Manitoba Landlords Association


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.

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Manitoba Landlord PROTECTION MEMBERSHIP 100%

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

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. One MLA member said since joining the MLA she is “making money” because her savings on credit checks is more than her one time registration fee.

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!)

Criminal Checks

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.

Insurance

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 Landlord Rent Increase 2019

Manitoba landlord rent increase 2019

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.

Manitoba Landlords and Manitoba Tenants Working Together in 2018

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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 tenantexperiences@groupmail.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!

 

The Manitoba Rent Increase Guideline is 1.3% for 2018

Manitoba landlord rent increase guideline 2018 is 1.3 percent

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 – Take Control of Your Rental Property With Tenant Credit Checks

Join the Manitoba Landlords Association and Run Credit Checks To Find Great Tenants

Join the Manitoba Landlords Association and Run Credit Checks To Find Great Tenants

 

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 Rent Increase Guideline For 2016

Manitoba landlords rent increase 2016

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.

Ontario landlords can raise the rent by 2%

2. BC landlords

BC Landlords can raise the rent by 2.9%

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?

How Much Can Manitoba Landlords Raise the Rent in 2015?

Manitoba landlord rent increase 2015

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.

New Rules For Notices for Manitoba Landlords

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Manitoba landlords should we knowledgeable about the new rules from the Residential Tenancies Branch regarding the length of time for notices to tenants.

For more details see the Winnipeg landlords website.

Landlords will have to follow new rules for notices including the following:

1. If he Landlord Decides They Want To Move Into the Rental

2. If The Landlord Wants to Renovate the Rental Property and Believes the Tenant

    Can’t Stay While the Work Is Being Completed

3. If The Landlord plans to Demolish the Rental Property

4. When The Landlord Will Convert the Unit From a Residential Rental Property to Something Different.

Make sure you contact the Residential Tenancies Branch for more information regarding the change in notice rules.

Manitoba Landlords: Rent Increase Guideline 2014

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How Much Can Manitoba Landlords Raise the Rent in 2014?

We’ve received lots of emails from landlords across Manitoba in December.

Landlords across the province are facing difficult tenant challenges and increased costs.

They want to know how much they can raise the rent in 2014.

One Winnipeg landlord emailed in saying:

“My last tenant left with rent owing and the place was a mess costing me over $5000. I rented out to new renters last year for a low price. She has now brought in several ‘friends’ to live with her and my utility costs are going through the roof? Can I raise her rent to cover my additional expenses?”

Another landlord from Brandon wrote in:

“I’m a new landlord and trying to be professional and caring. The problem is the wear and tear from my tenants is often excessive. They say they don’t mean to cause damages and I believe them. It’s just I’ve had to spend hundreds of dollars for new windows and new appliances that are suddenly always broken. What can I do?”

Rent Control In Manitoba

Alberta landlords can raise the rent as much as they want for their renters because the provincial government doesn’t control how much landlords can raise the rent.

Manitoba landlords face rent control which means the government controls the rent in our province.

This is the same as what BC landlords face (they can raise the rent 2.2% in 2014) and what Ontario landlords deal with each year (Ontario landlords can only raise the rent 0.8% in 2014 and they aren’t happy about it!)

How Much Can Manitoba Landlords Raise the Rent in 2014?

The 2014 rent increase guideline for Manitoba landlords is 2.0 per cent, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Under the Residential Tenancies Act, tenants must be given proper written notice at least three months before the rent increase takes effect.

A notice to increase rent must meet the requirements of The Residential Tenancies Act. The branch provides rent increase forms for landlords to use. In most circumstances, rents can only be increased once a year. The guideline applies to rented residential apartments, single rooms, houses and duplexes.

According to a statement from the Manitoba Residential Tenancies Branch, there are some exceptions to the guideline. These are:

1. Premises renting for $1,395.00 or more per month as of Dec. 31, 2013

2. Personal care homes

3. Approved rehabilitated rental units

4. New buildings less than fifteen years old where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit was first occupied after April 9th, 2001

5. New buildings less than twenty years old where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit was first occupied after March 7th, 2005.

What If Tenants Disagree With the Rent Increase?

Manitoba tenants can object to any increase in rent regardless of whether it is at, below or above the guideline.

Landlords can apply for a larger increase if they can demonstrate that the guideline amount will not cover cost increases they have incurred.

For more information on how to legally raise the rent in 2014 go to  the Manitoba Residential Tenancies Branch.

Tenant Screening Manitoba: Tenant Credit Checks

 November 3rd, 2013

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Tenant Screening Including Tenant Credit Checks Is the Key For Success

Small residential Manitoba landlords are being treated unfairly.

You only need to look at the ridiculous allowable rent increase guideline for 2014 which is set at 2 percent.

Where’s the Media for Small Landlords?

The only story that received much media attention recently was about heating in large buildings.

Last month, Winnipeg City Council created fine system for landlords who fail to abide by minimum heat standards

It was a huge story on CBC news.

What Does This Have To Do With Small Landlords?

Very little.

Most small landlords either :

1. Rent Out Their Basement

So of course they will keep on as they share the unit with their tenants

2. Own a Duplex or Triplex or Other Small Unit

They will certainly keep the heat on. Not only for their tenants but for the protection of their rental investment property.

No heat equals frozen pipes and potentially thousands of dollars in needed repairs to fix them.

Where Is the News About Tenants Who Cheat Landlords Out of Rent and Do Damages?

Sadly, the media usually avoids these stories, even though there are so many landlords with these challenges.

Where Is the News For All the Good Small Landlords in Manitoba?

It’s almost non-existent.

It’s politically correct to blame everything on the landlord.

Neither the media or the government will promote or protect small landlords.

Who Represents All the Good Small Landlords Out There?

We’re trying. Help us out.

It isn’t easy with the media against us.

And the old established corporate landlord groups very happy to cooperate with the government.

And who won’t dare really challenge the government policies against landlords.

What Can Landlords Do?

The key is to find good tenants and avoid the Manitoba system.

How Can I Find Good Tenants?

It’s important for landlords all over Manitoba to do proper tenant screening.

This includes tenant credit checks and tenant criminal checks.

How Can I Do a Tenant Credit Check?

Join the Manitoba Landlords Association and you have access to high quality and low cost tenant checks you can do from your own home or office computer in minutes.

Manitoba Landlords Don’t Rely On the Government For Help

Times have changed. The government is not looking out for you!

Tenant screening is the key for success.

Protect yourself. Protect your family.

Protect your rental business!

Join the MLA and start doing premium tenant screening.

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