The coming weeks can be a stressful or relief period of the new year as many tenants in Park Extension will receive an eviction notice or resumption of housing. The City of Montreal is deploying an awareness campaign aimed at better informing them of their rights as well as the resources available to them.
The campaign, launched on the City’s social networks as well as on Montreal.ca, reminds tenants of the importance of protecting themselves as the shortage of affordable housing persists in the city and that some tenants may have difficulty asserting their rights due to the complexity of the legal framework.
“We are asking, again this year, landlords to comply with the rules on housing law. This is what is done by the majority of them and we thank them. However, a minority of landlords do not respect the rules, which has significant impacts on the lives of their tenants. Our administration is resolutely committed to supporting tenants through multiple initiatives. Informing them of their rights is an essential gesture to protect the affordability of our metropolis,” declared Benoit Dorais, responsible for housing and vice-president of the executive committee of the City of Montreal.
In recent years, the City of Montreal and its boroughs have multiplied their efforts to protect affordable rental housing, including rooming houses, from the increasingly widespread renovating of dwellings. The City also unveiled its Responsible Landlord certification project last winter to better protect tenants. The start of its deployment is scheduled for 2023
According to its press release, the City of Montreal intends to continue working with the Government of Quebec to find the best solutions to better protect tenants.
Resources for tenants
There are 2 major organizations that will be able to inform tenants and, if necessary, support them in their efforts:
Regroupement des comités logement et associations de locataires du Québec : 514 521-7114
Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU) : 514 522-1010