LONGUEUIL, Qc – At the dawn of July 1, when the moving period is fast approaching, a large survey reveals that 71% of tenants in Greater Longueuil have experienced a nuisance or unhealthy problem in the past 12 months.
According to the Coalition of organizations of the agglomeration of Longueuil for the right to housing, 23% of these problems are related to pests (bedbugs, cockroaches, ants, mice or rats), and 13% have insufficient heating or defective. In addition, 11% noted the presence of mold or fungi in their accommodation.
On the other hand, the survey also indicates that 58% of the respondents indicated having at least one problem related to security in their dwelling or their building
“We hope that this unprecedented and rigorously conducted survey will serve as a reference with regard to housing issues and their prioritization on the territory for the next few years”, says Guy Lévesque, coordinator at Maison La Virevolte , a family support and support organization.
A very low vacancy rate
The data from this survey, to which 1000 tenant households in the agglomeration of Longueuil responded, concerns stakeholders in the sector, especially in the context where the South Shore is undergoing a housing crisis, with a very low overall vacancy rate .
While the equilibrium rental market rate is 3%, the City of Longueuil has a vacancy rate of 1.5%; it is 1.9% for the other cities in the territory (Brossard, Boucherville, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert).
“Unfortunately, we find that cities seem to underestimate the scale of the current housing crisis, which is exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. This will complicate the lives of tenants who plan to move in the coming weeks, ”said Marco Monzon, director of the Rive-Sud Housing Committee.
For a major development project
The Coalition of organizations of the Agglomeration of Longueuil for the right to housing claims, in light of these results, that the Agglomeration of Longueuil will soon become the scene of a major social housing development project in the years to come to increase the supply to tenant households
In addition, the Coalition hopes that the conclusions of this study will lead to the creation of a multidisciplinary committee bringing together all of the stakeholders in the field of sanitation. “To get people out of substandard housing, we estimate that it takes a minimum of 500 units per year over five years on the territory of the agglomeration of Longueuil to respond to the shortage of quality housing,” answers Guy Lévesque.
Work to mobilize tenants will be undertaken next fall with the aim of developing and implementing an action plan for the poorly housed.
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Alexandre Lampron, Local Journalism Initiative, The Canadian Press
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