Montreal, June 2, 2023 - We are only a few weeks away from Quebec's traditional moving season. Although the housing market is under pressure, just under 10% of tenants will be changing address over the next few weeks. While moving day usually goes very smoothly, to ensure a successful move and avoid problems, the Corporation des propriétaires immobiliers du Québec (CORPIQ) recommends a few best practices for its members. The move is one of the first steps in establishing a good relationship between landlord and tenant. Fluid communication and cooperation are essential under the circumstances.
4 suggestions to make moving easier
- As a landlord, don't hesitate to contact your tenants at least one month in advance to ask about their plans for moving day. This will make it easier to plan and coordinate the steps required to ensure a hassle-free move.
- If the outgoing tenant leaves before July 1, the landlord will have a short period of vacancy to carry out maintenance work before a new occupant arrives. By doing so, you can ensure that the property is regularly maintained and repaired, to prevent it from deteriorating completely over the years.
- To ensure that your move is as smooth as possible, take the time to remind your outgoing tenant of the importance of moving out in the morning, to enable the new tenant to move in under optimum conditions on July 1. They should also vacate most of the rooms in case the new tenant arrives before they leave. As a landlord, it's important to be on hand as much as possible to ensure that everything runs smoothly throughout the day.
- Before tenants leave, landlords should plan a visit to the property to ensure that it is in the same condition as when they arrived. This visit can help avoid disputes about possible damage that may be more than normal wear and tear. This step is necessary for everyone, especially the new tenant, who will want to move into the best possible environment.
All in all, July 1 is a significant day for thousands of people in Quebec, as they prepare to move house and change address. As the Corporation des propriétaires immobiliers du Québec (CORPIQ) has pointed out several times in the past, being a landlord involves many challenges, and certain situations can unfortunately complicate the smooth running of this day. We therefore invite residential landlords to contact municipal teams in situations requiring emergency assistance from social and community services.
CORPIQ also invites Quebec's 300,000 rental landlords to continue their usual cooperation with tenants during this moving period. A survey of 400 tenants conducted by L'Observateur revealed that 87% had good or even very good relations with their landlords. This relationship is based on a commitment on everyone's part to respect the conditions of the rental lease and use best practices to establish healthy communication between the parties. More than 1.5 million Quebec households live in rental housing, and Quebec is the province with the most renters in Canada. "The rental housing sector is going through special times, and all players must work together to ensure that the upcoming move of Quebec households goes smoothly," said CORPIQ spokesperson Marc-André Plante.
A non-profit organization that brings together 30,000 owners and managers who own close to 600,000 rental units and condos, CORPIQ has been the largest association providing services to homeowners and defending their interests for over 40 years. It serves all regions from four offices with a total of 60 employees. Quebec landlords provide housing for 1.5 million tenant households, and seven out of ten of them own a duplex or triplex.
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