The "responsible landlord" certification will only apply to owners of buildings with eight units or more. The certification will be mandatory for these landlords and will cost $10 per unit, renewable every five years.
The certification will make it possible for the city to "monitor the state of the housing offered in the rental market [...] but also the price of rent," the mayor explained.
"It's both for how clean and healthy the space is [...] but also the price attached to those units."
Plante is planning to implement this measure by the "end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023."
It splits the data into six regions: Montreal Centre, Montreal East, Montreal West, Laval, Montreal North Shore and Montreal South Shore.
Here are the median real estate prices in Greater Montreal at the end of Q3, according to Royal LePage data:
Single-family detached house
Montreal Centre: $1,060,500
Montreal East: $546,500
Montreal West: $742,200
Montreal North Shore: $430,000
Montreal South Shore: $522,700
Greater Montreal Overall: $571,400
Montreal Centre: $502,200
Montreal East: $425,000
Montreal West: $410,400
Montreal North Shore: $307,900
Montreal South Shore: $330,900
Greater Montreal Overall: $410,400
Overall, the data shows that the median price of a single-family detached home increased by 2.2% compared to the three months prior (Q2 2021), and by 20% compared to the same time period last year.
The median price of a condo increased by 1.3% from Q2 and 12.2% from 2020.
In a statement, the vice-president and general manager of Royal LePage in Quebec, Dominic St-Pierre, said these are the lowest quarter-to-quarter price changes seen since the start of the pandemic, which he calls "signs of a slowdown."
Nevertheless, he said the lack of inventory will continue to put "upward pressure" on home prices, as prices continue to rise.
Montreal mayoral candidate Balarama Holness told MTL Blog he was "disappointed and saddened" by a racist and violently hateful email that was sent to him.
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The email, which he posted to his social media accounts, claims to be from a "proud Quebecer." It repeatedly calls Holness the N-word, refers to him as an "immigrant" and wishes violence upon him.
"It feels like an emotional concussion. You know, I wasn't expecting it," said Holness.
"There's a tremendous amount of pressure when you're running for mayor of Montreal and with everything going on, it did affect me. I get a lot of these things with the N-word, but never to this point of talking about suicide and giving someone a gun to shoot me [...] This was over the top."
Holness received an outpouring of support in his comments sections, as well as from his political opponents Denis Coderre and Valérie Plante on Twitter. But the email has shaken the mayoral hopeful.
"I'm not fully confident that people are ready to build a society where everyone can come as they are," he said.
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Valérie Plante has big plans for downtown Montreal if she's reelected mayor and has outlined her party's ideas for the city's economic and social recovery after the pandemic.
From free parking to planting hundreds of thousands of trees, here's what her vision for the future of downtown Montreal looks like.
Her plan, self-described as "ambitious," aims to boost what she already says has been the "best economic recovery" in Canada post-pandemic.
But while the economic aspect of downtown is looking positive, "there is still work to be done to enhance our downtown area and make it more attractive to workers, businesses, tourists, and Montrealers from all over the island," according to her party.
If reelected mayor, Plante promises to:
"support the Palais des Congrès expansion project, and consequently the covering of a part of the Ville-Marie highway;"
"offer free parking downtown on evenings and weekends in December to support our merchants during the holiday season;"
"[accelerate] construction sites and [limit] potential nuisances;"
"support the redevelopment of large offices into adequate spaces to accommodate [small and medium enterprises] and start-ups;"
make "a $1 billion investment by 2030 to develop beautiful, large public plazas in downtown, redevelop key commercial arteries and create vibrant living environments;"
"green" downtown by planting 500,000 trees in four years;
and "facilitate the transformation of vacant office space into housing."
The Montreal municipal election is on November 6 and 7.*