Welcome to the MBLA for Small Business Landlords
The Manitoba Landlords Association (MBLA) and its sister organization The Canada Landlords Association (CLA) are leading provincial and national organizations for private small residential landlords. We provide a unified voice for private landlords and promote and protect landlord interests to national and local government.
- Network with top professionals
- Get advice from experienced landlords
- Learn how the Landlord and Tenant Board works
- Meet our recommended partners
- Take part in landlord activities, social events.
- A chance to "get involved!"
You Can Join the Manitoba Landlords Association for a Low One-Time Registration Fee and Start Running Premium Credit Checks for Only $9.95/Check To Find Great Tenants.
With the current crisis going on it’s more important than ever for landlords to carefully screen your tenants. This always includes running a credit check to make sure your potential renters have a history of paying their bills.
When you join our landlord community you get multiple tools for you to succeed during good times and bad. For over a decade the Manitoba Landlords Association has been helping small landlords succeed and getting our voice heard at last.
We also want to help tenants and want to have great communication between parties and a “win win” approach. The is why we have our Pay Your Rent Campaign where we encourage tenants to cooperate with their landlord.
Make Sure A Credit Check For $9.95 Is Part Of Your Screening Process
We were the first organization to promote credit checks for small landlords in Canada. We started this over a decade ago! Our partners are very reputable and you can run a check for only less than ten dollars!
There Are Lots Of Great Tenants Out There Looking For a Great Landlord
Make sure running a credit check is part of your screening. And only for $9.95/check!
Smart Tenants Will Pay Rent & Cooperate With Your Landlord For a Win-Win Situation
Small landlords know the challenges tenants face. Because we faced them too! Many us were renters before.
We want to work with you to keep you renting from us.
Please know that just because we own a rental property, or rent out our basement, doesn’t mean we are rich. We aren’t.
Many of us are working class people who have decided to avoid the crazy stock market and buy a rental property to help us when we retire.
We need rent to be paid so we can also survive and want to cooperate with you to make sure we have a win-win relationship. We have to pay our mortgage, property taxes, insurance, maintenance.
There are calls saying “Don’t Pay Rent” all over social media
We want to make sure tenants know good landlords want to work with you for all of us surviving.
We support tenants in need, but many of us are also on the financial edge!
To prove our support, thousands of landlords and this association are lobbying both the provincial and federal government to create a nation-wide “rent bank” that will help tenants in need get grants or low-cost loans to pay rent.
This will make sure there is no “landlord-tenant” conflicts or haggling and keep landlords in business and tenants safe in their rental homes.
Something similar to the Canada student loan system where people in temporary need get financial help from the government.
Landlords want to work with tenants (and tenant groups) to make this happen. And happen fast!
Avoid The “Don’t Pay Your Rent” Memes and Media
This isn’t a poor tenant vs. a rich evil landlord issue.
It’s a working class tenant facing challenges renting from a working class small landlord who is also facing challenges.
If you don’t pay rent (like so many are saying) it will lead to eventually being evicted with large debts, and your search for a new home will include no reference and bad credit.
Good Landlords and Good Tenants Working Together
Tenants make sure you pay your rent on time, or work it out with your landlord.
Short term easy answers like “don’t pay rent” will lead to unnecessary problems for tenants a few months from now.
These groups should be joining us to lobby for a nation-wide rent bank to truly help tenants instead of wanting to “stick it to the landlord” (which only lead to legal issues down the road). But it’s so sexy to be a revolutionary, right?
If you can’t pay rent work things out with your landlord who will give you a discount or deferred payments.
Paying Rent or Cooperating With Your Landlord On A Fair Payment Plan Is the Smart Move!
With The Challenges Manitoba Landlords Are Facing These Days We Have Created A New Level Of Membership
Become A Success Member And Get Tools and Services To Help You Succeed For A Low One-Time Fee
Includes Access To the Manitoba Landlord Forum Filled With Experienced and Successful Landlords!
We’ve had many posts from Manitoba landlord forum over the past few months. While many landlords say there are lots of good tenants out there, lots posts were about challenges they are facing.
