Manitoba Rental Branch has announced that the rent increase guideline for 2019 is set at 2.2 percent.
That guideline applies to rent increases throughout 2019. The figure is up from last year’s 1.3 percent cap.
To increase rent, landlords must provide tenants with notice of rent increase at least three months prior to the increase. Generally, rent only can be increased once per year. The Manitoba Residential Tenancies Branch provides Notice of Rent Increase forms and other information.
According to the Rental Branch, the guideline applies to most units, including apartments, single rooms, houses and duplexes. However, some units are exempt:
Units renting for $1,510 or more per month as of December 31, 2018;
Personal care homes;
Approved rehabilitated rental units;
New buildings less than 15 years old where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit was first occupied after April 9, 2001; and
New buildings less than 20 years old where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit was first occupied after March 7, 2005.
Tenants can object to any increase in rent regardless of whether it is at, below or above the guideline. Landlords who can demonstrate that the guideline will not cover increased costs can apply for a larger increase. For more information, contact the Manitoba Residential Tenancies Branch.
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