• Steinbach 204.326.3442 - 85 PTH 12 North, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1A7
  • Niverville 204.388.9300 - Box 1120, 62 Main Street, Niverville, MB, R0A 1E0
 

2023 Rent Guidelines

Rent Guidelines

The rent increase guideline is the amount by which landlords can increase the rent of units without applying to the branch. The Manitoba Government has maintained the rent increase guideline at 0% continuing into 2023.

There are certain residential units that are exempt from the rent increase guidelines, including:

  • units renting for $1,570 or more a month as of December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2022
  • units managed by, or for, the Government of Canada, Government of Manitoba or a municipality
  • caretaker/employee units
  • life lease complexes that are run on a non-profit basis
  • rental units in hotels or motels
  • units in nursing homes or personal care homes
  • student housing
  • If a complex was built and occupied after March 7, 2005, the units are exempt from the guideline for 20 years.

Landlords are able to apply to the branch for a larger rent increase if they can show that the guideline amount will not cover their cost increases. These costs must be increases that have already occurred and not increases that are anticipated to occur.

We remind landlords to make sure that they comply with these regulations, and provide the required notices to tenants as set forth in the Residential Tenancies Act and Regulations (3 months before the rent increase can take effect).

Notice to Move Requirements

If you are a landlord and you need a tenant to move out, you must give that person a notice based on the vacancy rate in the region the unit is located.

Some examples for asking a tenant to move include:

  • You are moving into the unit;
  • Renovations to the unit, during which a tenant cannot live in;
  • Unit is being changed into something other than a residential rental unit;
  • The property is being sold.

The Residential Tenancies Branch uses the vacancy rates set out in the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s most current edition of the Rental Market Report. The following notice requirements must be given to tenants in a fixed-term tenancy (ie. one year) that coincides with the end of their tenancy agreement:

  • Hanover – 5 months
  • Steinbach – 4 months
  • Winnipeg – 3 months
  • Manitoba Average – 3 months

For tenants on a month-to-month tenancy, the landlord must give notice to move based on the vacancy rate for the region.

  • If the vacancy rate is above 3%, the landlord must give 3 months’ notice
  • If the vacancy rate is between 2.0-2.9%, the landlord must give 4 months’ notice
  • If the vacancy rate is below 2.0%, the landlord must give 5 months’ notice

There are special rules that apply when tenants have school-aged children going to a school that is reasonably close to the rental unit. Tenants are allowed to stay in the rental unit until the end of the school year (the school year spanning from September 1 to June 30) despite their tenancy agreement ending earlier. However, notice is still required 3 months before the tenancy agreement ends.

We remind landlords to consult the Residential Tenancies Branch website and comply with all of the regulations in the Residential Tenancies Act and Regulations.

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