The building, located at 3485 Avenue Papineau, is owned by Jeremy Kornbluth and Brandon Shiller, who were responsible for the rent hike that forced Le Cagibi out of the Mile End. Shiller's father's real-estate firm — Shiller Lavy Realties — was also recently in the news for hiking up the rent at the Mile End's S.W. Welch bookstore.
Tenants received "Avis de réparation ou d’amélioration majeure" letters signed by Kornbluth on March 30 and are being given until June 30 — exactly three months, which is the legal minimum requirement — to completely vacate their apartments.
In an April 1 Facebook post, a tenant named Jean Bellefeuille noted that residents include elderly people, families and a pregnant woman.
According to the letters, tenants will receive the equivalent of three months' rent in compensation.
However, Daniel Garcia, who has lived in the building for eight years, told MTL Blog the offer did not take his indoor parking spot into account, nor the fact that rent has increased in the area in recent years.
"I pay $975 per month plus $90 indoor parking [...]. We are a family that works and studies in the neighbourhood and to relocate to a four-and-a-half would cost us $1,500 minimum without parking," he said.
Another tenant, Gregory Krief, said, "it will be very complicated to find an apartment [...] especially in this period of a pandemic and housing shortage."
Is it a renoviction?
"It is important to note that there is no eviction and that this is a temporary situation. Tenants will be able to return to their homes as soon as the emergency repairs are completed and the building is in safe condition," said Shiller in a statement provided to MTL Blog.
Tired of your wages being devoured by your rent? It may be time to move to Quebec City.
The provincial capital has been named the least expensive place to rent out of the top 24 most populous metropolitan areas in Canada, with a one-bedroom apartment going for a very reasonable $790, according to Zumper's monthly Canadian Rent Report.
That's $90 cheaper than the next most affordable city, St. John's, N.L. — where the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $880 — despite Quebec City seeing the largest monthly rental growth rate in the country at 5.3%.
On the other end of the spectrum, Vancouver and Burnaby, British Columbia, have been deemed the most expensive cities for renters, where you can expect to pay $2,000 and $1,750 for a one-bedroom apartment, respectively, knocking Toronto out of the top two spots, "for the first time ever," according to the report.
In Montreal — the eleventh most expensive city on the list, just behind Hamilton and Kitchener, Ontario – median rent for a one-bedroom apartment was down 5.6% from last year at $1,360, while rent for a two-bedroom was unchanged at $1,800, according to the report.
But overall, rent is going up: "16 cities experienced rents on an upward trend, 5 markets went downward, and 3 remained flat. The Canadian rental market seems to be recovering steadily as the trend of growing rent prices in the majority of markets has continued from the previous 2 months," the report states.
The 100,000 square-foot residence is designed specifically for 300 students, built with custom storage and a workstation in each room, along with two shared study rooms, colour schemes tailored to students' preferences and custom furniture by Werkliv.
Le Mildoré will be the tallest residential building in Montreal to be built of steel instead of concrete, and will only have bicycle parking. The temperature in each apartment will be controlled by a heating and cooling system that uses the building's water supply.
Rent will start at approximately $885 monthly per student, minus expenses.
"These were not cute storybook Eric Carle's 'hungry caterpillar' but rather something out of a horror movie," she said. "One or two would be sweet but to see each tree coated with these critters made us uneasy."
Experts told MTL Blog the bugs are most likely LDD moth (Lymantria dispar dispar) caterpillars, an invasive species that has been defoliating trees and pooping everywhere across Quebec, Ontario and the northeastern United States this year.
The moths, commonly known as "gypsy moths," were first brought to North America in 1869 by French artist Étienne Trouvelot, according to an online resource from the University of Wisconsin.
Without "many natural enemies," the moths were able to expand beyond Trouvelot's suburban Boston backyard to become "one of the most important insect pests of forest and shade trees in the eastern United States," the university explains.
McGill university insect pathologist Dr. Gary Dunphy told MTL Blog that, due to the natural ebb and flow of the population, LDD moth outbreaks occur every seven to 10 years.
They like trees such as oak, white pine, white spruce and birch, according to a fact sheet from the Invasive Species Centre.
