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Housing Bill 37: New restrictions on the right to property and insertion of a rental property owner in the management of the building 

The Association des Propriétaires du Québec (APQ) can only oppose the new provisions that Bill 37, An Act to amend various legislative provisions mainly in relation to housing, will impose and which will also further reduce the rights of rental housing owners in Quebec.

Clause F: from 5 to 3 years

The framework of clause F to set the rent for the first five years of a new building is already well regulated. It is in no way necessary to shorten this period and thus further reduce the rights of housing owners at a time when Quebec must stimulate investment in real estate.

First of all, the Association des Propriétaires du Québec (APQ) would like to remind you that this clause is important in a rental market context where the price of rent is controlled and where, moreover, the maintenance of the price of rent is associated with the dwelling and not with the tenant.

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25 May 2022

Rental property owners are asking the Government to redress injustices!  

 The Association des Propriétaires du Québec (APQ) is calling on the Government to redress the injustices that persist against rental housing owners in Quebec.

“Rental housing owners have not secured any legislative changes to help them manage their tenants or reduce their financial losses. We can start by talking about the security deposit that is still not authorized and yet would have allowed several owners not to find ransacked or unhealthy housing!” says Martin Messier, President of the APQ.

The tenants’ associations are calling for a lease register to limit rent increases and thus control the rental market, but the opposite phenomenon would occur with a lease register. The Association des Propriétaires du Québec (APQ) believes that such a register is completely inadequate and would not resolve the situation stated.

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20 April 2022

Petition to enforce the acceptance of animals into a rental housing: One should seriously investigate this cause instead of enforcing it without thinking about the consequences 

The Association des Propriétaires du Québec (APQ) notes that once again the filing of a petition concerning the clause prohibiting animals in rental dwellings misses its target and overall vision of the situation. 

 
This new petition, which comes up regularly in the demands of tenants, wants to “Prohibit clauses prohibiting pets in a rental housing”.* 
 
In fact, it would be unfair and inappropriate for such a decision, which has significant financial consequences for rental housing owners, to be imposed on them without the possibility of demanding a security deposit. 
 
The owner has an obligation to maintain his building and dwellings in good condition and he must guarantee the peaceful enjoyment of the premises. 
 
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04 April 2022

Rent increase: Building owners have the right to increase their rent!  

The Association des Propriétaires du Québec (APQ) would like to remind you that in Quebec rental housing owners have the right to increase the amount of their rents each year.

The owners have indeed the right to increase the rent!
“We must stop confounding a tenant’s ability to pay his rent with the amount of the rent paid. Rental housing owners also have building-related expenses to assume, mortgages and taxes to pay, insurance and unpaid rents in some cases. We always talk about the financial capacity of the tenants, but not about the indebtedness of the landlords, the stress of meeting regulatory and government obligations!” says Martin Messier, President of the APQ.

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01 March 2022

The APQ disagrees with the City of Montréal’s certification and lease register project 

The Association des Propriétaires du Québec (APQ) can only be opposed to the announcement by the City of Montreal of its project to certify and establish a lease register.
 
For the Association des Propriétaires du Québec (APQ), a lease register is simply useless. Tenants are already protected more than anywhere else in the world. Moreover, the provision that aims to maintain the same price of the housing following the departure of the tenant must be abolished, quite simply. Protection is granted to the tenant in the premises, but in addition to this the tenant can ask that the rent be reduced to a lower price while he has freely negotiated and signed a contract, i.e., the lease! It is simply outrageous to trample on people’s freedom to contract, in this way. Only supply and demand should govern this type of situation. 
If a dwelling is too expensive, it will not find a buyer and the price will be adjusted accordingly. 

 

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15 February 2022

COVID-19 Rental property owners should be patient and prudent 

Montreal, 17 March 2020 ---- The Quebec Landlords Association (APQ) wishes to highlight its support for the rental property owners


The Régie du logement will be closed until March 23, 2020 inclusive.

Except for a case that is considered urgent the hearings held before the Régie du logement have all been cancelled. You can now check the status of your file on the Régie du logement's website. If you have a request to submit, you can do it online however.

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17 March 2020

2016-2017 Budget: Rental housing owners have been forgotten! 

The Association of Québec Landlords (APQ) notes with regret that the rental property owners are, once again, the big forgotten ones of Mr. Leitao’s budget.

“After LogiRenov, it is now Renovert that is offered to homeowners. But make no mistake! Not to all owners! If you have a dwelling and you want to renovate to improve the housing conditions, you will receive nothing!” says Martin Messier, President of the APQ.

Also, 1200 supplementary new rental units will be granted in 2016-2017 at a cost of $5 million.

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18 March 2016

Cabinet shuffle: Right Honourable Minister, the rental housing sector needs you! 

The Association of Quebec Landlords welcomes Mr Martin Coiteux in the world of rental law.

The Association of Quebec Landlords (APQ) hopes that Mr Coiteux will undertake genuine reforms that will facilitate access to the Rental Board, decrease the waiting time and especially protect rental housing owners.

Let us remind that Mr Pierre Moreau, former minister of municipal affairs, has, as head of the Rental Board, appointed four special clerks to hear requests for recovery of rent and lease termination that are not challenged by the tenants in Montreal, Laval and Longueuil.

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28 January 2016

Québec Bill 67 regarding tourist lodging: Good news for residential landlords 

The Québec Landlords' Association (APQ) is pleased with the direction taken by Québec Bill 67, Loi visant principalement à améliorer l'encadrement de l'hébergement touristique.

The APQ considers that this draft bill should also provide for the landlord's approval as part of the certification process, as well as being validated by municipal authorities.

According to this draft legislation, anyone who wishes to offer lodging to tourists, must obtain a classification certificate from Québec Ministry of Tourism. A Ministry inspector will be required to visit the premises as part of the request process. However, the lodging offered may be located in a residential rental building, and landlords should be able to have their say in the process.

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22 October 2015
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