Association of Quebec Landlords

Association of Quebec Landlords

January 22, 2015 13:36 ET

Abusive Rent Increases: the APQ Sets the Record Straight

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Jan. 22, 2015) - The Association of Quebec Landlords (APQ) would like to set the record straight following the statements from the RCLALQ.

According to the autumn-2014 survey of the CMHC, rents have increased by only 2.1%, and the average rent is at $729.

Rents in Quebec are the lowest in Canada, by far, knowing that Vancouver ranks second as the least affordable city in the world.

The Rental Board announces estimations of increases each year but these are estimates only and the owner must make his own calculations.

"For 2014, it is not 0.8% for unheated housing that must be taken but rising insurance costs incurred, increased municipal and school taxes that are transferable for a 100% to the tenant, not including major works, maintenance...," says Martin Messier, president of the APQ.

And there again the owners, who live with an outdated method, must send a notice and wait for the response from their tenants.

Let us remind that the tenant can refuse and stay in the dwelling while the owner requests the increase to which he is entitled! If both parties do not agree, it will be up to the same owner to open a file at the Régie du logement for setting of the rent and to justify his expenditures.

According to the 2013-2014 annual report of the Régie du logement, 4927 cases have been introduced for setting of the rent. One can therefore not cry wolf and state that 9 out of 10 persons have received abusive increases!

"Finally, we wish to clarify that many owners do not increase their rent as they would have the right to do because they do not want to lose their tenants. And the sums unclaimed in 2015 for 2014 will be lost!" adds the APQ.

Founded in 1984, the Quebec Landlords Association (APQ) is the most important association to offer services to rental property owners. It has been serving the owners of all the regions of Quebec for over 30 years. In addition to offering, as much to duplex or triplex owners as to property managers, an assessment service on tenants which is unique in Quebec.

Contact Information

  • Estelle Fabre
    514-382-9670, extension 218
    cell. # 514-583-2542