'Moving Day' sparks tenant complaints

With a higher vacancy rates than previous years, Montreal residents had an easier pick of properties prior to Quebec's traditional "Moving Day" on July 1, but many claim they are being forced into substandard accommodations due to escalating rental prices for condos and other residential properties.   

“We have noticed a higher number of complaints about the bad state of some properties,” says François Saillant, coordinator of the anti-poverty and social housing advocacy group Front d’Action Populaire en Réaménagement Urbain (FRAPU).

Speaking to CREW ahead of the group’s news conference today, Saillant said he does not agree with landlords who say they cannot afford to carry out renovations due to legal restrictions on imposing rent increases for repair work and the ability to request a security deposit.

“We do not believe this is a genuine reason,” says Saillant. “Landlords just do not want to spend the money on repairs or renovations.”

While Montreal has witnessed a rapid increase in condo development in recent years, many renters say they are being forced to trade down to older buildings due to higher rent prices. There has also been a noticeable increase in the number of landlords not renewing leases as they take back properties for personal use or convert into condos.  

According to the city’s housing office, OMHM, residents of six households are without accommodation following yesterday’s traditional moving day. This marks a small decrease from last year’s figure with the families now placed in emergency shelter.

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