One Winnipeg landlord wrote about the problems she was having keep her rental building safe and secure. Other tenants kept finding needles and other drug equipment and threatened to all move out if something wasn’t done “immediately”.
Of course, she took the situation seriously but admitted “things can’t get fixed overnight, but the other renters don’t want to hear it.” Other landlords informed her about new “expedited eject button to evict drug users” and helped her solve her problems.
Another landlord in Brandon had a tenant break a lease and leave major damages behind. He wrote about how the tenant lied about her job and brought several people in to the small apartment. He wrote “They left the place a total mess. Garbage, holes in the drywall, plumbing all clogged, appliances damages…you name it.”
Other landlords discussed the challenges legalize marijuana will bring, especially if people light up in the unit.
Manitoba Landlord PROTECTION MEMBERSHIP
With all these new challenges our Manitoba landlord team has come up with PROTECTION Membership to help landlords succeed.
For only an affordable one-time registration fee (no yearly fee) Manitoba landlords get access to a ton of amazing tools and services that can’t be beat!
Rental Kit Library
Get all the documents you need to succeed via your own online library you can access 24/7.
Access to the Forums, Including the Private Members Forum (for verified landlords only)
Network with experienced and successful landlords and property manager to you and your rental business succeed. Only verified landlords get access to our private members forum. This means you are networking and getting help from others who ‘have skin in the game’ like you do!
Discounted Credit Checks
Get huge discounts on credit checks.
Tenant Friendly Credit Checks (With RISK SCORES from Transunion)
These are credit checks where the tenants don’t have to give you any of their personal information. Instead it all goes to TRITON who then provides it to you. It makes tenant applicants feel safe and it’s every easy to get them to pay for the credit check (and save you money!)
Times are changing and many experienced and successful Manitoba landlords are making that ‘last criminal check’ on an applicant they want to rent to. And now as member you get a HUGE discount to make sure you ad your property are protected.
Get Access to one of the best rental insurance packages in Canada. Also covers student rentals. You also get a big discount as a member
Property Management Software
Get a discount on premium property management software to help you get control of your rental business.
Become a Landlord PROTECTION MEMBER and get the tools and services you need need to succeed! All for a low one-time fee that helps us cover our costs…that’s right ONE TIME FEE!
Manitoba Landlords Can Raise The Rent 2.2% in 2019
Are you going to raise the rent in 2019 for your existing tenants?
The 2019 rent increase guideline is only 2.2%. Remember you must give your tenants at least 3 months written notice and rents can only be increased once a year.
We Invite Manitoba Tenants To Join Us In An Important Conversation On How To Improve the Manitoba Rental Industry
Experienced and successful Manitoba landlords know one of the keys to success to find good paying tenants. This is why we take tenant screening so seriously as we need to protect our investments.
We also know good tenants are looking for good landlords. The reality is while there are lots of amazing landlords there are also some who aren’t educated on their rights and responsibilities. Like in just about everything there are good and bad people in our rental industry. Sometimes tenants think we are all wealthy when we are not. Most tenants aren’t aware that landlords can only raise the rent a measly 1.3% in 2018.
Good Manitoba landlords are looking to rent to good tenants and good Manitoba tenants want to rent from good landlords. So how about this? Let’s all work together as positive forces of good and improve the Manitoba rental industry.
We are inviting good Manitoba tenants to join us in the following ways:
1. Share Your Stories and Opinions With Us
Share your experiences renting in Manitoba and you can help other tenants, landlords and educate people and play a role in improving the Manitoba rental industry.
2. Become A Tenant Community Leader for the Manitoba Tenant Forum
We are looking for 5 experienced Manitoba tenants to help run our Tenant forum and make it as helpful as possible for other Manitoba tenants to learn from. As Tenant Community Leader who will be able to invite other verified tenants to join our forum to help educate the community. The goal is to create a sophisticated place for tenants to chat with each other.
3. Provide Us With Your Ideas for Policy Changes
Do you think some things need to change in Manitoba? We invite you to share your policy ideas with us.
