Rent Receipts and Rent in Advance

In most cases, you will be required to pay rent in advance when you begin your agreement.

The maximum rent in advance is 2 weeks for either a periodic residential tenancy agreement or a rooming accommodation agreement, or 1 month for a fixed term residential tenancy agreement.

It is an offence for the lessor, agent or provider to demand additional rent in advance before the rent is used up. This could result in a penalty fine. When you pay rent, your lessor, agent or provider must give you a receipt for cash or cheque rent payments, or keep a rent record for other payment methods.

You can request a copy of your rent record. Always get a receipt or keep a record when you pay rent. For more information about rent payments, see the Rent and Other Charges Tenancy Facts.