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City of Montreal criticized after tenants forced from unsafe homes

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WATCH: Montreal housing advocates are criticizing how the city has handled the eviction of a slum apartment building. Global's Billy Shields reports – Feb 22, 2018

Montreal housing advocates are criticizing how the city has handled the eviction of a building of tenants.

More than a dozen residents in the Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood had to leave their homes Thursday, three weeks after the city sent them a notice stating the building was unsafe.

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Their lawyer says rents have gone up in the neighbourhood in recent years and some of the tenants don’t know where to go.

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Stephane Proulx believes they should have been given more time to move and to seek compensation from the province’s rental board.

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A spokesman for the city says there was no choice but to ask the residents to leave to ensure their safety.

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Jules Chamberland says the city is working with local organizations to ensure none of the tenants ends up on the street.

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