Manitoba Landlords and Tenants in our Manitoba Rental Community
Let’s work together in 2018 for our mutual success. Let’s improve the rental industry and play a role in forming new policies. We invite tenants to join our community. If you are interested please email us at email@example.com by January 15, 2018. Make sure you let us know about you and your renting experience and how you want to help (please note only those accepted with receive a reply).
Update on January 15, 2018
Thank you for the overwhelming response of Tenants across Manitoba! We now have filled the available positions for Manitoba Tenant Community leaders. Keep watching for our next recruitment drive!
Manitoba Landlords Can Raise the Rent 1.3% in 2018 (For Most Rental Properties)
Successful, Experience Manitoba landlords know how important it is to keep raising the rent each year in order to help you cover your costs. In order to attract tenants (and keep them) you have to make sure your property is attract, safe, and well-maintained.
This costs money and with prices going up you need to make sure you keep making rent increases even if they are minor and don’t fall behind.
How Much Can Manitoba Landlords Raise the Rent in 2016?
In Manitoba rent increases are controlled. The Manitoba Rental Branch as made the announcement that landlords can raise the rent by only 1.3% in 2018.
How Does That Compare To the Manitoba Rent Increase for 2017?
In 2017 the rent increase guideline was 1.5% so even though costs keep rising, the 2018 rent increase is actually less than 2017. In 2016 the rent increase guideline was 1.1% for Manitoba landlords.
How Can You Tell Your Tenants About the Rent Increase?
Landlords need to give your tenants notice of the rent increase by at least 3 months before the new rent will come into effect.
What Forms Can Manitoba Landlords Use To Give Notice of the Rent Increase?
You can go to the Manitoba Residential Tenancies Branch to get the Notice of Rent Increase forms.
Are Any Manitoba Rental Properties Exempt from the Guideline?
Yes, this is where Manitoba is more flexible than other provinces such as Ontario where landlords with even new build rental properties are under rent control.
In Manitoba the following properties are exempt from the rent increase guideline:
-Units that rent for at least $1,475/month as of Dec. 31st, 2007
-Personal care homes -Approved rehabilitated rental units
-New buildings less than 15 years old where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit was was first occupied after April 9, 2001
-New buildings less than 20 years old where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit was was first occupied after April 9, 2005
Manitoba Landlords Can Raise the Rent By Only 1.3% in 2018
Landlords are you going to raise the rent in 2018? Experienced and successful landlords know the importance of raising rents to make sure you can cover ever increasing costs.
Manitoba Landlords Can Make Sure You Rent To The Good Good Tenants Out There By Running Credit Checks
Experienced and successful Manitoba landlords know the importance of renting to good tenants.
After all, you have bought and prepared a great place to live with you rental property. Many Manitoba landlords were tenants ourselves at one point, or we have friends and relatives who rent now, and we know how good tenants appreciate a good landlord and a safe, affordable, well-maintained rental property
We also know how important it is for tenants to have a great landlord!
What Makes A Great Landlord?
A great landlord is just like most of the readers here. We have invested a lot of our savings into a rental property. We maintain it well and want to make it as pretty as possible.
We hope to find great tenants who will live in our rental property and be happy and appreciate the property and us, as landlords, who have invested a lot of our hard earned money to create the property.
Landlords Keep Getting Ripped Off Bad Tenants
The stories keep coming. Tenants come in, and either don’t pay rent or trash the property.
This lead many landlords to give up. They just give up or look for a better place to invest. We know of a case where a couple of Brandon landlords sold and became Newmarket Ontario Landlords and have achieved great financial success.
Did You Run Proper Tenant Screening Including a Credit Check?
Very few Manitoba landlords run credit checks and proper tenant screening on their potential tenants before handing over the keys.
Are they too trustful? Yes. You need to be very cautious and know who you are renting to. You need only to view what the situation is for Ontario Landlords to realize you need to screen carefully.
How Can Great Landlords Find Great Tenants?
A credit check will show you the financial history of a potential tenant.
Do they pay their bills on time? Have they not paid someone before? It’s a key tenant screening check!
