Quebec Landlords Association

Quebec Landlords Association

December 14, 2010 11:30 ET

The Quebec Landlords Association (APQ) Responds to the RCLALQ's Demands for a Lease Registry

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2010) - In response to repeated demands by the RCLALQ for the creation of a compulsory lease registry, the Québec Landlords Association (APQ) believes that a lease registry would serve no purpose and would create added costs for tax payers.

Québec's rental housing laws are without a doubt some of the harshest and most restrictive in the world for owner's of residential rental buildings. This abnormally high level of protection for tenants discourages building ownership and investment, and is ultimately harmful for the tenants themselves.

Why create a lease registry?

For the Québec Landlords Association (APQ), the creation of a lease registry would not serve any useful purpose. Tenants are already better protected than elsewhere in the world. Moreover, the legal provisions ensuring that the price of the last rent paid is maintained should be abolished. A current tenant is protected, but further still, the tenant may ask for the rent to be reduced even though they freely negociated the amount and the terms of the lease, which is a contract. This trampling of the parties' freedom to contract is simply outrageous. These situations should be left to balance themselves out through the law of supply and demand. If the rent for a dwelling is too high, no one will want to rent it and the landlord will need to lower the price accordingly.

It is also important to bear in mind that according to the Canadian Mortage and Housing Corporaion's most recent survey of the Québec rental housing market, rents in Québec are the lowest in Canada. The average rent in Québec's major urban centers in October 2010 was $648. Average rent for a studio apartment was $504 and $783 for a three bedroom apartment.

Additionally, the affordability index remains high at 130 for Montréal, which indicates a high degree of affordability. An index of over 100 is an indicator of increasingly affordable rents.

Founded in 1984, the Québec Landlords Association (APQ) is the largest association of its type serving owners of residential rental properties throughout all regions of Québec.

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