Québec solidaire wants to improve the law protecting senior tenants

Québec solidaire wants to improve the law protecting senior tenants

Québec solidaire spokesperson, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, in front of the Mont-Carmel seniors' residence.

Québec solidaire (QS) wants to improve the “Françoise David law” which protects senior tenants against evictions. The bill aims to revise the criteria of the first law proposed by QS and passed in 2016.

The first law was adopted unanimously in 2016. It protects seniors over 70 with a maximum annual income of $32,000 and who have lived in their home for more than 10 years. Québec solidaire wants to go further, by reducing the age of eligibility and the time of occupation of housing, and by raising the maximum salary.

“We must ensure that Quebec seniors can age in dignity and security. […] This morning I am extending my hand to the Prime Minister. I ask him to work with us to pass the bill […] which modernizes the Françoise David law”, declared Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for the party.

QS announced its bill in front of the Mont-Carmel residence in the Ville-Marie district. The tenants of this residence for the elderly (RPA) are waging a legal battle not to be evicted. They also want to preserve the adapted services offered there. RPA residents were present during the announcement.

We are currently facing an epidemic of eviction of seniors in Quebec.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire

In its bill, QS wants to lower the age limit. The new law would concern seniors aged 65 and over. In addition, seniors will now have to have an annual income of less than $48,000. They will have to reside in their accommodation for five years or more. And time is running out, according to François David, former QS co-spokesperson and instigator of the first law.

“It took two years to unanimously adopt a law with three articles, but whose meaning was clear. We do not have the right to evict an elderly person from their home when they have been living in their home for some time and their income will not allow them to find comparable housing.”

Insufficient, says the RCLALQ

For the Regrouping of housing committees and tenant associations of Quebec (RCLALQ), the bill is “insufficient”. The RCLALQ welcomes this bill positively. However, this would not be a long-term solution to protect senior tenants.

He wants evictions to be banned and a moratorium to be put in place on repossessions.

“Senior tenants are among the first to be targeted by these requests from landlords,” explains RCLALQ spokesperson Marjolaine Deneault.

According to the RCLALQ, the increase in eligibility is a good thing, but it is not without consequences, as the first version of the law would have shown. One of the consequences would be the creation of a “wave of fear” on the part of landlords with regard to senior tenants.

“What we see is that there are landlords who refuse to rent to seniors for fear of being “taken with these tenants for life,” explains Marjolaine Deneault.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing did not react directly to QS’s announcement. However, he let it be known that a bill on this subject will soon be tabled.

“Among other things, we want to better protect seniors who are tenants and preserve the stock of social and affordable housing […] This is also why we intend to submit a project very soon,” said Minister Laforest's office.

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