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Welcome to the Fort Richmond and University Heights neighbourhoods!

You Have Rights!

Safe Living Conditions

Most TENANT EVICTIONS occur in Fort Richmond and University Heights because the landlord is not meeting Province of Manitoba Building and Fire Safety Codes.

  • As a tenant you have the right to live in a safe room/house, you will be EVICTED if the room/house in which you are living is unsafe.
  • Basement bedrooms must have windows must have an unobstructed area of 3.77 square feet (0.35 square metres).
  • Smoke detectors need to be working. If you are renting a single room a smoke detector is required in the room.
  • Homes should be free of rodents.

Income Tax Refund

As a student & tenant, you can claim the Manitoba Education Property Tax Credit  if you are a resident of Manitoba at the end of the tax year, and if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • you paid rent on a principal residence in Manitoba;
  • your occupancy cost was more than $250; and
  • you were 16 years of age or older at the end of the year.

Ensure you get a receipt from the landlord or you will NOT be eligible for a tax credit!

You have a right to a receipt for your rental payments!

Ensure you get a receipt from the landlord or you will NOT be eligible for a tax credit! If you need assistance, here are some suggestions:

You Also Have Responsibilities!

The homeowners who reside in Fort Richmond and University Heights are working hard to ensure the neighbourhood is a vibrant, safe and diverse neighbourhood where people take pride in their property, and work together to foster a strong sense of community. A lot of homeowners have lived here for 30+ years, and they take great pride in maintaining their homes and yards.

The City of Winnipeg regulates the maintenance of properties and other aspects of a neighbourhood in order to develop and maintain safe, orderly, viable and sustainable communities and to promote and maintain the health, safety and welfare of residents.

As a resident in the neighbourhood, it is your RESPONSIBILITY to respect and abide by the Winnipeg Neighbourhood Liveability By-law as well as the Winnipeg Zoning By-law. Fines charged by the City of Winnipeg or Province of Manitoba may result if tenants do not comply with by-laws.

Yard Maintenance

Your rental lease agreement should clearly state the arrangement you have with the landlord regarding WHO is responsible for house repairs, lawn mowing, garbage removal, and other maintenance aspects related to renting a property.

If you are not clear on your responsibilities, contact your landlord or the Provincial Residential Tenancy Branch

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Loud Noise

Certain activities that cause excessive noise within 150 meters of a residential property are restricted:

  • No loud noise before 7:00 am. and after 9:00pm. Monday to Friday
  • No loud noise before 9:00am. and after 9:00pm. Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays.

Long Grass

We would appreciate if you could cut the grass.

The City of Winnipeg’s Neighbourhood Liveability By‐Law (Pg 51) that states grass cannot be longer than 15 centimeters (6 inches) in the front and back yards of a house and on the boulevard.

Parked Vehicles

It is against the law to park vehicles on the front grass lawn of a house in the City of
Winnipeg.

A maximum of 4 cars may be parked on a property. Cars in excess may be ticketed by the parking authourity.

Garbage

CITY OF WINNIPEG GARBAGE & RECYLING PICK UP EVERY FRIDAY
The City of Winnipeg’s Neighbourhood Liveablity By‐Law (Pg 35) aims to ensure excessive garbage does not pile up in a yard to avoid wild animals, disease, and fire hazard.
Garbage is picked up every Friday if properly sorted and put out in the appropriate bins.

  • Recycling in the blue, garbage in the grey.
  • No plastic garbage bags, not in the bins
  • Garden waste in open containers.
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Open Fires & Fire Pits

Fires of any kind must be constantly supervised by an adult and be at least 3 metres (10 feet) from any flammable items. Fire pits cannot be close to fences or vehicles.

Possible Consequences for Non Compliance to City Bylaws

Unsafe living conditions may result in eviction orders from the fire department, or bylaw officers.

  • If the grass is not cut, a City of Winnipeg By‐Law Enforcement Officer will come to the house and issue a Compliance Order to cut the grass within approximately one week. If the grass is not cut, the City will cut the grass and place a fee on the home owner’s tax bill. The fee could be upwards of $250.
  • Garbage complains may result in fines of up to $250.
  • Vehicles may be ticketed by the parking authourity.
  • Unsafe backyard fires may result in Fire Department or Bylaw Officers compliance orders and fines.
  • Undo noise may result in Police visits.