Régie du logement: 35 years of an outdated method that gives a bad perception of rental property owners
Monday, January 25, 2016 --- The Association of Quebec Landlords (APQ) can only be offended by the lack of courage of various governments which for the last 35 years have obstinately refused to reform the method of calculation of the Régie du logement.
This year more than at any other time, the tenants’ perception facing rent increases will be distorted.
'' Some building owners who heat with oil or gas will also send notices of rent increase because they will have received large increases in taxes, insurance and for major work done. ''
'' With the announcement of the figures, as the Régie does year after year, tenants rely on a general figure. The figures issued by the Régie are only indicative. These are estimates only and the owner must make his own calculations as each building is different with the unrealistic rates announced each year,'' says Martin Messier.
Let us remind that only the tenants have the right to maintain occupancy and if a tenant refuses an increase, the landlord cannot terminate the lease!
The APQ is convinced that the rent-setting legislation must be reviewed. Pending this reform, which has now become essential according to the APQ, it requires, however, good knowledge about what the law requires from the apartment owners when comes the time to raise the rents.
Indeed, contrary to regular negotiations, owners are required to negotiate differently as we do under the restraint of a law which, once applied by the Régie du logement, comes to disturb our right to negotiate freely.
APQ rent-increase calculation form and the Calculo APQ application
This form of calculation applies to your rent increases for the year 2016.
This tool is more comprehensive than the form of the Régie du logement because you can save your 2016 increase calculations and your notice of modification of the lease on your computer. So, from now on, calculate your rent increases!
Download from now on the new Android Calculo APQ application that allows you to easily perform calculations of rent increase and their sending dates. After the calculation, you can receive by e-mail the automatically generated documents to register your calculations and directly print your notices according to your choice of increase.
To download the application, go to http://www.apq.org/calcul-daugmentation-de-loyer-2016.aspx
The iOS application for iPhone and iPad will be available soon. Follow us to be informed of its release.
Setting-of-rent workshop on January 30, 2016
Also this year, on January 30, 2016 from 9.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m., the APQ holds its rent-setting workshop. Our goal is simple: to assist owners in promoting a rent increase by mastering the legal impacts and aspects of healthy negotiations with customers who rent housing.
Go to http://www.apq.org/clinique-fixation-2016.aspx for details.
Founded in 1984, the Association of Quebec Landlords (APQ) is the most important association to offer services to rental property owners. It has been serving the owners of all 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.