Abuses and irregularities in the contracts of concession between seigneurs and their censitaires, or tenants, were frequently denounced by the intendants. They proposed remedies: standardizing the rates of cens (a token payment to the seigneur) and rentes (a more substantial annual payment in kind or in money), and eliminating or modifying a number of rights, such as the corvée (unpaid manual labour), the right to remove wood from the habitants' land, the right to retake land into their own possession, and fishing rights.

Rights and Obligations
Report [of Intendant Jacques Raudot] proposing various changes to the rights and obligations established by the seigneurs of Canada, ca. 1707
FR CAOM COL C11A 27 fol. 118-119vo