The average price of rents increased by 6% everywhere in Quebec in 2020, which deprives citizens with a viable salary of finding decent housing at a reasonable price.
The results of Rental Market Report published Thursday by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) confirm that available housing remains inaccessible for many.
“I visited two dilapidated homes that smelled of fungus and mold. We’re talking about little 4 and a half at $ 905 per month, nothing included, ”says Alexandre Robillard, a construction worker looking for a“ safe ”apartment in the Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie neighborhood in Montreal, to him and his two boys aged 3 and 5.
To live decently in the metropolis, a single parent must plan an annual income of $ 39,099, according to the Institute for Socioeconomic Research and Information (IRIS).
However, Mr. Robillard’s average salary is $ 42,500.
“As long as I pay $ 1,000 for a slum, I’ll put 300 more and I’ll cut somewhere,” he said. Like going to the dentist for an emergency. “
Across the province, soaring rents continue.
In Quebec City and on the South Shore, the average cost for housing is $ 874, an increase of 2.7%, the largest since 2011.
In greater Montreal, the average rent is $ 891 per month, up 4.2%. This is the biggest increase since 2003.
But “for people forced to move, it is extremely difficult to find a home at a decent price, adds Véronique Laflamme, spokesperson for the Popular Action Front in Urban Reorganization (FRAPRU). Those available for rent are much more expensive than those already rented ”.
In Montreal, where the gap is greatest, the rent for a 4 and a half inhabited is currently $ 895, on average. For an available apartment of the same size, the price jumps to $ 1,304 per month, according to CMHC.
“It’s 46% higher! », Denounces Mme The flame.
More housing for rent
The COVID-19 pandemic has inflated the housing vacancy rate in greater Montreal.
By going to 2.7% in 2020 (+ 1.2%), the available rents should have been cheaper. However, the opposite has happened.
And for the head of the Housing Committee of the Petite Patrie, Martin Blanchard, this rising vacancy rate is “completely artificial”.
Airbnb-style apartments put back on the rental market, students leaving the city and declining immigration rates have driven up the number of available units in Montreal. “But when the pandemic is going to end, it will all come back as before”, summarizes Mr. Blanchard.
Average rise rents
In census metropolitan areas (CMAs)
- Gatineau: 7%
- Montreal: 6%
- Quebec: 4%
- Saguenay: 3%
- Sherbrooke: 3%
Source: Regroupement of housing committees and tenants associations of Quebec (RCLALQ)