For a second year in a row, the RCLALQ has compiled tens of thousands of rental listings from the site Kijiji. Last year we were talking about skyrocketing rents due to a sharp increase in house prices. Since then, the situation has far from improved in Quebec. On the contrary, skyrocketing rents are now a widespread phenomenon across the entire province. How Did it Come to This? Because even though Quebec’s Housing Tribunal (TAL)affixes a median percentage increase each year to guide landlords, they are under no obligation to comply. Because it is tenants who bear the burden of evaluating whether the rent increase requested by the landlord is reasonable They must make this judgment without having access to the invoices that support the expenses
Problems with Housing?
The Coalition of Housing Committees and Tenants Associations of Quebec’s (RCLALQ) principal objective is to advocate for the right to housing, and to act as a political spokesperson for tenants, in particular low-income households. Furthermore, it mobilizes people to take action on housing rights related issues through popular education and public awareness campaigns. Finally, the coalition supports tenants’ rights through informing, training, and disseminating legal, political, and social content. It also promotes the right of association by supporting the work of its members and the creation of new tenant rights groups. However, the RCLALQ does not offer individual tenants services. It is the housing committees and tenants’ associations located across Quebec that are best placed to offer personalized assistance to tenants who wish to defend their rights.
We also promote the right sof association by supporting the work of our members and the creation of new tenants’ rights groups.
However, RCLALQ does not offer individual service to tenants. Our housing committees and tenants’ associations located across Quebec are best placed to offer personalized assistance to tenants who wish to keep their rights.