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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,
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!
January 6th, 2013
Manitoba Landlords Can Raise the Rent 1% in 2013
Are Landlords Facing Higher Costs?
Landlords are faced with higher taxes, higher costs for heating, higher costs for hiring electricians and plumbers, higher costs for contractors doing repairs, higher costs for improving units… higher costs for just about everything involving taking care of a rental property. And we haven’t even spoken about the high cost of evicting bad tenants.
Why Has the Government Set Such a Low Rate?
According to the government, they say they “
“…understand how stressful it can be for students, seniors and low-income families to make ends meet. Rent guidelines help ensure fairness for renters.”
And What About Landlords?
Landlord concerns don’t seem to be taken seriously.
What Types of Properties Does this Low Guideline Cover?
Unfortunately for landlords and tenants the guideline applies to most residential rental properties including apartments, single rooms, houses and duplexes.
What Types of Properties Doesn’t It Cover?
It does not apply to:
1. units renting for $1,140 or more per month as of Dec. 31, 2012
2. personal-care homes;
3. non-profit housing with subsidized rent;
4. approved rehabilitated rental units
5. 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
-less than 20 years old, where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit first occupied after March 7, 2005
Can Landlords Get an Increase Above the Guideline.
It’s unclear. Landlords can apply for Above the Guideline Increase. However, as what is happening in Ontario shows this can be nearly impossible to achieve after following the bureaucratic process.
What’s the Process for Manitoba Landlords to Increase the Rent by 1%?
Tenants must receive written notice of a rent increase at least three months before the increase takes effect.
Can You Provide and Example?
For example, for a rent increase to take effect Jan. 1, 2013, tenants must receive notice by Sept. 30, 2012. With few exceptions, rent can only be increased once a year.
Can Tenants Object to the Rent Increase?
Tenants have the right to object to any rent increase whether it is below, at or above the guideline.
Objections must be made at least 60 days before the rent increase is set to take effect.
Manitoba landlords know the increased costs we face. Yet the current government doesn’t care about landlords maintaining great rentals or investing in new affordable renting housing. Manitoba landlords can only raise the rent by 1% in 2013. It’s a slap in the face to all small landlords and will decrease the rental stock in our province and hurt good tenants.
July 10th, 2012
Two Winnipeg landlords who have been criticized over the condition of their inner-city properties are now accused of suddenly evicting a young family from their unit.
Sandy Bruce and Desiree Boyd told CBC News they and their two toddlers were ordered by Kulijinder Randhawa, their landlady, to leave their rental unit in the 400 block of Victor Street on May 27.
Bruce said the abrupt eviction came after he called Randhawa to complain about a leak in the ceiling from the upstairs bathroom.
“She phoned me back and said, ‘Get the hell out of my house,'” he said in an interview. “She’s like, ‘I’ll give you back your rent money, your damage deposit — get the hell out of my house.'”
Kulijinder and Navdeep Randhawa, who own more than 40 rental properties in Winnipeg’s inner city, have been the subject of recent complaints from several former tenants who say their units were run down and poorly maintained.
Bruce and Boyd said they had moved from Poplar River, Man., to Winnipeg for school. But not long after moving to their Victor Street rental property, they said they saw exposed light fixtures, shoddy flooring, and mice chewing through the walls and ceiling.
A week after they were evicted, Bruce said the landlords have refused to refund his June rent and damage deposit.
The family, who are temporarily staying with relatives, has filed a complaint against their former landlords with the provincial government. They will appear before the Residential Tenancies Branch on June 15.
“The city should, like, take their houses,” Bruce said. “It’s inhumane how they make people live in them.”
CBC News tried to contact the Randhawas on Monday. One of their phone numbers was no longer in service, and a woman who picked up at another number said Kulijinder was not available and Navdeep was out of town.
No one from the City of Winnipeg was available for comment, but officials told CBC News they have no record of the Victor Street house.
The Residential Tenancies Branch, which handles rental issues for the provincial government, said in a statement that tenants should check its online registry before renting a unit from someone.