Thompson Housing Working Group
The City of Thompson and its partners in public safety services are aware of issues that have developing in certain rental properties in the community. City inspectors have been working with the Residential Tenancies Branch and Manitoba Public Health since January to attempt to resolve the issues with the property owners. As the situation has progressed, a working group, which includes the City of Thompson, Manitoba Residential Tenancies Branch, Manitoba Public Health, the Manitoba Medical Officers of Health, the RCMP and the Thompson Housing Agency has been established to take coordinated action to improve the situation. The working group had its first substantial meeting on July 11.
Formal Complaints are Critical
While there has been significant attention to the issues on social media, provincial authorities including Public Health and Residential Tenancies have indicated that they have received very few formal complaints regarding properties in Thompson, disproportionate to the reaction on community forums and social media.
Lodging formal complaints is an essential part of government agencies developing an effective case for action and improvements. Residents affected by what they perceive is poor property management, and who have exhausted all options with property management, are strongly encouraged to file complaints with the proper authorities. Below are several resources from provincial agencies that can help guide tenants through the process.
City of Thompson Fact Sheet and Contacts
If you work with or know individuals who rent their living space, we encourage you to share this fact sheet with contact information for provincial agencies who can help with landowner/tenant disputes.
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