Your lease

Your lease is a contract between you and the OMHM and contains complete information on your rights, your responsibilities, and your apartment.

  • Rent
  • Additional expenses
  • Authorized occupants
  • Pets
  • Parking
  • Other information

Leases usually run for 12 months.

The lease can be cancelled on three months' notice by meeting certain conditions depending on the type of housing (low-rent housing, LAQ housing, assisted living residences for seniors).

Building rules and additional clauses are part of the lease.

 

Low-rent housing

Rent

  • Based on 25% of income for all members of the household
  • Includes heating and hot water
  • Does not include electricity or air conditioner use
  • Does not include parking
  • Can be lowered under certain circumstances. Any request for a rent decrease must be sent to the OMHM, accompanied by proof of income reduction

Term of lease

Usually 12 months.

Cancellation of lease

A lease may be cancelled at any time without charge by giving three months' notice to the OMHM.

Changing apartments

An apartment can only be changed under certain circumstances (for example, if it is too small or too big). To do so requires a written request to the OMHM.

Read more: Changing your public housing unit

Occupancy

  • Only those listed on the lease can live in the unit
  • An additional person is acceptable on a temporary basis (in an emergency) and the rental agent must be notified
  • Pets are allowed

Read more: Occupancy standards

Knocking at the right door… regarding your lease.


Lease renewal – assessment notice

To make renewing your lease easier, you should keep important documents such as your assessment notice and tax return in a safe place.

Affordable housing

Rent

  • Your rent depends on the size and location of your unit.
  • It does not cover electricity, heating or parking.

Term of Lease

Usually 12 months.

Cancellation of Lease

You can cancel your lease by giving the OMHM three months' written notice, but only under the following circumstances:

  • You are leaving your unit to live in a public housing (HLM) unit.

  • You are leaving your unit to permanently live in a seniors' residence that provides long-term care.

  • You have a disability that prevents you from continuing to live in the same location.

  • The decision has been made to house you elsewhere because of your special needs, based on a court ruling.

  • Your safety or that of a child residing with you is endanged by the violence of a spouse or former spouse or due to sexual assault, even if the perpetrator is not living with you.

Your notice must give the reason for your departure and be accompanied by certification from a qualified third party that demonstrates why you must move. You must pay your rent through the end of the three-month notice period.

Change of Unit

A tenant who wishes to change units must obtain another unit in the same building or in another building of the necessary category is not available in the current building. Occupancy rules must be observed. There is a $300 fee for changing units.

The tenant must not be the subject of any proceedings before the Régie du logement or of any prior adverse rulings. His/her unit must be in good condition. S/he must handover the existing unit in its original condition. 

  • Housing is allocated on a first-requested, first-served basis
  • In the case of general housing, a unit will be allocated to the household with the greater number of minor children, if two housholds request the same unit.

 

Occupancy

Affordable housing must be assigned in compliance with the following rules:

  • The first bedroom is allocated to the head of household and his/her spouse (if applicable).
  • An additional bedroom is allocated for each other person in the household. However, two children under 7 years of age can share one bedroom.
  • A single bedroom can be allocated to children of the same sex, between 7 and 14 years of age.
  • A single bedroom is allocated to children aged 14 and older.
  • An additional bedroom is allocated to a disabled person (within the means of the An Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights) whos physical or cognitice deficiency or the method used to alleviate the disability prevents the bedroom from being shared.

ENHARMONIE residences

 

Please refer to the ENHARMONIE residences site for more information.

 

Other units

Rent

  • Your rent is based on the size and location of your unit.
  • It does does include the electricity, heating or parking costs.

Term of Lease

Usually 12 months.

Cancellation of lease

You can cancel your lease by giving the OMHM three months' written notice, but only under the following circumstances:

  • You are leaving your unit to live in a public housing (HLM) unit.
  • You are leaving your unit to live pemanently in a seniors residence that provides long-term care.
  • ou have a disability that prevents you from continuing to live in the same location.
  • The decision has been made to house you elsewhere because of your special needs, based on a court ruling.
  • Your safety or that of a child residing with you is endanged by the violence of a spouse or former spouse or due to sexual assault, even if the perpetrator is not living with you.

Your notice must give the reason for your departure and be accompanied by certification from a qualified third party that demonstrates why you must move. You must pay your rent through the end of the three-month notice period.

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