Thousands of such agreements are concluded every day in the provinces, where most of those who are in such an agreement cannot read or write. The peculiarities of the case are that the defendants (tenants) and the plaintiff (landlord) would have entered into a lease in which the defendant agreed to give the building a facelift, with the extent that the total cost would be deducted from the rent. The two parties then agreed that the accused would occupy the apartment for one year instead of the Le300,000 (about 70 $US) he had spent to repair the apartment. The defendant argues that the lease did not expire when the landlord asked him to stop. This lessor claims that, under the contract, the tenant should have paid him additional Le40,000 (about 9 $US) that the tenant did not want to pay. . . .