Montreal has got a pretty good reputation of having some of the cheapest rents in Canada, but they apparently come with a cost.
Journal de Montreal probed 21 landlords in the Montreal area to find out exactly what they are demanding of their new tenants in terms of money up-front. That includes post-dated cheques, security deposits, first and last-month rent, reservation deposits, etc. All of which is illegal by the way.
Loaded with a hidden camera in some cases, JdM dispatched two separate reporters, one from France under the guise of a new immigrant, and one from Quebec, and discovered that while both were being solicited for illegal costs, the French reporter was being extorted for much more than her Quebecer counterpart in many instances.
Out of the 21 surveyed:
7 completely respected the law.
14 requested illegal costs from the French reporter,
6 of those asked for less, but nonetheless illegal, of the Quebecer.
3 did not ask for anything extra of the Quebecer
4 asked for exactly the same of both
1 could not be reached
Types of costs being requested:
$200-$700 up-front security deposit
$50-$120 fee for apartment cleaning
First and last month rent payed up-front in cash
In one case, 6 months of rent payed up-front
Many landlords felt that that these "deposits" were necessary in order to protect themselves from any loses, especially when it came to immigrants. The fact of the matter is, this practice is completely illegal.
Whether you're a local professional, a foreign student, a new immigrant, or anything in-between, here's what you need to know about what landlords are in their right to ask of you:
perform a credit check
require a endorser
ask for any payment that exceeds 1 month of rent
ask for any extra deposits other than a maximum of the first month's rent
ask for post-dated cheques
You can see the in-depth Journal de Montreal investigation here.
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Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
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An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.