Renting an apartment in MB

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Most newcomers start out by renting an apartment in their first few months of settling in Manitoba. For many, navigating the requirements, contracts, and other details of renting an apartment can be very difficult, because of unfamiliarity with the rules and regulations surrounding this transaction. The language barrier can be an additional hurdle as well. Some may sign contracts even if they do not completely understand what they are agreeing to because they are too shy to ask.

If renting a place is a challenge, the following video from Entry Program can help you out. “Rental information” by Karen Giesbrecht of New Journey Housing is a clear and engaging talk that will give you essential information about the mechanics of looking for, renting and maintaining an apartment. This is a 40-minute talk; it may help if you take down notes:

Rental Information, video produced by North Point Productions.

Know more about your rental housing options from New Journey Housing. You can also find out upcoming housing workshops on the same page. Download the Renting a Home in Manitoba booklet for a step-by-step guide from finding a home to moving out.

To know more about the Rental Market in Winnipeg, go to: CMHC Rental Market Report – Winnipeg.

Keep your home healthy and safe

The following are additional pointers to keep in mind in addition to the video/lecture to help you stay comfortable and safe in your new lodgings (based on CMHC’s “Renting Your First Home in Canada”):

  • Be aware of the security and safety features of your building or unit. Make sure that windows and doors have good locks. Don’t let people you don’t know come into your house or building.
  • Don’t attract pests. Never leave open food or garbage out. Clean your home well and on a regular basis. Get rid of unnecessary clutter. Try to control the level of moisture by using the bathroom and kitchen fans, and buying a dehumidifier if necessary. Read Garbage, plumbing and other household concerns to learn more about keeping your home clean and pest-free.
  • Prevent fires. Don’t use overcrowded (“octopus”) electric outlets. Only smoke outdoors, never in bed. Keep curtains and other flammable materials away from lights and candles. Clean grease from pans and stovetop regularly. Make sure you have at least one smoke detector in your home and test it once a month. Read Fire safety tips for newcomers to know more.
  • Check for molds. It can be a serious risk, especially if you or a family member suffers from asthma or allergies. Mold usually looks like a fuzzy or powdery green, brown or black growth. If you see this, inform your landlord or building superintendent immediately.

It would also be good idea to buy home insurance to replace the cost of your belongings in case a fire or theft occurs.

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Community Resources

If you are still in your home country and are about to move to Manitoba, you might want to read Arranging temporary housing before you arrive to know your options.

To know more about housing options, go to Housing Resources at the New Journey Housing site. You can download information and checklists whether you intend to rent or buy a home.

If you need help with your rent, read about the Manitoba Rent Assist Program and see if you qualify for shelter benefits.

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

If you need other forms of assistance for moving and settling, read the article Do you need assistance for getting settled? Here’s where to get help for more information.

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