A group of tenants calls for vigilance in the face of rent increases in Quebec in 2022

A group suggests that tenants carefully examine their notice of rent increase and refuse any increase deemed excessive, Wednesday, shortly after the Administrative Tribunal of Quebec unveiled its average increase estimate.

The Regroupement des Comités Logement et Associations de Tenants du Québec notes in a press release that the rates “are not respected from the outset by the landlords” and reminds tenants that all uncontested rent increases are legal even if they are higher than the percentages indicated by the Administrative Housing Tribunal.

The association asks Quebec to “make the use of these rates mandatory” in order to curb rent increases in Quebec.

“Contrary to what the government of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) claims, there is no rent control in Quebec since the weight of the calculation of rent increases rests on the shoulders of the tenants”, adds the association.

According to the court’s calculations, the basic increase would be, for example, 1.28% in 2022 for unheated housing, to which could be added an amount for an increase in municipal taxes or for major work.

In an example provided by the court, a rent set at $1,000 for an unheated unit with a 5% increase in municipal taxes and no major renovations would increase to $1,020 in 2022.

For heated owner-occupied dwellings, the basic rates of increase are set at 1.34% for those heated by electricity, 1.91% when heated by gas and 3.73% when they are heated by electricity. are oil-fired.

In a separate statement, the Popular Action Front in Urban Redevelopment (FRAPRU) agrees with the group’s proposals and stresses that “one can refuse a rent increase and stay in one’s accommodation”.

The organization believes that the pandemic and the “shortage of rental housing”, in particular affordable, risk leading landlords to “take advantage of the situation” by asking for “abusive increases, while waiting for tenants to comply for fear retaliation such as harassment”. or even expulsion.”

NOT HIGH ENOUGH, OWNERS SAY

For a group of landlords, the rent increases issued by the court on Wednesday are “not high enough when inflation has had such an impact on landlords over the past year”.

The Corporation of Quebec Real Estate Owners (CORPIQ) estimates that in the event of a dispute, a landlord could obtain a judgment allowing him to increase the rent by approximately 2%, but that it could go up to 5% s ‘he increases in municipal taxes, insurance and energy costs are “more pronounced.”

The association says the increase in base rent is “well below headline inflation”, while inflation “just skyrocketed”.

“Material and labor costs have boosted maintenance and renovation spending by about 25% this year, after the first year of the pandemic which had already inflated construction costs writes CORPIQ. “Unfortunately, grid computing continues to penalize homeowners and discourage maintenance and renovation.”

The Administrative Housing Tribunal has an interactive form on its website to calculate a rent increase.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published in French on January 19, 2022.

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