With a roommate, you can split the cost of rent, utilities, and internet. However, this arrangement comes with challenges of its own.

Sharing space with a roommate (even if it’s a close friend, family member, or partner) can be difficult. Once in a while, you’re going to step on their toes—or they’ll step on yours.

Any rooming arrangement requires open communication, consideration, and respect.

Are you having a dispute with your roommate? Even if you’ve been a tenant for years, you may not be familiar with your rights. You might want to brush up on them, just in case. 

In this blog, we’re going to cover your rights as a renter in Canada and what to do if you encounter issues with your roommate:

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA)

The RTA protects the rights of tenants and landlords. It describes the responsibilities of tenants, roommates, and landlords. The RTA applies to all tenancy agreements in Manitoba.

However, not every rooming situation falls under the category of a tenancy agreement.  

Who is (and isn’t) protected

It’s imperative to know whether you’re covered by the RTA. If you aren’t, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise should issues arise with your living arrangement. 

As a tenant, you will be covered by the provincial legislation in any permanent residential leasing agreement. 

There are a few exceptions, which include:

If you’re looking for more information about being a tenant, check out the Residential Tenancies Branch (RTB) website. Here, you can find information about giving notice to move, paying rent, and cleaning at the end of a tenancy. 

Setting Up a Roommate Agreement

It’s a story that dates back to the start of renting:

You’ve always wanted to live with your good friend—but once you move in together, you find out that they let dishes soak (for weeks) and consider cleaning to be optional. Too late, you realize that the two of you have very different expectations when it comes to living standards.

How can you avoid this all-too-common problem?

You can skip the headache and hassle by setting up a roommate contract. In this agreement, you can both outline terms that you expect from one another in the rental unit. 

Having it all in writing can be a great help down the line. In your roommate agreement, you can include things like:

Before signing a lease, sit down with your roommate and iron out these important talking points. When you’re on the same page, things will go much more smoothly once you’re living together. 

If you run into issues down the line, you can refer back to the roommate contact that you both agreed to. 

In addition, make sure your roommate contract aligns with your lease. When it comes down to it, the lease has precedence over your roommate agreement. 

Reviewing the Lease

Let’s say the worst-case scenario happens: One day, your roommate up and leaves. You’re stuck holding the bag—namely, the lease and the monthly rent payments in their entirety.

What happens next?

It depends. The most important thing is: Whose name is on the lease?

If it’s just your name, you’ll be responsible for covering the payments yourself. But if both names are on the lease, your roommate is still responsible for half of the rent. 

Even so, if they don’t pay, you may be required to cover their end—otherwise, you could be evicted. 

Is your roommate refusing to pay rent, even though their name is on the lease? Consider contacting Small Claims Court to be reimbursed for their share of the rent.

The same principle applies to your utility bills. For example, imagine that you set up a Manitoba Hydro account for your apartment. On the account, you only used your name, and your roommate just sends you half the amount each month. If your roommate departs suddenly, they will not be liable to pay any remaining bills. 

So, in summary: If you have a roommate, make sure both your names are on the lease and bills. 

Adding a New Roommate

Sometimes, you end up with a roommate who leaves before your lease expires. 

If this happens, you have two options: Find a new roommate, or consider ending your tenancy. 

With the latter, it’s best to reach out to your landlord directly. You can explain that without a roommate, you are unable to afford the cost of your rental unit. 

Or, if you find a new roommate to replace the first, be sure to get them approved by your landlord!

Whenever you’re adding a new roommate, be sure to choose carefully. If both your names are on the lease, your landlord can choose to terminate the agreement due to your roommate’s actions—and they are within their rights to do so. This may be due to disturbances to other tenants, failure to pay rent on time, or excessive damage to the property.

Find Your New Apartment Today

If you’re in a difficult living situation, it might be best to part ways. Is it time to find a new place to hang your hat? On our website, you’ll find dozens of Winnipeg apartments for rent. Discover an apartment you love at a price you can afford using our Find an Apartment tool. 

