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3rd Session, 41st Legislature

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Bill 222

THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES AMENDMENT ACT (PROTECTING TENANTS FROM RISING UTILITY COSTS)


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(Assented to                                         )

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

C.C.S.M. c. R119 amended

1           The Residential Tenancies Act is amended by this Act.

2           The following is added after subsection 125(2):

Efficiency improvements required

125(2.1)    The director must not make an order under this section unless the director determines that the landlord has made reasonable efficiency improvements to reduce costs for vital services such as heat, gas, electricity, hot and cold water or other public utility.

3           The following is added after subsection 134(1):

Efficiency improvements required if government funding

134(1.1)    Despite subsection (1), the director may approve a rehabilitation scheme in respect of which the landlord has received or will receive funding from the government, or an organization that receives funding from the government, only if the director determines that the rehabilitation scheme includes reasonable efficiency improvements for vital services such as heat, gas, electricity, hot and cold water or other public utility.

Coming into force

4           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill amends The Residential Tenancies Act to require a landlord to make reasonable efficiency improvements to reduce utility costs for heat, water and electricity before an order granting a rent increase above the maximum amount permitted by the regulations may be made.

An additional amendment provides that if a landlord receives government funding for a rehabilitation scheme, an order approving the scheme may be granted only if such reasonable efficiency improvements are made.