Co-ownership: tenants' worst enemy

by tanguaymarilou on October 4, 2017 - 5:24pm

The article “Embourgeoisement insidieux à HoMa?” discusses the impacts of gentrification in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Firstly, the author outlines the new phenomenon of co-propriety which lead to the loss of multiples housings in this neighborhood. Because of the steep growth in costs, housings are not affordable anymore, so people have to share their rents. This share is what describes the phenomenon of co-propriety. In other words, co-ownership is the division of a housing to make it affordable. According to a study in this neighborhood, co-ownership divides in 2 types. The authors points out the second type which may lead to some bad consequences. In effect, this kind of ownership may be considered as illegal because taxes are not shared between owners, but does not have to be declared. This type of ownership does not benefit tenants. In fact, some owners are giving compensations to tenants if they leave, but others threaten and intimidate tenants to leave. Briefly, co-ownership is the result of gentrification and prices growth and leads population of this neighborhood to leave and displace in other poorer neighborhoods.

Discussion: 

This article discusses a social issue, because many people, tenants, are affected by co-ownership and gentrification. It contributes to displacement and affects people’s lifestyle. I strongly believe gentrification should be considered as a modern problem because it affects many people. It is a widespread problem in big cities of North America, and there should be a change. Affected people manifest against it, but I keep on thinking that this will never change anything. I believe government and the mayor should interfere, because only authorities seem to make impacts. I believe that owners’ behaviors towards tenants are completely unacceptable and authorities should be more cautious and aware of what happens in those gentrified neighborhoods. Finally, I believe, gentrification is what illustrates the best our capitalist ideology which profits the wealthiest and make them control. What may be the possible solutions to gentrification?

 

Source: http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/montreal/201607/05/01-4998312-embourgeoisement-insidieux-a-homa.php

Comments

I chose to comment on your topic, because it affected an area that is known and relatively close to all of us. To me, what is interesting about this topic, is that these behaviours can easily lead to evictions with no fault by the tenant. What is described in the second example of co-ownership can only be considered as mischievous and, to me, it is a quintessential example of what gentrification is at its worst when it is not regulated. It is evident that when gentrification is accomplished against the will of the population, it can lead to a growing sens of resentment. Four year ago, this resentment was felt in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve when four upscale restaurants were destroyed and anti-capitalist graffiti posed up across the neighbourhood (Wrobel, 2014).
This all happened during the construction of large condo developments in that neighbourhood. This sens of resentment, which has lead to understandable violence, could have been avoided if the city of Montreal would have done things in a more gradual and respectful way. Respect in this scenario is maintained by involving the community in decisions that could be seen as controversial and detrimental to current residents. At least then, there is the prospect of a possible consensus that can be reached. This will lead to more sustainable development that will benefit everyone involved, because it could possibly have the blessing of different community leaders.

source: News by Michael Wrobel — Published January 17, 2014 | Updated January 21, 2014 | Comments, Pucci, M., Goldberg-Mota, Z., Vendeville, G., & Gauthier-Caron, J. (n.d.). Displaced & Transformed: The Condo Effect on Montreal | News. Retrieved October 15, 2017, from https://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/rental-housing-in-petite-patrie-cut-...

I chose to comment on your topic, because it affected an area that is known and relatively close to all of us. To me, what is interesting about this topic, is that these behaviours can easily lead to evictions with no fault by the tenant. What is described in the second example of co-ownership can only be considered as mischievous and, to me, it is a quintessential example of what gentrification is at its worst when it is not regulated. It is evident that when gentrification is accomplished against the will of the population, it can lead to a growing sens of resentment. Four year ago, this resentment was felt in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve when four upscale restaurants were destroyed and anti-capitalist graffiti posed up across the neighbourhood (Wrobel, 2014).
This all happened during the construction of large condo developments in that neighbourhood. This sens of resentment, which has lead to understandable violence, could have been avoided if the city of Montreal would have done things in a more gradual and respectful way. Respect in this scenario is maintained by involving the community in decisions that could be seen as controversial and detrimental to current residents. At least then, there is the prospect of a possible consensus that can be reached. This will lead to more sustainable development that will benefit everyone involved, because it could possibly have the blessing of different community leaders.

source: News by Michael Wrobel — Published January 17, 2014 | Updated January 21, 2014 | Comments, Pucci, M., Goldberg-Mota, Z., Vendeville, G., & Gauthier-Caron, J. (n.d.). Displaced & Transformed: The Condo Effect on Montreal | News. Retrieved October 15, 2017, from https://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/rental-housing-in-petite-patrie-cut-...

I chose your topic because we have an article in common and I find it interesting to see the
various reasons of why gentrification exists. Also, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is a
neighbourhood that is known by everyone. Therefore, it is rewarding to learn more about it.
What I find interesting and surprising is the knowledge that co-ownership can lead to this
new phenomenon. Indeed, I did not know that this was one of the reasons and reading your
article helps me to see things clearer towards it.
It is true that many condos were built in former establishments, but there are fewer evictions
and departures than in other neighbourhoods because it does not divide all the properties.
The authors of the study point out that ‘’the phenomenon of converting a building to a condo
in an undivided co-ownership, between several owner-occupiers, erodes the rental
market’’(Trottier,2016).Therefore, if the prices are slowly reducing, there is less
gentrification.
Source: Trottier, M.C. (2016). Une étude démontre l’embourgeoisement de Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Journal de Montreal. Retrieved from http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2016/07/05/une-etude-demontre-lembourge...

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