At Globe Property Management, it’s our goal to exceed your expectations. We offer exceptional rentals for tenants across Winnipeg. Locate your next home on our website today.

WINNIPEG, Canada – Globe Property Management, a leading property development and management company in Winnipeg, is excited to announce that their new property, NK Flats, is opening for occupancy on September 1st 2022. 

The NK Flats building features 29 suites total. Each one includes a balcony, onsite parking, in-suite laundry, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Tenants will have access to a gym and a party room at Norvilla Apartments. 

Display suites are currently available for showings. To book a viewing, interested parties should contact Globe Property Management directly. The development site can be found at https://www.nkflats.ca/

The newly constructed building has optimal soundproofing, with an STC rating of 65. It is pet-friendly for cats and small dogs up to 20 lbs. The building is highly energy-efficient, and each suite has central air conditioning. 

NK Flats is located at 1755 Henderson Highway in the heart of North Kildonan. There are four floor plans available: Goldeye (1 bed, 1 bath, 628 sq. ft.), Spruce (1 bed, 1.5 bath, 753 sq. ft.), Bison (2 bed, 2 bath, 892 sq. ft.), and Crocus (2 bed, 2 bath, 925 sq. ft.). 

The property management company reports that they are getting a lot of inquiries and viewing requests. Applications are coming in well before the opening date of September 1st.

 “We’re seeing a lot of interest in the apartments at NK Flats so far, which has been very exciting for us,” said Ethan Morantz. “Even though the building is not set to open for a month, we’re getting a lot of calls to book viewings, and applications are already coming in. Given how much interest we’re currently seeing, we recommend that anyone interested in NK Flats signs up for the waitlist.”

Globe Property Management provides long-term leasing options for residential and commercial properties. In Winnipeg, Globe Property Management partners with Broadway Construction to look after the maintenance and repairs of their buildings. For more information about the company and to view its portfolio, visit its website at https://www.globepm.ca.

Credit scores; they’re the mysterious numbers that determine whether you’ll get approved for a loan, a mortgage, or a rental property. 

If you’ve applied for an apartment before, you’ve probably been asked to provide a credit report. Credit scores are used to assess risk levels; they paint a picture of whether the applicant is at low or high risk of missing payments. 

You might be wondering why your landlord needs your credit score. And if you’ve had financial trouble in the past, you may be looking for ways to boost your score. In this blog, we’ve set out to answer how your credit score impacts your apartment search:

What Your Credit Score Reveals

A tenant’s credit report provides landlords with a closer look at your financial history. With this report, they can see the following:

Bankruptcy history

Bankruptcy can happen to anyone. It may result from an unexpected life event (such as a house fire or the loss of a loved one), serious illness, job loss, or failed business. If you file bankruptcy, it will appear on your credit report for 6 years after the discharge date.

Debt load

A credit report reveals any outstanding debts, credit card payments, or loans that you have. It will also show if any of your debts have been sent to a collection agency. 

Landlords will consider someone’s debt load before approving them. For example, a tenant with a great deal of student debt and outstanding bills may be less likely to pay the rent on time. 

Payment habits

Your credit score is affected by things like:

Payment history

Do you pay your bills on time? If you’re consistently late on making payments, this will be reflected in your credit score.

If your credit score was affected by a particular event, consider talking to your potential landlord about it. For example, you might have gone through financial turmoil due to a divorce, the pandemic, or job loss. If you’re worried that your credit score may affect your chances of getting approved, having an open and honest conversation may be your best bet. 

Breaking Down Your Own Credit Report

How does your credit report compare to what’s considered “good” or “bad”? Here’s a breakdown of what the scores mean:

If your score is around 660 or more, then you’ll have a good chance of being approved for a rental.

If you score in the higher range, nice work! You’ve been responsible with your credit cards, and it’s paid off. But if your score needs work, don’t fret; there are plenty of ways to improve it. We’re going to explore that in the next section.

