Posts Tagged ‘rental property’

Brandon Manitoba Landlord – Increasing costs for landlords makes housing less affordable

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

February 9th, 2013

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Brandon, Manitoba Landlords Letter About Increasing Costs for Landlords Strikes a Nerve All over the Province!

Manitoba landlords are facing a lot of challenges in 2013.

Landlords across the province are shocked we can only raise the rent by 1% in 2013 despite our rising costs.

Tenant on tenant violence is increasing and driving international students away from studying in our universities.

A letter in the Brandon Sun newspaper from a Brandon landlord has led to a very strong reaction from small residential landlords across the province.

In his or her letter, the landlord supportss Brandon councillors who made a good decision to accept one million dollars to sell an asset owned by the city.

He or she also specifically commended Councillor McCrae for truly representing the citizens of Brandon by making it clear any proposals on affordable housing could be decided on my council, not only by the mayor in a unilateral decision.

The letter continued…

The writer stated it was good news city council in Brandon has ruled they will increase spending for affordable housing. He or she also stated if was good for the city that there are resources available to help Brandon tenants in need.

However, the write said his or her employer supplies affordable housing for the city already. And rather than receiving support and encouragement the employer has received:

1. A large new tax increase on each unit supplied to tenants in need

2. Large new increases in costs for garbage collection.

Why did the letter get such a strong reaction?

Because Manitoba landlords are getting fed up with a government who doesn’t appreciate us. We have a growing economy and more people are coming to our province and need places to live. Yet our government leaders are treating small business landlords in a poor fashion that mirrors anti-landlord provinces such as Ontario where landlords are leaving the market instead of pro-rental housing growth provinces like Alberta.

It’s time Manitoba landlords are appreciated for being important suppliers of safe and affordable housing in Manitoba!

To discuss this and other landlord matters go to the Manitoba Landlord Forum

University of Manitoba Student Wants to Break Her Lease After Bullets Shot Into Her Rental Property

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

December 28th, 2012

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After Bullets Shot Into Her Rental, University of Manitoba Student Kate Cheng Wants the Rental Agency to Agree to Break Her Lease

Bullet Shots?


Kate Cheng is an international student studying at the University of Manitoba. Her rental property was shot at.

How Did That Happen?

Kate Cheng was about to enjoy a late night snack when she realized drywall in the apartment was falling. She didn’t worry too much at the time because she thought a neighbour must have been doing some late night drilling to put up pictures.

It was only later she realized the seriousness of the situation – someone had shot bullets into her apartment and she was lucky to be alive.

What Did She Do Next?

She called the police who did an investigation.

Where Did the Bullets Come From?

The police found the bullets came from the neighbour’s rental next door to her. The bullet when through the wall between the two units then smashed a ceiling light raining broken glass on Cheng’s bed. Unfortunately it’s all too common for tenants to live with dangerous neighbours in their rental homes.

That’s Dangerous

Cheng said she now doesn’t feel safe in the apartment.

Has She Moved?

She wants to. However she say her rental agency doesn’t agree.

Does She Have a Lease?

She has a fixed term lease until September, 2013. The rental agency said they expect her to stay until the lease is up.

Cheng says she will pay for December rent, but wants out of the lease. She wants it terminated so she can move to somewhere safer.

Is the Rental Agency Flexible At All?

The said Cheng could terminate the lease if you found someone to sublet it. She said she was moving no matter what. There are often complications when it comes to move-ins and move-outs.

Have They Had Any Success Finding Anyone to Sublet?

No, because according to Cheng everyone knows the bullet story and feels it’s an unsafe place to live. The rental agency should have been more careful in screening the other tenants and making sure they dealt with bad tenants fast.

What’s the Current Situation?

After the media became involved, the rental agency agreed for Cheng to leave at the end of January, 2013. This means Cheng will have to pay January rent even though she’s not living there and will never return.