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Landlords Required to Turn Up Heat for Tenants

September 27, 2013 11:26 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

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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.