What if I have no credit history?

If this is your first time renting an apartment, you might not have a credit card or a limited credit history. In this case, your landlord will use other information to assess your risk level, including employer references and paystubs. 

Is it bad to check your credit score?

You’ve probably heard that checking your credit score is a bad thing. But that’s not necessarily the case. To clear this up, we’re going to define the two types of credit checks:

How To Improve Your Credit Score

If you have a low credit score, you might worry that it will cause you to lose out on a great apartment. 

By working on your credit score, you can improve your chances of getting approved for an apartment. 

What can you do to increase your credit score? We’ve put together a few ways you can build healthier habits with your credit card. Try to practise the following: 

Don’t go over your credit limit

Every credit card has a limit. If you go over this amount, it will impact your credit score.

In addition, try not to utilize too much of your available credit. Use your debit card or cash to lower your reliance on your credit. As a guideline, try not to use more than 30% of your available credit.

If you’re concerned about going over your credit limit, consider applying for a higher one!

Don’t apply for too many credit cards

If you have one or two credit cards, you don’t need to worry. Having two cards can help you keep your credit utilization low. But if you apply for several cards (especially within a short time), it may impact your credit score. 

Always pay your bills on time

If you have trouble remembering to pay, set reminders once or twice a month. This will ensure you always make your payments before they’re due. Alternatively, you can make a note to pay whenever you get a paycheque (for most people, that’s twice a month).

Here’s another tip: Connect any monthly payments to your credit card. This can be anything from a gym membership to your internet bills. These payments will automatically be withdrawn and paid each month.

If you don’t yet have a credit history, this is a great way to start establishing it. Making those payments consistently can help boost your credit score.

Report errors on your credit report

Accidents happen; sometimes, you may have a low credit score through no fault of your own. If you see any errors on your credit report, be sure to notify the credit reporting agencies so it can be corrected ASAP. 

Contact the credit reporting company that provided you with the score. You should see your credit score increase once the issue is resolved. 

If you’re on the hunt for Winnipeg apartments, check out our listings! At Globe Property Management, we do run credit checks; however, the applicants aren’t required to provide them. We perform the tenant’s credit report at our office.

We’re happy to help you find your future home. Browse our apartments today!

Eager to start searching for your new apartment? If you’re itching to move, you might want to get a head start on apartment hunting. But how soon is too soon when it comes to looking for suites?

We’re going to cover how to plan your timeline and what you need to consider before you start searching for an apartment:

Choosing a Date

When do you plan to move out? This is perhaps the most crucial question to ask yourself. If you’re bound to a lease, the answer is easy: You’ll need a new place before the renewal date. But how far in advance should you start looking?

So, when’s the perfect time to start your search? The earliest we suggest is 3 months. 1-2 months is the sweet spot in the middle, while 2 weeks is cutting it a little close. 

Selecting a Season

If you aren’t bound to a lease or deadline, you have a lot more freedom. You can even choose which season you want to move in—each one has pros and cons.

During the warmer months, it’s much easier to move your belongings into a new apartment. But you’ll be competing with all the other tenants who had the same idea. This means that you’ll find fewer available properties in the summer, and it may be tougher to book moving services. Prices tend to be higher because of the higher demand.

In the winter, it’s more of a hassle to move in the cold and ice. That being said, prices are lower, and more apartments are usually available. 

Booking Services

Need a hand with your move? A month or two before the big day, we suggest that you arrange any services you need. For example:

Prioritizing Amenities

Once you start searching, you might be overwhelmed by all your options. Narrow your search by separating what you need from what you want.

Here’s an example:

If you don’t have a car, you might need a place that’s close to your workplace or school.

You want one that’s near your favourite restaurant—but that’s less important.

We suggest writing out your “needs” and “wants” in two columns. When you’ve got it down on paper, it’s easier to keep your priorities in mind while you search. 

Preparing Your Application

You’ve found the perfect apartment to call home. Now, it’s time to submit your application and hope that it’ll be accepted.