Most Manitoba Landlord Don’t Screen Tenants And Don’t Run Credit Checks
This is the sad reality, so who is to blame when landlords rent to bad tenants? A Winnipeg landlord said she just trusts what a tenant says. She sold her rental after a bad tenant ripped her off.
How Can I Run Premium Credit Checks At A Great Price?
Join the Manitoba Landlords Association and get access to amazing credit checks at great prices.
Manitoba Landlords Can Raise the Rent 1.1% in 2016 (For Most Rental Properties)
Experienced and successful Manitoba landlords know the importance of renting out a safe and well maintained unit. An attractive rental property will lead to more qualified tenants wanting to rent from you and that will help during your professional tenant screening process.
This is why you need to make sure your rent is at a level which will allow you to afford maintenance and any repairs or improvements which may be needed. With increased costs professional Manitoba landlords have told us they need to raise rents in order to to keep up.
How Much Can Manitoba Landlords Raise the Rent in 2016?
With higher costs landlords and property investors want to know who much they can raise the rent. After all, taxes are higher, and utility bills, along with higher prices for plumbers, contractors and electricians landlords are also increasing. This means landlords need to make sure they can run a viable business and that their investment in residential rental property makes sense (and doesn’t take them to the cleaners!)
This is a similar concern for private residential landlords across Canada. Lets see how much landlords in other provinces can raise the rent in 2016.
1. Ontario Landlords.
2. BC landlords
3. Alberta landlords
Alberta Landlords are lucky as due to the free market system there landlords can raise the rent by as much as the market will accept annually (as long as they give their tenants a lot of notice).
Manitoba Landlords Can Raise the Rent By Only 1.1% in 2016
According to the provincial government Manitoba landlords can only raise the rent by 1.1% in 2016. Is this fair?
Does this cover your increasing costs to maintain a high quality, well maintained and safe property? Many landlords don’t think so. Such a low allowable increase will lead to potentially serious financial pressures on good landlords who want to take care of their rental properties, improve the quality of rental stock of our province, and take care of renters.
Are landlords truly appreciated in Manitoba?
This a question many landlords and property investors are asking. Are we truly appreciated for taking the financial risk of buying a property and renting it out at an affordable price?
With such a low allowable rent increase smart landlords know that tenant screening becomes more important than ever. Because you are not allowed to increase the rent as needed renting to tenants who don’t take great care of your property can lead to major expenses.
The good news is there are lots of good tenants out there. Just make sure you screen your tenants carefully, including running a credit check, to find them. Landlords across Canada know the importance of renting to good tenants.
Manitoba Landlords Are You Going to Raise the Rent in 2016?
The rent increase guideline for 2015 is 2.4%
New regulations passed earlier this year also strengthen requirements for exemptions from the rent regulation when landlords make renovations, and will limit how often landlords can apply for those exemptions. The changes will also spread the cost of some improvements over a longer period, which could result in smaller rent increases.
The rent guideline applies to most residential rental properties, including apartments, single rooms, houses and duplexes.
It does not apply to units renting for $1,435 or more per month as of Dec. 31, 2014; personal care homes; non-profit housing with subsidized rent; approved rehabilitated rental units; and new buildings that are less than 15 years old, where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit first occupied after April 9, 2001, or less than 20 years old, where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit first occupied after March 7, 2005.
About 1,000 more properties will be protected from large rent increases, Lemieux said in a statement.
He also said the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Winnipeg in 2014 is $751, compared with $888 in Regina, $1,087 in Calgary and $1,050 in Toronto. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Winnipeg in 2014 is $969, compared with $1,053 in Regina, $1,267 in Calgary and $1,241 in Toronto.
Landlords can apply for an increase above the guideline if they can show the guideline will not cover cost increases they have incurred.
Tenants must receive written notice of a rent increase at least three months before the increase takes effect. For example, for a rent increase to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, tenants must receive notice by Sept. 30. With few exceptions, rent can only be increased once a year.
Tenants have the right to object to any rent increase. Objections must be filed at least 60 days before the rent increase is set to take effect.