Housing Basics: What you need to know

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Housing in Manitoba: What you need to know

As a newcomer, one of your priorities could be to have your own home. But where do you start? There are a few things to know before renting or buying a home in Manitoba.

Different types of housing in Manitoba:

  1. Temporary/transitional
  2. Social/subsidized
  3. Privately-owned rental or privately-owned house
    • Rooms, apartments, and homes you see for rent or sale.
    • To know how to find them, read Housing for Newcomers. It is written in English, French, Spanish, Tagalog, Punjabi, Mandarin/Simplified Chinese, Urdu and Arabic.

Need more help?

New Journey Housing. They welcome all newcomers. They help will help you learn about renting or buying a home in Canada. They will tell you where to find good housing options.

How to find a place to live


  • Know how much you can spend for housing (you should spend less than 30% of your total income before taxes monthly).
  • Additional costs: you will also need to pay for your heat, hydro (power or electricity), and water.


  • Decide where you want to live and how many bedrooms you need.
  • Look for a good neighborhood to live in. One that is near schools, places of worship, or stores. See if there are nearby bus stops.


  • There are many places to look for houses or apartments for rent online: Winnipeg Rental Network, kijiji, rent mb, renterboard.ca Navut.
  • You can also check Facebook.
  • There are many ads in newspapers and bulletin boards in your community.
  • Your friends, relatives, and co-workers may help you too.

Know your rights and responsibilities

A landlord cannot:

  1. refuse your application to rent based on your:
    • race
    • religion
    • sexual preference
  2. ask you about these details

A landlord can:

  1. ask for references (people you know (not related to you) who can say that you are a good tenant)
  2. make credit checks (look for information about how you use your credit cards and other loans to see if you pay your obligations on time).

Read the Tenant Guide from the Winnipeg Rental Network. This is a guide to know your other rights and responsibilities as a tenant (renter).

Moving Out

  1. Give a notice
    • If you want to move to a new apartment, tell your landlord ahead of time.
    • Tell him two or three months before the end of your lease (contract saying how long you can stay in your apartment and other terms).
    • You can talk to him or write a letter.
    • Check your lease for rules.
  2. Sublet
    • If you need to move before your lease is over, you can assign or sublet (ask another person to continue your lease with the landlord’s permission)
    • Ask somebody else to rent your apartment after you move.
    • Ask your landlord for permission before you do this.
  3. Have a move out inspection
    • You and your landlord should inspect the house before you leave.
    • Both of you should sign the final inspection checklist (a list of areas/features to check in the house before you leave).
    • If you pass the inspection, your damage deposit should be returned.

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Community Resources

If you need help with your rent, read about the Manitoba Rent Assist Program to see if you are eligible.

The Residential Tenancies Branch website is the resource to go to if you have problems or issues as a tenant.

The Winnipeg Rental Network Tenant and Landlord Resource Guide has a list of contact numbers for help. You can call them for help with your rent, bedbugs, complaints, and other services.

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