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The Quebec government adopted a controversial housing bill Wednesday that will restrict a popular tool tenants have used for years to limit rent increases.

The new law will allow landlords to reject lease transfers for any reason. Previously they had to show they had serious concerns about the new tenant, such as their ability to pay or problematic behaviour.

The transfer of leases allowed new tenants to benefit from the existing rent and prevented landlords from jacking up the price, but Housing Minister France-Élaine Duranceau has said lease transfers aren’t the right tool to control rents in the province.

Community groups had fought against the lease transfer change, and opposition parties proposed amendments to the bill, but Duranceau stood firm on the provision.

The Regroupement des comités logement et associations de locataires du Québec, a group representing housing groups and tenants associations from across the province, said in a statement …

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