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These Are Montreal's Worst Apartment Buildings & Landlords According To City Inspectors

You might want to avoid these buildings...
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Avoid These Apartments For Rent In Montreal's Worst Buildings Ranked By City Inspectors
  • You might want to reconsider any apartments for rent in Montreal that fall on this list released by the City of Montreal.
  • The list is made up of the worst violators of Montreal's sanitary housing laws.
  • Take a look at Montreal top 5 worst apartment buildings and landlords below, according to city inspectors.

As part of its commitment to clean and sanitary housing, the City of Montreal released data on Montreal's worst buildings, landlords and neighbourhoods who have consistently violated the city's sanitary housing bylaw. Between 2018 and 2019, the Service de l'Habitation de la Ville de Montreal conducted over 15,000 inspections in all 19 boroughs. City officials hope that this data will put even more pressure on violators and deter future violations of Montreal's housing sanitation bylaw. Take a look at the 5 worst violaters below (and consider avoiding any apartments for rent in Montreal that fall on this list).

In a press conference Thursday, executive committee members Robert Beaudry and Craig Sauvé presented the data sets "in the interest of openness and transparency." 

"With low vacancy rates, speculations, renovictions, and increasing rents, many tenants are having a hard time finding adequate housing that fits their needs and suits their budget," declared Sauvé. 

"We've massively invested in housing sanitation. This data includes the number of health inspection files, the number of units inspected by the city, and the number of non-compliances found." 

According to official data, inspectors identified more than 26,000 violations. They went to all 19 boroughs but had focused efforts in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Ville Saint Laurent, Montreal-Nord, and Ahuntsic-Cartierville. 

City inspectors also released the names of the 21 landlords and locations that committed the most violations.

"We hope that publishing this list will have a punitive effect on these owners and will have a deterrent effect on building owners who might violate the bylaw in the future," said Sauvé. 

Landlords who violate the bylaw are required to pay a hefty fine and appear in court to answer for their violations. The city hopes that by releasing this data, building owners will be held more accountable for their disregard for sanitation laws. 

Fines might not deter housing sanitation violaters, however, as many landlords own multiple properties and make immense profits. For frequent offenders, the city has other means to put the screws to them. 

"Sometimes, owners don't have a good solution or don't know what to do. The city can work with them to help fix the problems. If the city needs to do some emergency work on the building, we can charge owners for it later and fix it right away," assured Sauvé.

"If the problem persists, we can advise their creditors, which is something that sends a bit of fear into building owners. It all depends on the situation. Our objective is to make sure people have a clean and safe place to live."

Check out the five worst building owners below. 

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Here are the top five landlords and buildings who have committed the most housing sanitation violations in Montreal in 2018 and 2019.

4378962 Canada Inc.

Address: 1225 Saint-Marc St.

Number of violations: 15

Total fines: $14,200

9357-2881 QC Inc. 

Address: 3201 Henri-Bourassa E. Blvd.

Number of violations: 7

Total fines: $15,850

9216-3948 Québec Inc

Address: 3290-3300 Goyer St. & 3265-3275 Barclay St.

Number of violations: 7

Total fines: $3,500

Gestion 3201 Henri Bourassa Inc.

Address: 3201 Henri-Bourassa E. Blvd.

Number of violations: 6

Total fines: $8,500

Immo Côte-Vertu 2Ltd

Address: 325 Côte-Vertu Blvd.

Number of violations: 5

Total fines: $2,500

Does your address make the list?

You can consult the complete list of housing sanitation violaters by following the links for 2018 and 2019.

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