specific number of days to allow the tenant to correct the problem before an eviction notice can be filed with the Landlord and Tenant Board.
In most cases, a hearing in front of this board will be scheduled.
For support, contact Joan Jones, Queen’s Legal Aid, or the Housing Resource Centre (see the Housing Resources page).
The amount of interest is the same as the rent increase guideline when the interest payment is due.
Last month’s rent can also be known as a ‘security deposit.’ Your landlord cannot use this money for anything else.
Your landlord can also ask for a deposit for your keys. Your landlord must give this money back to you when you move out and return the keys.
Most other kinds of deposits or payments are not allowed.
Be sure to get a receipt each time you pay rent or anything else. The law says that your landlord must give you a receipt if you ask for one.
As a tenant, you cannot change the locks unless the landlord agrees.
Additionally, a key to any lock that is added by the tenant (i.e., to a bedroom) should be provided to the landlord.
Still have questions? Contact the Housing Resource Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org.