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Policy and the Corporate Landlord: The Geography of Private Rental Housing in Canada

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Policy and the Corporate Landlord: The Geography of Private Rental Housing in Canada

Brais, Hannah (2018) Policy and the Corporate Landlord: The Geography of Private Rental Housing in Canada. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

While the geography of private rental real estate investment knows no boundaries, the Canadian policies that oversee the management of these properties remain province-specific. Thus, while corporate landlords operate under national investment strategies, they naturally come into conflict with provincial policies that dictate what these companies can or should do. This thesis examines the relationship between these policies and private rental investment corporate strategy. It focuses on three large-scale property companies, and traces how their investment and management decisions are shaped by the distinct private residential rental policies of Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia. Studying the annual reports of these companies while extensively interviewing tenant advocates in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, the findings demonstrate that these landlords make a conscious use of differing policies in the three case study cities. The policies most used by corporate landlords are grouped and described in detail as follows: rent increase measures, eviction, and building and maintenance. This work demonstrates that corporate strategy for these companies is informed by the nuances, administration, and effective implementation of provincial rental policies. Additionally, this research provides a starting point for a comparative analysis of provincial landlord-tenant policies, in describing their use by corporate landlords.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Geography, Planning and Environment
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Brais, Hannah
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Geography, Urban & Environmental Studies
Date:30 April 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Rutland, Ted
Keywords:Housing Policy, Tenants, Tenants Rights, Corporate Landlords, Private Rental Real Estate Markets
ID Code:983822
Deposited By: HANNAH BRAIS
Deposited On:16 Nov 2018 16:54
Last Modified:16 Nov 2018 16:54

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