Frequently Asked Questions

  • I own a home and am considering renting out a room. What should I consider?

    You should find out whether there is a municipal by-law which might restrict the occupation of the house to only one family. In Winnipeg, contact Winnipeg City Hall Inquiries:

      • 510 Main Street
      • Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1B9
      • 204-986-2171

    You should also consider signing a contract with the person who will be renting the room. The contract should deal with issues like how much rent will be paid, how long the agreement is for, how much notice must be given to end the agreement.

  • In what situations can I evict my tenant?

    There are a number of situations in which you can evict a tenant. You can evict a tenant if:

      • The tenant fails to pay the rent within 3 days after it was due. If this happens, you may give the tenant notice terminating the tenancy on the day the rent was due. The notice must follow a prescribed form, and must include the amount of rent that was unpaid, the date by which the tenant must be moved out, and notice that the tenant is allowed to dispute the termination. If you accept a late payment of rent, you lose the right to terminate the tenancy unless you state in writing that you still intend to treat the tenancy as terminated at the time you accept the late payment.
      • The tenant changes the locks on the doors or otherwise prevents you from having reasonable access to the rental unit.
      • The tenant keeps the rental unit so dirty that it is a health or safety hazard.
      • The tenant causes damage and doesn’t repair or pay you for it.
      • The tenant disturbs other tenants’ use and enjoyment of the building.
      • The tenant sublets the rental unit without your consent.
      • The tenant allows overcrowding of the unit, so that it violates health or safety standards.
      • The tenant says untrue things about the unit to a possible tenant or buyer.

    For more information about the rules for evictions, contact the Residential Tenancies Branch at (204) 945-2476 or 1-800-782-8403. Their website is at

  • Is it true that I can’t evict a tenant in the winter?

    No, but there are rules that you have to follow about how and when you can evict a tenant. Also, if your tenant has a child in school, you may not be able to evict during the school year in some cases.