The Institution of Property Owners of Quebec (CORPIQ) revealed Monday that it will introduce its members to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct over the next year.
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“Over the next few months, next year, we will be consulting with experts. We also want to have a training plan in place,” Marc-Andre Plante, CORPIQ’s Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, told QUB Radio.
This code of ethics will frame the owners’ duties, but will also be accompanied by training and a support plan, Mr. Blunt explained.
From the tenants’ perspective, the new Code of Ethics should make it possible to file complaints against problem landlords. The Director stated that these may eventually be subject to penalties up to and including expulsion from CORPIQ.
In addition, Mr. Blunt noted, just weeks after the massive removals on July 1, nearly 44% of owners find one of their residences in a state deemed “unacceptable” after a tenant has left. In addition, 22% of renters leave without paying their last month’s rent.
When we bring it back annually, there are still 50,000 cases ending in administrative court for non-payment. It represents $250 million,” Mr Blunt lamented, demanding the introduction of a form of security deposit, a procedure prohibited by law in Quebec.