Abusive rent increases: homeless families as July 1 approaches in Quebec

Abusive rent increases: homeless families as July 1 approaches in Quebec
Abusive rent increases: homeless families as July 1 approaches in Quebec

About sixty households have still not found where they will live as of the 1is July in Quebec City, three times more than last year, when requests for housing assistance are on the way to reaching a new high.

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“It creates terrible stress for families who go through this kind of situation and it can affect many other facets of their lives,” explains Jonathan Carmichael, community organizer at the Office of Animation and Housing Information of Metropolitan Quebec (BAIL).

In 2020, 273 people had asked for help from the Office municipal de d’habitation de Québec (OMHQ) to find housing and avoid ending up on the street on 1is July. A peak in more than 10 years.


But it risks being exceeded again this year since already 237 requests have been made. Of this number, 57 households still do not know where they will sleep in ten days, whereas they were only 17 at the same date last year.

Rent increase

“It’s really worrying because it’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are many people who are not aware of the help that is available, ”emphasizes François Dignard of the Quebec Housing Assistance Committee.


However, even if the market is still very tight, the apartment vacancy rate increased slightly in Quebec City, going from 2.4% to 2.8%. In fact, the problem lies mainly in the increase in the price of rents, according to several committees.

The latter has officially climbed an average of 2.8% in one year, to $ 876, but the available housing is often much more expensive.

“It is not uncommon to find family housing in central Quebec City neighborhoods that can be rented for $ 1,600,” says Véronique Laflamme, of the Popular Action Front in Urban Reorganization (FRAPRU).

Solutions

And that’s not to mention the increasing pressure on tenants.

“There are about two to three times more calls denouncing renovations or abusive rent increases and other schemes to evict tenants than in recent years”, specifies Mme The flame.


The OHMQ, however, ensures that no one will sleep in the street and that solutions will be found if no accommodation is ever accessible. Staying with a friend or relative for a certain period of time or even emergency hotel accommodation are not excluded.

– With Elsa Iskander

Requests for assistance in finding accommodation

  • 2017: 17
  • 2018: 39
  • 2019: 75
  • 2020: 273
  • 2021: (in progress): 237

Vacancy rate (%)

In Quebec

  • 2019: 3,3
  • 2020: 2,4
  • 2021: 2,8

High City

  • 2019: 2,5
  • 2020: 1,2
  • 2021: 3,5

Lower Town

  • 2019: 2,4
  • 2020: 1,9
  • 2021: 2,2

Sainte-Foy

  • 2019: 3,9
  • 2020: 2,0
  • 2021: 3,1

Average rent

  • In Quebec City: $ 876 (+ 2.8%)
  • Upper Town: $ 956 (+ 2.8%)
  • Lower Town: $ 746 (+ 2.5%)
  • Sainte-Foy: 900 (+ 4.1%)

Source: OMHQ and SCHL

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