City of Montreal criticized after tenants forced from unsafe homes
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.
Their lawyer says rents have gone up in the neighbourhood in recent years and some of the tenants don’t know where to go.
WATCH BELOW: Residents evicted from Pointe-Saint-Charles building
Stephane Proulx believes they should have been given more time to move and to seek compensation from the province’s rental board.
A spokesman for the city says there was no choice but to ask the residents to leave to ensure their safety.
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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