A lease agreement is a contract between a lessor and a tenant that describes the particular terms of a lease agreement. You should read the agreement and make sure you understand it before you sign it. The landlord must ensure that the tenant receives a copy of the contract before the start of the tenancy. Can owners ask for money? "key allowance" means the money requested by the lessor for the delivery of the lease (without rent, deposit or brokerage or lawyer fees). It is illegal. A landlord can`t ask for $100 before providing the house key, or a $50 deposit for a washing machine or money for anything that comes with the lease. If your lease is not written or written, but is not signed, you still have the same minimum rights as tenants under the Residential Tenancy Act. .