Report 2011-2012 from the Regie du logement: If the Owner Can No Longer Heat, Remove Snow and Maintain the Dwelling, EVERYONE Loses

The Quebec Landlords Association (APQ) reacts to the publication of the Annual Report 2011-2012 of the Régie du logement and responds to the tenants' associations.

The number of cases increases at the Régie du logement

The number of cases increases at the Régie du logement. The number of decisions rendered by the Court has also increased. It can be seen when reading the report that there is an increase in the number of cases:

- Cases for non-payment rose from 45,585 to 47,049;

- Slight increase in evictions from 3377 to 3413.

But also the number of decisions increased (from 49,118 to 50,223 for all cases).

Injustice? Not at all!

"The APQ wishes to remind the RCLALQ that delays are not suffered more by the tenants than by the landlords. Whenever an owner submits a request for a civil case he has also the same delays to deal with as a tenant," says Martin Messier, President of the APQ.

Whether one is a landlord or a tenant, the delay for being put on the role is the same because it is the nature of the case that will be heard and not the fact of being the owner or the lessee that makes the difference.

Duration of the Hearing: 3 minutes

Obviously, if it concerns a request to terminate the lease for non-payment of rent, the case is heard quickly. Firstly, these hearings last only a few minutes: one shows the proof of the forwarding of the notice and the lease. And then one testifies about the amount that must be paid and it is over.

The administrative judge can therefore hear a lot of these cases in one session.

Requests for lease termination and non-payment of rent are heard quickly when the tenant is in the property without paying rent. If he has left his dwelling, the delay will then be the same as for regular files.

If the owner can no longer heat, remove snow and maintain the housing, EVERYONE loses

"The lack of income, while the tenant is in the housing, not only leads to serious consequences for the owners, such as the inability to pay their mortgage and their taxes, but it also threatens the tenants as a whole," says Martin Messier, the President of the APQ.

"In the end, if the landlord does not receive his rent, he can not maintain the services, maintenance, and heating anymore, and this would also affect the tenants who pay rent in the building," concludes the APQ.

Additional resources are required in the context of a growing number of files and the complexity of the cases heard.

Founded in 1984, the Quebec Landlords Association (APQ) is the largest association providing services to owners of rental housing while being present in all regions of Quebec.

23 November 2012
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