We suggest getting your documents in order before you start apartment hunting. That way, you’ll be ready to apply the moment you find your dream suite. 

A few documents you’ll need include:

Packing Up

If you’re gearing up for moving day, you might be equal parts excited and nervous. Now that your search is over, it’s time to pack up. But how soon is too soon to start packing?

If you start packing boxes 30 days before you move, you’ll have plenty of time to get organized. Be sure to leave your essentials unpacked until the last day. You don’t want to put away your favourite pair of jeans, then spend an hour tearing apart boxes to find them.

We’ll leave you with this moving pro-tip: Label your boxes. All of them. You’ll think you’ll recognize them later—you won’t.

Your Timeline

We’ve given you a general review of everything you need to do before the big day. For reference, we’re going to put it all together in this table. Here’s the ultimate apartment hunting time:

Finding a Property Manager

Are you looking for apartments in Winnipeg? At Globe Property Management, our Find an Apartment tool makes it easy to discover exactly what you’re looking for. Filter results by desired possession date to see what’s available when you’re ready to move. Once you find the perfect apartment, give us a call!

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There’s no city quite like Winnipeg. What about this place makes it so memorable? The people that live here know how to handle the weather; each year, we endure long winters that rival temperatures in the North Pole. But maybe it’s the cold that forms our close-knit communities. 

At Globe Property Management in Winnipeg, we know that this city has a lot to offer. Choosing a place to live is no easy task. It’s one thing to read about an area online, but how can you tell what a neighbourhood is really like? 

To give you a better idea of Winnipeg’s most popular places to live, we’ve put together this guide. Find out below where the best neighbourhoods to rent in Winnipeg are:

What To Look For

First, let’s go over a few things to look for when choosing a neighbourhood:

Naturally, you want to select an area that checks all three of these boxes. Here’s an overview of your options:

Charleswood

This community has a rural, green, and homey feeling. Enjoy the beauty of nature by venturing to Assiniboine Park. Around Charleswood, you’ll find plenty of walking and biking trails—if you’re lucky, you might even spot a deer or two. 

Just a few streets away, you’ll find yourself back in the urban landscape of the city. The neighbourhood is full of renowned restaurants, including Capital Grill & Bar, Taverna Rodos Restaurant & Lounge, and Signature Pizza And Salads. 

In Charleswood, you get the best of rural and urban Winnipeg. It’s perfect for tenants who want a bit of both.

Osborne Village

This trendy neighbourhood never seems to go out of style. Love to shop? Then you’ll appreciate the selection of clothing stores, bars, and personal services that line the main strip. There’s always something to do here on the weekends, whether you want to get your hair done or grab a bite with friends.

Osborne Village offers convenience within walking distance for renters. Just down the street, you’ll find Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Starbucks. Go down the Osborne Bridge, and you’ll be just a few blocks away from Downtown Winnipeg.

St. Vital

Full of history and character, St. Vital is a great place to rent in. It features a large shopping centre, antique shops, and a bowling alley. 

When you have time to explore, there’s plenty to do in St. Vital. This neighbourhood has a lot of green spaces; you’ll find parks, the Winnipeg Canoe Club Golf Course, and the Riel House National Historic Site.

Downtown

Downtown Winnipeg features the lively Exchange District, which is full of unique small businesses and restaurants. 

Plenty of people work in Downtown Winnipeg. If you’re one of them, renting an apartment in the area will be convenient and a time-saver.

Another perk to living downtown is that you’re nearby all the major bus routes. If you don’t have a car, ready access to public transit will come in handy. There are also plenty of bike lanes built into the major streets, including Garry Street and Notre Dame Avenue. 

River Heights

For tenants who are looking to start a family, consider renting in River Heights. This area is close to several schools and family-friendly activities, including the Pan Am Pool. 

Renters who love to get outdoors will adore living in River Heights. There are plenty of spots to stop and admire the scenery. If you like to gaze at mansions and modern architecture, take a stroll down Wellington Crescent; it features prime real estate in the city. 

