Manitoba Justice says the rent guideline for 2018 has been set at an increase of 1.3 per cent and will kick in January 1st of next year.
Determined annually based on the Manitoba Consumer Price Index, the bump in rent applies to most people renting property, which include apartments, single rooms, houses and duplexes.
However it doesn’t apply to units renting for $14-hundred 75 dollars or more per month as of December 31st this year, personal care homes, and non-profit housing with subsidized rent.
It also doesn’t apply to approved rehabilitated rental units and 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 or; less than 20 years old, where an occupancy permit was first issued or a unit first occupied after March 7, 2005.
Tenants can object to any rent increase, whether it is below, at or above the guideline, but it must be made at least 60 days before the hike takes effect.
Landlords have the option of applying for an increase above the rent guideline if they can show the guideline will not cover cost increases they have incurred.
The provincial government says with few exceptions, rent can only be increased once a year.
To find out more about the rent increases, Landlords and tenants can contact the Residential Tenancies Branch at 204-945-2476.