NDP Introduce Legislation to Keep Rent Affordable

March 15, 2022  

Treaty 1 and Dakota Territory, Homeland of the Red River Métis, Winnipeg MB – As inflation reaches a 30-year high and gas prices soar, the NDP have introduced a bill to keep rent affordable for working families.  

“From the gas station to the grocery store, costs are going up and families are feeling pinched,” said NDP MLA for St. James, Adrien Sala. “The last thing Manitobans need to worry about right now is a rent increase. But unfortunately, unless we stop them, the PCs will continue their track record of approving unfair above guideline rent increases. I’m introducing this bill today to protect renters' rights and help families save for the future.” 

Bill 218 amends the Residential Tenancies Act to limit the eligible capital expenditures that permit an above guideline rent increase. This means that a landlord cannot raise rent to offset the cost of regular maintenance. The bill would also limit the immediate financial impact on renters when an above guideline rent increase is approved by phasing the increases over a period of time. Finally, the bill prevents landlords from forcing through a rent increase before it is approved.  

“It’s hard to build a better future for your family, when you can’t see past the end of the month,” said Wab Kinew, Leader of the Manitoba NDP. “This bill is part of our commitment to keep life affordable for Manitoba families. While the PCs raise hydro rates and let landlords raise rents, we’re fighting for folks who are trying to build a good life and make ends meet.”