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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 Landlord Rent Increase 2019

Friday, October 12th, 2018

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 Question – How Much Can I Raise the Rent in 2013?

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

January 6th, 2013

Manitoba landlords how much can I raise the rent 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.