Soaring rents continue in Quebec

Soaring rents continue in Quebec

“The soaring rents” is “far from being reduced” and “accelerating everywhere in Quebec”, reveals the latest survey by the Regroupement des committees Logements et Associations de Tenants du Québec (RCLALQ).

The RCLALQ unveiled its third annual survey on the price of rental housing on Sunday entitled “Without law or roof: investigation into the uncontrolled rental market”.

As part of this survey, more than 51,000 ads for rental accommodation on the Kijiji site were scrutinized between February and May 2022.

Between 2021 and 2022, rents jumped 9% in Quebec, according to the organization. “What worries us with these data is that regions where rents had remained relatively accessible are now very strongly affected by significant increases,” laments Marjolaine Deneault, spokesperson for the RCLALQ.

The survey shows that the increases are particularly significant for the census metropolitan areas (CMAs) of Saguenay (18.7%), Sherbrooke (26.5%) and Trois-Rivières (29.9%).

The RCLALQ is calling on the political parties to quickly implement measures to curb this surge in rents.

During the national convention of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) in Drummondville last month, demonstrators denounced the government’s passivity in the area of ​​housing.

“There is nothing to be proud of when hundreds and hundreds of households are on the verge of finding themselves homeless during the moving period,” declared Véronique Laflamme, spokesperson for the Front d’ popular action in urban redevelopment (FRAPRU).

In the context of this housing crisis, the spokesperson for Québec solidaire, Manon Massé, and the deputy for Laurier-Dorion, Andrés Fontecilla, will speak Monday morning in front of a building site in Montreal.

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