You Have Rights!
Safe Living Conditions
- 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
- 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:
- The University of Manitoba Students Union assists students in filing their tax returns. Most students are eligible for a tax refund.
- International students can also contact the University of Manitoba’s Centre for International Students for assistance on their tax returns
You Also Have Responsibilities!
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.
If you are not clear on your responsibilities, contact your landlord or the Provincial Residential Tenancy Branch
- 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.
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.
A maximum of 4 cars may be parked on a property. Cars in excess may be ticketed by the parking authourity.
CITY OF WINNIPEG GARBAGE & RECYCLING PICK UP EVERY WEDNESDAY (YARD WASTE EVERY OTHER WEEK DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS)
The City of Winnipeg’s Neighbourhood Liveability 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 Wednesday if properly sorted and put out in the appropriate bins. To verify your garbage, recycling and yard waste day, please visit the City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department.
- Recycling in the blue, garbage in the grey.
- No plastic garbage bags, not in the bins
- Garden waste in open containers.
Open Fires & Fire Pits
Possible Consequences for Non Compliance to City Bylaws
- 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.