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My name is Laura and I post under my name on the Manitoba Landlords Forum. I’ve been active there for years to try to help other tenants and give some of my advice to help small landlords too.
These are crazy times for everyone.
And while tenants are suffering it’s also important to know your landlord might be suffering too. This pandemic is hurting everyone.
We Need To Stick Together
I used to own a house and we rented our basement out years ago and it really helped us cover our mortgage. When my husband died my children were grown so I decided to sell the house and rent.
Renting has a lot of advantages.
I don’t have to worry about any maintenance issues and my landlady has a service to cut the lawn and plow the snow. My landlord cover my utilities so she can get just one payment each month to keep things uncomplicated.
My landlady is a teacher and her husband has his own contracting company and they are terrific.
“Are You Going To Pay The Rent?”
When all this chaos started in March and the government said “tenants don’t have to pay rent” my landlady called me and asked me if I was going to pay the rent.
I told her “of course I will”. She was thankful and said if I needed a break just call her.
My Landlady Is Professional and Kind, And I Make Paying Rent A Priority
I’m in a pretty good situation where I don’t need to worry about buying food and my children are adults now. I know others might not be as safe as I am.
I’m going to pay the rent not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because I want to keep my excellent relationship with my landlady and know that if I don’t pay rent it could hurt her financially (and even lead to her selling this place).
Pay You Rent And If You Can’t Call Your Landlord
My landlady isn’t some big global corporation. She and her family invested and thanks to them I have a great place to stay at a great price.
Rent Strike Hits Small Landlords, Not The Corporate Landlords
-Not paying rent will just get rid of the small nice landlords who care about you.
-Not paying rent will not impact the big heartless corporations.
-The whole “rent strike” people are likely corporate landlords who want to get rid of small landlords who are their competition. At least that’s what I think.
Stay Home and Stay Safe!
I’m so happy to have a great rental with a great landlady. I feel safe and don’t ever want to move.
With Love And Wishing Everyone Stays Safe,
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.
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.