Manitoba Tenant Rights & Responsibilities

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The following are the basic rights of a Manitoba tenant. They have the right to:

  • Live in a habitable rental unit. As a landlord, you’re responsible for ensuring that your tenant lives in a property that is properly maintained and in a good state of repair. Even if your tenant finds the problems after moving in, you must fix them when requested.

  • Access vital utilities. Regardless of whether your tenant has paid rent or not, you must ensure they have access to vital utilities. Examples include electricity, heat and water supply. Also, you must maintain your tenant’s home at a temperature of at least 20 degrees from September 1st to June 15.

  • Privacy. Violating your tenant’s right to privacy is a serious lease violation. You are required to provide your tenants with at least 24 hours’ notice and not more than 2 weeks’ notice before accessing their home. The entry times must also be reasonable. As per The Residential Tenancies Branch, the entry time must be between 9AM and 8PM.

  • Fair treatment. In Manitoba, it’s illegal for a landlord to discriminate against a tenant because of their disability, familial status, sex, religion, and race.

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When it comes to responsibilities, tenants in Manitoba are expected to:

  • Pay the rent on time.

  • Permit entry when requested by the landlord.

  • Notify the landlord when there is a maintenance issue.

  • Not interfere, threaten, coerce, obstruct or harass the landlord.

  • Keep the premises clean, and repair any damage arising from their negligence or carelessness.

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As a landlord, you have a right to:

  • Collect rent when it’s due.

  • Screen tenants, as prescribed under the Manitoba Human Rights Code.

  • Evict a tenant when they breach the terms of their lease or the Manitoba tenancy agreement.

  • Increase rent up-to the annual limit set by the government.

  • Access the rented premises to perform crucial responsibilities like make repairs and maintain the unit. In doing so, however, you must ensure you follow the terms of the lease.

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As for responsibilities, you are required to:

  • Ensure the property meets the basic safety, health and housing standards established in law.

  • Always ensure the property has an adequate supply of electricity, fuel, and water (both hot and cold).

  • Not to interfere, threaten, coerce, obstruct, or harass your tenant.

  • Not seize, without due process, a tenant’s property for defaulting on payment of rent or for other violations.

  • Not interfere with a tenant’s quiet enjoyment of their rented premises.

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