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.
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?