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Rent-control guideline raised to 2% in 2014

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Manitoba’s rent control guideline is being raised to two per cent in 2014 after being held at one per cent for the past two years.

The provincial government said today the new guideline will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, and will apply to most residential rental properties, including apartments, single rooms, houses and duplexes.

Excluded from the guideline are units renting for $1,395 or more per month as of Dec. 31, 2013, personal care homes, non-profit housing with subsidized rent, and approved rehabilitated units.

Units in buildings that are less than 15 years old and were first occupied after April 9, 2001 are also exempt, as are units in buildings that are less than 20 years old and were first occupied after March 7, 2005.

The government said landlords must inform tenants in writing of a rent increase at least three months before it’s set to take effect. They also can apply for a bigger rent increase if they can show the guideline won’t cover cost increases they have incurred.

Tenants also can object to any rent increase, but their objection must be filed with the Residential Tenancies Branch at least 60 days before the rent increase is to take effect.

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