Annual report of the Régie du logement: little improvement for owners of rental housing in Quebec
Montreal, October 8, 2015 --- The Association of Quebec Landlords (APQ) notes, while reading the annual report of the Régie du logement for the fiscal year 2014-2015, that rental housing owners are still seeing their investment and their time reduced by delays of almost two years.
"The delay for a common cause, such as - for instance - a disordered peaceful enjoyment of the premises, takes an average of 20.3 months before being heard. And this is only the first hearing date. One does not speak yet of possible postponements and the reception of the decision," says the APQ.
Although a slight decrease of 6.3% of cases of non-payment of rent is reported, 40,905 files were submitted in 2014-2015, more than half of the total number of files, i.e. 69,821.
This situation could make many victims among small property owners who will, eventually, themselves lose their property or be discouraged! In most cases, the owner has nothing to reproach himself in a situation of non-payment of rent. But he must albeit suffer often disproportionate loss of time and money.
"There are more than 40,000 tenants who do not pay their rent! This number does not include those who lose the last-month’s rent and who do not file their case. It is high time for the government to show that the desire for change referred to in spring will be achieved. It is more than necessary that the government not only allows the safety deposit but also allows owners to receive part of the welfare cheque," adds Martin Messier, President of 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. Besides offering, both to duplex or triplex owners as well as to property managers, an assessment service on tenants which is unique in Quebec.