‘Shocking and disgusting’: Tenants face rent increases despite coronavirus crisis

Even as job losses multiply across Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic, some tenants are facing rent increases.

“It’s shocking and disgusting,” says Cameron McKay, a University of Ottawa second-year student who recently received a notice from his landlord of a 13 per cent rent hike planned for the end of the summer.

McKay, who currently pays $1,100 for an apartment he shares with two other people in Ottawa’s Theo university residence, would have to start paying $1,250 a month in order to keep his accommodation effective Aug. 31, according to documents reviewed by Global News.

 

McKay said his two roommates and other students who live in the building have also been notified of steep rent increases, even as most have returned home since universities suspended on-campus activity due to COVID-19.

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