It’s moving day a little everywhere in Quebec, on Wednesday, but the COVID-19, combined with a shortage of housing, which complicates things this year.
Because the pandemic has not reduced the number of moves in this summer season. On the contrary, after a certain pause during the months of march and April, activity has resumed in the last few weeks, ” says the owner of Moving The Clan Panneton, Pierre-Olivier Cyr.
“Surprisingly, it is the same thing as last year and the other before, he notes. But usually, our peak period is between 15 June and 15 July, but here, we see a sprawl that goes on until the end of August, beginning of September.”
Pandemic requires, the movers hired are also required to take several health measures. The Clan Panneton request that only one person is present, in order to limit the interactions between the movers and the clients.
Those who prefer to call on friends and family must also comply with the health measures, for example, cleaning, comprehensive surfaces and a reduced number of participants.
“Normally, I would have invited seven or eight people, but, today, I am obliged to limit myself to three persons, as a security measure,” explains a tenant’s met on the side of Three-Rivers, where many students have packed up and left this year. Several of them have had their session cut short due to the pandemic of COVID-19. Others, whose course will be taught at a distance the next session, do not need short-term housing near the college or university.
In some residential buildings and popular student, TVA Nouvelles has been able to observe up to five moves simultaneous. What complicate the displacements in the corridors of the building.
On the 1st of July is also synonymous with the abandoned animals for all sorts of reasons by tenants. This year is no exception: the Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals (SPCA) of Montreal is once again bombarded with calls from owners unable to continue to take care of their little beast.
“This year, it’s particular, because there are several people who have lost their jobs and the vacancy rate is particularly low in the region of Montreal. What we seem to have, these are people who did not expect to find themselves in this situation-here”, explains the director general of the Montreal SPCA, Élise Desaulniers.
The vacancy rate in Montreal has been hovering around 1.4%, a never-before-seen. This situation is driving rents upwards and brings some people who have not found accommodation of the animals to turn to the shelters.
“This is often a decision heart-breaking. These people are literally in tears,” said Ms. Desaulniers.