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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.

Manitoba Tenants Live In Fear In Government Housing

Friday, December 7th, 2012

December 6th, 2012

Tenant Erin Tilling Feels Fear In Government Provided Housing Every Night. Time For the Government to Encourage Safe Private Rental Housing Providers

What’s the Situation?

A hearing impaired tenant in government housing lives in fear each night.

How Bad Is It?

She says it’s frightening. It’s especially horrifying on week-ends.

Why Doesn’t She Move?

She wants to escape government housing but can’t find any other accommodation.

Where Is She and Why Is She So Scared?

She  lives in Manitoba Housing, apartment block at 375 on Assiniboine Ave.

She’s scared because another tenant , Hank Lecoy,was murdered last month in his apartment in the same building.

Was This An Isolated Incident?

No. She says she always sees people fighting in the hallways. It gets worse on weekends. It’s a nightmare.

Is so bad she hides in her apartment during weekends. This isn’t the only example of tenant violence in Manitoba.

How Long Has She Lived There?

She’s lived in the apartment for 3 years now. She trusts her next door neighbours. The apartment doesn’t look so bad.

It’s the lack of proper management and the violence that causes her sleepless nights.

How Much Rent Does She Pay?

Her rent is $285/month. Like all the other tenants here, the rent is paid by the government. She is disabled.

Management either doesn’t know how to evict bad tenants or doesn’t want to. The property is not professionally managed. The government won’t hire a top quality management team to fix the issues.

Tilling says people always sneak in to the building and end up staying with existing tenants. Strangers enter the building regularly.

Have There Been Any Other Tenant Incidents?

Many! A lot of tenant vs. tenant violence.

In October there was a police standoff with an man with a gun.

In 2009 a woman died after being shoved by her then boyfriend. The list goes on.

What is the Government Doing About This?

They are holding meetings. The tenant says these won’t help. And who knows what will happen there next and what the results will be.


It’s Time For the Government To Take Action and Improve Government Housing. The Government Should Also Encourage More Private Investment From Small Landlords To Increase the Affordable Rental Stock in Manitoba.


Floor Stomping Set Off by Loud Music Leads to Stabbing

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

September 6th, 2012


Floor stomping set off by loud music leads to stabbing


What Happened?

Loud music and a floor-stomping tenant led to a woman being stabbed in an Agnes Street apartment Tuesday night, police said.

Who Got Hurt?

The 36-year-old woman is in stable condition in hospital.

Police said the woman and two men were socializing in a suite while playing loud music around the supper hour.

Why Did this Happen?

A tenant directly above the group took offence to the noise and began jumping on the floor in an attempt to get the partiers to turn down the music. Two men from the party confronted the upstairs tenant, then returned to the downstairs suite, police said.

Then What?

The upstairs tenant pursued the men and forced his way into the lower-level suite with a knife, then stabbed the woman, police said.

Who is the Suspect?

A suspect was arrested near Agnes Street and Wellington Avenue about three hours later.

Who Is He?

A 42-year-old man is facing a charge of assault with a weapon. He was released on a promise to appear in court.  His name was not released.

It’s important to screen tenants.  Like our friends at the Ontario Landlords Forum show, avoid “Tenants From Hell!“.