St. James

This community has all the amenities that a renter needs. It’s located near CF Polo Park, Superstore, and major public transit routes. Who can resist the tasty treats at Sargent Sundae on a hot summer afternoon? There are also a handful of craft breweries, escape rooms, and walking trails.

Down Portage Avenue, the St. James neighbourhood is perfect for tenants who love to shop and appreciate the great outdoors.

Wolseley

Nicknamed “The Granola Belt” of Winnipeg, Wolseley is a dynamic and lively neighbourhood. It’s a popular place to rent for young adults, given its proximity to the University of Winnipeg and plenty of trendy hotspots. 

Wolseley is full of small businesses owned and operated by other Winnipeggers. Take a walk around the city, and you’ll see murals on many major buildings. If this sounds like your kind of neighbourhood, check out our listings in Wolseley.

Check Out Our Available Units in Winnipeg

Have you decided on the neighbourhood you want to rent in? The next step is finding a place to browse available apartments in Winnipeg. At Globe Property Management, we feature all of our available units on our Find an Apartment tool. You can filter results by neighbourhood, desired possession date, price range, and unit type. Check out our listings today!

You’ve just received your first electrical bill, and—oops—it’s a little higher than you planned for. 

After the long and cold winter that we’ve had in Winnipeg, you’re tired of paying high heating bills. Summer is just around the corner, and you’re eager to start saving money on energy costs.

Looking for ways to cut down your electric bill? You can save money and conserve resources with these budget-friendly tips:

Watch the Thermostat

If you have a thermostat in your apartment, you can save money by regularly monitoring and adjusting it. Cut back on your energy usage with these quick adjustments: 

Turn Off the Lights

During the daytime, you can save energy by using an entirely free light source: The sun! If you work from home, open the blinds instead of switching on a light. Even on a cloudy day, the natural light will provide enough luminosity for you to read, do chores, or work on a computer screen. 

Better yet, you can soak up some sun rays! Even though you can’t absorb vitamin D when you’re behind a window (the glass blocks the UVB rays), it’s still beneficial for your mental health to see sunshine. 

Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

The smell of fresh laundry is unmistakable. It means that all your favourite clothes are free of stains and dirt. 

You might use hot water to wash your clothes without thinking; it’s been the standard for decades. But the amount of energy it takes to heat that water might surprise you. Of all the energy used to wash clothes, up to 75% of it is used to heat water.  

Switch to cold water, and you can:

Take Shorter Showers

After a long day, nothing beats standing under the showerhead and letting the hot water hit you. We love hot showers as much as the next person, but we can’t ignore the facts: To heat water, you need to use a lot of energy. 

Try to limit your showers to 10 minutes. If you’re feeling bold, you can even try a cold shower.

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There’s only so much you can do to save energy. If you live in an apartment that has gaps in the walls, is under-insulated, or is energy inefficient, it might be time to look for a new place. 

At Globe Property Management, we can help you find wonderful apartments for rent in Winnipeg. To find your next home, check out our apartment listings today. 

When spring arrives, you smell it in the air. You feel it in the warm sunshine that melts the snow. You hear it in the sounds of birds chirping and children playing outside. In a matter of weeks, the snow-blanketed city is transformed into a green and lively landscape. 

Now that the outdoors is looking greener than ever, you might feel inspired to make your apartment just as fresh. Spring cleaning isn’t just for when you’re moving out or having company over; it has positive benefits for you, too. One survey of 2,000 people found that cleaning was associated with an increase in overall happiness.

Ready to reap the benefits of spring cleaning? The process is a bit more thorough than your typical apartment clean-up. To help you get started, we’ve put together this handy checklist:

Dust the Hard-To-Reach Spots

Does your apartment have a musty smell? It might be due to dust build-up or perhaps you are renting out your apartment as a vacation rental and it needs a clean. We’re used to dusting places like book shelves or the living room coffee table. But the areas we don’t often look at can be dust magnets. 

