Housing: The APQ maintains that the law must change
Montreal, June 25, 2014 --- The Association of Quebec Landlords (APQ), in partnership with the Coalition of Owners of Rental Housing (RPHL), calls into question the answer that all governments use for not offering to rental housing owners a new law that would rebalance the rights of owners facing tenants.
“We regularly hear that it is not possible to change the method of setting the rent, which is very irritating because the Civil Code cannot be opened for some sections. But over the past 10 years, we have witnessed several “small” changes that needed amendments to the Civil Code of Québec,” says Martin Messier, President.
If the Civil Code can be opened to change the notice period of an elderly person in a nursing home (CHSLD), or to terminate the lease in certain situations, it can surely be re-opened to modernize a law that is more than 30 years old.
The APQ launches an awareness capsule
A more than 30 year-old law is obviously out of date and the APQ can only note that since its implementation the rights and obligations between tenants and landlords have been uneven.
To name a few:
- The tenure (protection of the tenant);
- The method of setting the rent (tenant protection and harmful to the housing stock);
- Prohibition of deposit (tenant protection).
To demonstrate the ridiculous situations that are experienced everyday by owners of rental housing in Québec, the APQ releases its first video capsule on the subject of clause G in the lease that requires that the tenant be informed about the lowest rent paid during the last 12 months.
“Asking that the famous clause G of the lease, disclosing the amount of the current rent, would not be highlighted and put forward is simply not enough. It is the law that must be addressed!
Overprotecting the tenant who is in the housing is already bad for a real-estate park, but not to allow the owner to restore his housing at market price or even to agree in good faith with his new tenant, as in other countries, is simply absurd,” adds Mr. Messier.
You can find this capsule at the following address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k7UFAcMYYo&feature=youtu.be
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