Section: Word of the editor
The month of January usually is the beginning of the new rental housing season. Last year’s figures from the CMHC tell us that nearly 20% of the tenants who took a rented accommodation were 1st time renters of a home.
Obviously, there is the qualification process of the tenant that must be carried out correctly, but there is also an information procedure towards the tenant who is living in a rental building.
A new form of lease is currently being adopted by the Government of Quebec. This new form resembles the previous one but several changes have been made in the draft reproduced below.
Several recommendations we made were included in this lease, although we continue our initiative with the Government. We are pleased to see in the lease, the solidarity clause between the tenants which allows to hold responsible each one of the tenants for the total amount payable, whereas before we had to add it.
The combination of the large inventory of unsold condos and the interest of many to invest in real estate are the source of a new rental supply in Quebec.
Like it or not, this situation affects us all. There is unfortunately nothing one can do, no selection of tenant or possible prevention. The number of calls we receive with respect to bedbugs does not stop growing! Our tenants are well aware of the problem and denounce the situation faster to us. For some others the fear that the bedbugs will spread and come to their own home is a source of concern.
Recently, a building caught fire due to a gas cooker (BBQ) which was on the balcony when it fell.
The fire then spread to the interior of the dwelling causing damage to the building.
In many cases, the municipality prohibits, in the municipal regulations, the use of such a device on the balconies of our buildings. If this is not the case you can provide it in the building regulations that you submit to your tenants before signing the lease.