Landlords who refuse to improve the unsanitary living conditions of Montreal apartments will face increased scrutiny thanks to Mayor Valérie Plante.
The Plante administration is sectioning off $1 million of the municipal budget to tackle the problem of unsanitary housing and landlords who won’t make necessary improvements to rental units in Montreal.
With the added funds, the number of housing department health inspectors will nearly double, ensuring more of Montreal’s aging apartment buildings are meeting health and safety standards.
While the municipal budget won’t unveiled until Wednesday, La Presse is reporting the added funds for the housing department will be a feature of the new budget.
Housing was a prominent theme in Mayor Plante’s election campaign, with Plante promising to hire more health inspectors to combat the problem of unsanitary housing.
Plante also promised to hold bad landlords accountable, saying a registry would be created for those who did not comply with housing health and safety standards.
According to information gleaned by La Presse, Plante will be making good on this promise.
The current number of 17 city inspectors will jump up to 30 with the added $1 million in funds. A “bad landlord” registry was not reported on, but it could be in the works.
The issue of unsanitary housing is quite prevalent in Montreal, where 63% of the population are renters. During a news conference in June 2016, city inspectors said that 20% of unsanitary housing complaints were not being addressed by landlords.
Plante also promised during her campaign to increase the supply of social housing units, where unsanitary living conditions are the most prevalent.
Full details on the Plante administration’s 2018 budget will be revealed on Wednesday.