Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced on Tuesday March 24, 2020, that the province is postponing eviction hearings and freezing rent increases as part of the provincial response to COVID-19.
The premier said that the Residential Tenancies Branch and Residential Tenancies Commission will postpone all hearings for non-urgent matters to halt evictions during the pandemic until May 31, 2020.
Hearings will continue for cases involving health and safety of tenants or unlawful activities.
The province has also stopped all rent increases that were scheduled to start April 1, 2020 or later.
“Taking these steps will help reduce financial uncertainty and worry for Manitobans who face challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Pallister. “Manitobans who have been laid off, are working less or are in self isolation shouldn’t also have to worry about making rent payments and keeping a roof over their heads.”
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