Quebec cabin owners upset over government rent increases
Province introduces hikes for tenants on public land in 2016
Quebecers who own cabins or chalets on public provincial land are concerned about rent hikes that came into effect as of Jan.1.
The Reassembly of Public Land Tenants of Quebec (RLTP) says the increases imposed by the government for 2016 are too high.
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The organization estimates that rent will double on average for the 42,000 cabin and chalet owners across Quebec over the next five years.
Bertrand Grenier, the vice-president of the Lanaudière region of the organization, told CBC Montreal's Daybreak that the hike will force owners to sell their chalets, cabins or camps.
"Most of the owners are retired so they have a fixed income and with an increase like this they won't be able to afford to keep it," said Grenier. "They'll have to sell it."
The Quebec government says the overall increase is modest.
But André Lépine, who owns a cabin north of Saint-Raymond, says that owners already do their part in land upkeep that the government doesn't oversee including maintaining roads.
"We care for the fauna and the forest," said Lepine. "We do our best."
Grenier told Daybreak that Quebec went ahead with the increase without warning the RLPT. The two sides had been negotiating over leases for nearly five years.
"In December, with no warning, they decided these would be the new leases period," said Grenier. "It's now a regulation and we have to respect it."