An assignment of rent is a binding contract between a lender and a borrower stipulating that in the event the borrower defaults on the mortgage, the lender will be entitled to collect any rent payments made by a tenant occupying the property. If the lender is aware that the borrower intends to use the mortgaged property as a rental property, the lender may include an assignment of rents clause in the mortgage agreement to further protect its interest. A lender may choose to enter a general assignment of rents or a specific assignment of rents.

In a general assignment of rents, the agreement is binding on all future leases. A specific assignment of rents is only binding on the specific parties listed in the agreement. In the context of a real estate transaction, an assignment of rents, whether general or specific, may be registered on title. An assignment of rent may also be registered under the Personal Property Security Act as a secured interest. An assignment of rents is typically only deleted from the title when the corresponding mortgage is discharged and paid in full.

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