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Manitoba New Home Warranty Act – Will you be Ready for it?

The Manitoba provincial government has proclaimed the New Home Warranty Act and Regulation to come into force as of January 1, 2020. As a new home buyer, a builder or a lender, you should start to familiarize yourselves with the new rules and requirements, so that you are not caught off guard.  The following is a basic overview of the new regulatory scheme: In most… Read More »

Rent Guidelines for 2018

The Manitoba Government has set the rent increase guideline – being the amount by which landlords can increase the rent of units without applying to the branch – to 1.3% effective January 1, 2018. There are certain residential units that are exempt from the rent increase guidelines, including: units renting for more than $1,475 a month as of December 31, 2017 units managed by, or… Read More »

Buying a Home: Land Transfer Tax

Land transfer tax is paid by a buyer of real estate in Manitoba. There are only very limited exceptions to the payment of land transfer tax. For example, an “interspousal” transfer of land between spouses or common-law partners is typically exempt from land transfer tax, and the sale of farmland to another farmer, as defined by the applicable legislation, who will use the land for… Read More »

Prescriptive Easements and Indefeasibility of Title

In our real property system landowners can, for the most part, absolutely rely on what the Certificate of Title says as a full and complete answer regarding rights to any particular piece of real property. Section 59 of Manitoba’s The Real Property Act says that very explicitly. It reads: Conclusive evidence — title paramount (indefeasible) 59(1)       Every certificate of title or registered instrument, as long as… Read More »

Shared Well Agreements

A feature of some (typically rural) neighbourhoods is the shared well. A shared well is a well that provides water to more than one property, usually so that the costs of installation and maintenance can be shared.  We are told that some feel having a regular flow of water that results from usage by more than one property (up to a certain point where too… Read More »

Builders’ Lien Act Considerations when Purchasing a New Home

While the purchase of a newly constructed home is an exciting time, it is important that proper consideration be given to the protections afforded both home owners and contractors under The Builders’ Liens Act of Manitoba (the “Act). Individuals or companies who perform work and/or provide services/materials on a project are able to file a lien against the property. While builders’ liens can be registered… Read More »

 
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