Landlords Required to Turn Up Heat for Tenants

By Sarah Klein


Turning down the heat could have an adverse effect on landlords who don’t comply with an amended city bylaw.

Winnipeg landlords must provide a minimum of 21°C to tenants in the winter months between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Overnight, room temperatures must be at least 18°C between 11 p.m. and 7 p.m. Landlords who don’t comply could be fined up to $5,000.

“Lack of heat can be uncomfortable but can also threaten the well-being of our citizens,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “The City of Winnipeg’s Neighbourhood Liveability by-law helps protect our citizens and these new, standard penalties will help to convey the serious nature of the violation.”

About 300 lack-of-heat complaints are filed with the city every year.

The report recommending the bylaw changes will be discussed at City Hall on October 3.


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