Quebec Landlords Association

Quebec Landlords Association

February 21, 2012 13:40 ET

The Quebec Landlords Association (APQ) Supports the Position of the Corporation des proprietaires du Quebec (CORPIQ) Regarding Tenant Investigations

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2012) - The Québec Landlords Association (APQ) supports the type of tenant investigation services offered by CORPIQ. In light of the recent media outcry by tenants groups regarding the new type of investigation services offered by CORPIQ the Québec Landlords Association wishes to emphasize that it has offered this type of investigation service since May 2010 without causing problems for tenants.

The tenant evaluation services offered by the Québec Landlords Association (APQ) evaluate a prospective tenant's credit history, information concerning employment and their current landlord, not only with respect to their rent payment habits, but also regarding their relationship with their landlord, as well as checks of current or past files at the Québec Rental Board, and the civil and criminal courts. The Québec Landlords Association (APQ) alos offers the possibility to confirm the information concerning their current landlord because, in some cases, the landlord reference provided by the tenant may turn out to be a friend of the tenant and not their true current landlord.

The Québec Landlords Association (APQ) always ensures that the tenant has given their informed consent before proceeding.

Since May 2010, the Québec Landlords Association (APQ) has asked landlords to obtain the prospective tenant's written consent and to provide it with a written copy before the investigation process is initiated.

"When we set-up this comprehensive investigation process, our goal was to avoid any misunderstanding by insisting that the landlord provide a copy of the written consent signed by the tenant. This consent form can be sent to us in electronically by a mobile device, smartphone, or via our secure internet server and intelligent software which has enbaled landlords to view the investigation results directly on their computer desktop since December 2005", states Martin Messier, President of the Québec Landlords Association (APQ)

"This method of operation provides protection for the landlord, as well as the tenant by ensuring that the tenant has given their informed consent, and the fact that this data is kept secure and encrypted according to the highest standards in the event of a complaint to the Access to Information Commission" added Martin Messier.

In order to ensure that this added level of protection doesn't slow down the tenant investigation process, the Québec Landlords Association (APQ) has taken steps to prolong its service hours since May 2010 to include Monday to Friday from 8:30AM to Midnight, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

A warning to landlords

The Québec Landlords Association (APQ) wishes to warn landlords that any pre-mature refusal of a prospective tenant's rental proposal could be construed as discriminatory.

"We recommend that landlords take the time to consider all of the aspects of the results of the tenant investigation before making a decision. It would be risky to refuse a potential tenant solely on the basis of a partial investigation which could result in making the wrong choice, or discrimination regarding that tenant"

The results obtained through Evaluation 360 can form the basis for further discussions between the landlord and the prospective tenant to address items of concern raised by the investigation and to explore alternative solutions such as obtaining a third party to guarantee the performance of the tenant's obligations under the lease.

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

Contact Information

  • Estelle Fabre
    Communications Service
    514-382-9670, extension 218
    www.apq.org