Cabinet shuffle: Right Honourable Minister, the rental housing sector needs you!
Montreal, Thursday, January 28, 2016 --- 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.
"Mr Moreau had announced that in the autumn the safety deposit bill would be studied and implemented. But nothing happened and now it is up to the new minister, Mr Coiteux, to continue this governmental initiative," says the APQ.
The safety deposit issue is only one of the many irritants that the Government has been setting aside for over 35 years.
One can also mention:
• Protection of the lowest rent paid
• The outdated rent-setting method
• Time delay for obtaining a hearing
• Construction of low-rent housing
• Incentive for the renovation of the housing stock
• Allow the seizure of government assistance
The rental property owners submit themselves to all the obligations imposed upon them by the Government such as Bill 122 on compulsory inspection of the safe character of façades and multi-level parking garages, or the upgrading of the fire safety system. We can also talk about the RL-31 slip, a new document to produce for any owner of more than one housing at Revenu Québec.
"The APQ is wondering when the Government will decide to help rental housing owners. Will it be when they too will have protection tailored to their circumstances, coverage that will protect their investments?" concludes Martin Messier.
Founded in 1984, the Association of Quebec Landlords (APQ) is the most important association to offer services to the owners of rental residences such as pre-leasing investigations, and giving legal advice, while being present in all regions of Quebec.