Also, the caterpillars' tiny bodies are covered in hairs, called setae, which can cause a rash "somewhat like poison ivy," in some people, though it can be treated with antihistamines and over-the-counter medication, said Dunphy.
"The setae or hairs of the insets may elicit rashes several months after the larvae are gone, the hairs being entrapped in tree bark," he said.
They also poop everywhere and their feces, known as frass, makes an audible sound as it falls like rain, covering outdoor furniture, clothes and hair.
Like all LDD moth outbreaks, this year's problem will take care of itself as fungal and viral infections reduce their population, entomologist Gard Otis told MTL Blog.
"But we don't know what next year will bring," he said. "We don't know if the virus is going to sweep through this year and kill them. Or if we're going to have another high number next year before the virus takes them down."
Some communities spray a bacterial insecticide called BTK to control the pests, which "though totally harmless to your pets, to your children, and to yourself," can harm the food chain as it kills all moth and butterfly species.
"That's the insects that provide all the food for your little baby birds," said Otis. "Most of the songbirds here are feeding their young with caterpillars. So, what are they going to feed on?"
He said a more environmentally-friendly defence involves wrapping a burlap sack around the trunk of any tree in need of protection.
"What happens is the caterpillars crawl down out of the tree and rest on the trunk in the daytime. And they like to hide so they hide in the burlap and then you just shake them off into soapy water and that kills him," said Otis.
"So, if you have a few trees that you're worried about, you could do that and cut the infestation back to the point where it's not going to seriously harm them."
As for the caterpillars' long-term effect on the trees, themselves, Otis suggested that repeated visits can cause some damage.
"You have too many gypsy moths for too many years, a few trees will die, but most of them will bounce back."
Narcity may receive a small commission if you purchase something we recommend in this article, which was created by the Narcity Shop team.
Not everyone likes to stay in the same place for too long, which is why companies like Outdoorsy are offering people the chance to rent RVs while on vacation.
It’s a great way to see more of Montreal and surrounding areas during Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
You can go jet skiing on the St. Lawrence River or tour the Boucherville islands for the ultimate summer excursion. At the end of the day when you’re tapped out, you don’t have to waste time driving back to the hotel because your temporary home is parked right there! Plus, you can bring your pup along for the ride as most RV rentals are pet-friendly.
Details: This 4x4 is perfect for a family or two couples travelling together. You can take this van out to Parc Maisonneuve, where you can literally hang out with sheep, or drive out to the Botanical Garden to spend the day with the blooms of the week.
Details: For a romantic weekend getaway, you and your partner head over to Mont St-Grégoire, about a 45-minute drive fom the city. It's a quiet, gorgeous place to be if you want to unplug and get lost in nature.
Details: This vintage Volkswagen hasn’t lost it’s magic. It’s ideal for venturesome thrill-seekers who plan on bringing their mountain bikes down to the Mont-Royal Bike Path or Parc Angrignon which is an even longer path.
Details: After swimming in Lac-Saint-Joseph all day, you’ll appreciate cooling off at home base. This camper van has a retractable awning so you can enjoy a little coffee break in the shade. The next day, you can drive over to Notre-Dame-de-l’Ile-Perrot to go berry picking at Quinn Farm and you’ll have plenty of storage space in the vehicle to bring back all that fresh fruit.
Details: For those on a budget, it’s good to know you have options that are less than $100 a night. If you have your own vehicle, you can rent and tow a trailer like this one. It’s 12 feet long and comes with everything you’d ever need. It even has a mosquito net on the kitchen door so you don’t have to worry about annoying bugs coming in.
Details: if you’re all about aesthetics, this turquoise Boler from the ‘70s is a total dream. Think of all the cool photos you can take when you park it just outside Le Massif, located in the Laurentian Mountains, or Mont Sainte-Anne that offers breathtaking views of Quebec City. If you want to travel around in this vehicle, it does require a minimum of three days for you to book it.
Details: For a little more wiggle room, especially if you’re travelling with a group of friends, this 2020 motorhome is the way to go. From Montreal, you can all head out to Masonville and hike through Owl Head before venturing out to Lac Morency in Saint-Hippolyte, QC for some water sports the next day.