As a city known for its joie de vivre and high standard of living, it’s not surprising that Montreal has written so many renter-friendly into its civil code. As Canada’s second-largest city, Montreal exhibits a unique blend of French and English culture, and is tenets beloved by residents and visitors alike. It was named a UNESCO “City of Design” in 2006 and is regularly rated as one of the world’s most livable cities.

The Régie du logement, Montreal’s specialized tribune on residential lease matters, has included a wealth of tenant-friendly creeds into its rental code. Most Americans would be surprised that, according to law, a landlord is not permitted to request advance security deposits or initial payments exceeding one month’s rent. This is certainly a shift from the first and last month’s security deposit that tenants are often held to in the states! Additionally, landlords are required “to give a peaceful enjoyment of the leased property,” so renters in Montreal can sleep easy knowing that their landlord is legally incensed to keep the peace.

Montreal’s rental market may seem a bit hotel-esque due to the popularity of furnished rentals. There are several online and offline resources that offer these ready-to-live apartments at a wide price range – from luxury to more affordable options. Montreal is actually one of the few metropolitan cities in the world where the cost of living remains affordable. Rentals are in high demand, come with plenty of options, and cost about half of what a similar place in many major American cities would cost. In fact, in 2009, the average cost of a 2-bedroom apartment in Montreal was just $656 per month.

This island city is also well known for its architecture, and Montreal apartments are no exception to the creativity! Innovative residential complex Habitat 67, pictured above, is one of Montreal’s most iconic and recognizable apartment buildings. Originally a pilot project by architect Moshe Safdie for the 1967 World’s Fair, Expo 67, the complex is an elegant cluster of modular, interlocking cubes. With 168 apartments fashioned out of one structure, none of the rooms share an interior wall with another unit! This is one case where having a noisy neighbor might not bother you at all!