PL37: “clause F” on rents will be maintained at 5 years
The National Assembly of Quebec
The proposal to limit the scope of “clause F” to 3 years rather than 5 will be removed from the 37… For now. Following an amendment by the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), parliamentarians agreed to keep clause F as it was. The first years after the construction of a dwelling may thus continue to give rise to significant rent increases, up to 5 years after its construction.
The discussions surrounding this clause are simply postponed, insists the opposition party.
“Avoid jeopardize the entire bill”
This is what Bénédicte Trottier Lavoie, Minister Laforest's press attaché, said about the reasons why the parliamentarians agreed to accept the Liberals' amendment. “This is not a refusal, but at a pinch, a postponement” of the discussions on clause F, affirms the Liberal Party.
The amendment thus postpones the debates between landlords and tenants concerning this famous clause F. Several organizations, like the Parti Québécois and Québec solidaire, demanded the outright withdrawal of this clause. The government of the Coalition Avenir Québec and the PLQ leaned towards the other side.
- Clause F is the clause that allows a landlord to raise the price of rent at will if his building was built there is less than five years old.
- The right of pre-emption, meanwhile, is a right that would be granted to all cities in Quebec to allow them to match any offer to purchase during the sale of previously designated land.
The suggestion to go from 5 to 3 years will not “solve the problem”, thinks the member for Vaudreuil, the Liberal Marie-Claude Nichols. What she laments is the lack – or the absence rather – study or analysis on clause F. She therefore proposes not to study this clause “in this bill”.
According to the press secretary of the CAQ Minister Andrée Laforest “QS and the PQ refused to hear anything on the F clause “. The CAQ's proposal for this polarizing clause was to lower it from 3 to 5 years, “which would have been a significant gain for tenants without being a brake on housing construction”, defended the press officer. .
recalled, during an email exchange, “that clause F will indeed be abolished for RPAs/NPOs/COOPs for seniors, in the event of a change of assignment”.