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It’s Important To Pay Your Rent To Your Small Landlord

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

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 Face New Rules (Thanks Residential Tenancies Branch)

Friday, March 8th, 2013

March 7th, 2013

Manitoba landlords face new rules March 1st, 2013

In Spain there is a popular blessing. It goes like this “May no new things arise.” This blessing shows a belief that it is good to live in times of stability and consistency.

In China there is a well-known curse. The curse says “May you living in interesting times.” This is curse assumes times of change are not good ones.

Manitoba Landlords Get Ready. The Manitoba Residential Tenancies Branch has announced that several new rule changes passed last year went into effect last week on March 1st.

If you think the new rules help landlords deal with things like evicting bad tenants think again. Our current Manitoba government isn’t the only Canadian government that doesn’t seem very concerned about landlords dealing with violence.

So what do Manitoba landlords faces with these new rules from the Residential Tenancies Branch?

One of the new changes involved a way renters in Manitoba can challenge any rent increase they receive from the landlord. They can make this challenge even if the rent increase is only at or even below the government’s published guideline.

Since last March 1st, tenants can object to a simple rent increase for the following reasons:

1. They claim the landlord is not maintaining the rental property

2. They claim the landlord has withdrawn or even reduced a previous facility or a servce

3. They claim the landlord hasn’t been following the Manitoba Residential Tenancies Act

4. The tenants don’t believe the landlords costs have really increased.

Yes, you read #4 correctly. In this era of rising costs, the tenants can challenge the rent increase because they don’t believe the landlords costs have gone up. Gulp!

Other changes include renters will no longer have to pay for late fees for their rent if they can show the delay wasn’t there fault because it was outside of their power to do anything. For example, maybe there was a problem with the mail.

There are also huge changes for Manitoba landlords who do renovations.

The government says manyl forms have been updated for use beginning March 1, 2013.

These include:

-Manitoba landlords Notice of Rent Increase (Form 1A)

-Manitoba landlords Notice: Notice to New Tenant (Form 2),

-Lots of termination forms, including Notice of Termination by Landlord (for cause other than non-payment of rent) which is Form 10, and Forms 11A, 11B, and 11C.

Lots of Tenant Rights Changes and NOTHING for landlords.  More reason than ever before to make sure you find good tenants.

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