Pick up a duster with a long handle to reach these spots. A few areas we recommend dusting include:

Schedule a Carpet Cleaning Service

Does your apartment have hardwood floors or carpets? If it’s the latter, spring is the time to give them a deep clean. Doing so will remove stains and maintain a healthy living environment. We recommend hiring a professional carpet cleaner for this task. 

Declutter Drawers

We all have a “junk drawer” in our homes. You know, the place where you put things that have nowhere else to go. But once a year, it’s worth taking a closer look at those drawers to see if you can organize your belongings. And who knows? You might find something that you thought was lost. 

Check the Smoke Alarm

We rely on smoke alarms to detect smoke before a fire gets out of control. But if the alarm batteries die, we’ll be left without any warning. We suggest that you test your alarms once a year—and spring is the perfect time for it.

To do so, locate the button on the detector itself. When you press it, it should emit a loud alarm. But if no sound comes out, then it’s time to replace the batteries.

Do the Laundry

Most of us wash our clothes every other week. But what about the other fabrics in our home, like the bedding, curtains, and dish towels? Put together a few loads of laundry with the fabrics that could use a wash. Once you’re finished, your entire apartment will smell like a fresh spring breeze. 

Spring cleaning is a rewarding task, but it’s also pretty exhausting. Do you need help finding Winnipeg apartments? At Globe Property Management, we feature hundreds of apartment listings on our website. Use our convenient apartment search tool to find the rentals that you’re looking for. For more information, contact us today!

Even though your new apartment looks clean, you might prefer to wipe things down before you settle in. The best time to clean is before you get unpacked; that way, you won’t have to work around stacks of boxes and pieces of furniture.

Need some guidance? We’ve put together this guide to help you get started. Here’s how to deep clean your new apartment:

Assemble Your Supplies

First, you’re going to need an array of cleaning supplies. Here’s a quick cleaning supplies list for reference:

And finally, don’t forget to grab your speakers or headphones. It’s a lot more enjoyable to clean when you’re listening to great music.

Clean From Top to Bottom

As you work your way through the apartment, you may inadvertently spread dust from one area to another that’s already been cleaned. Avoid making a bigger mess by working from the top of a room to the bottom. If you’re going to clean each surface, start with the ceiling fan, the tops of appliances, and the walls. Then, move your way down to the countertops, baseboards, and floors. 

On that note, start in the room furthest from the entrance; otherwise, you’ll track dirt into rooms you’ve already cleaned.

Disinfect the Appliances

You rely on your appliances each day to help you keep your home clean and cook your meals. Chances are, the previous tenant also used them every day. Here’s how to give your kitchen appliances a deep clean:

Tackle the Bathroom

If there’s one place you should clean before moving in, it’s the bathroom. 

Even if the previous toilet seat was cleaned, you might prefer a fresh start. Consider replacing the toilet seat with a new one. 

You can’t wait to soak in your new bathtub. But first, give it a thorough scrub, eliminating any soap residue or stains. You can get rid of tough stains using an abrasive sponge and disinfectant solution. Once you’re done, rinse the tub with clean water, and it’s ready for your next spa day.

Next, disinfect the sink. Using a disinfectant wipe, you can go over the taps, the faucet, and the basin of the sink. 

Save the Floors for Last

You’ve scrubbed every surface, wiped every wall, and rinsed every appliance. All that’s left to clean is the floors. 

Start by sweeping each room, collecting one big pile of dirt and dust near the entrance. Once you’ve discarded it, it’s time to grab the mop. Go over the floors with a bit of hot water and floor cleaner (be careful to choose a product that’s designed for the material you’re cleaning).

Settle In!

Your new apartment is now sparkling from floor to ceiling. It’s finally time to move everything in and start unpacking. But first, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!Need a hand finding Winnipeg apartments for rent? At Globe Property Management, we have hundreds of apartment listings. Browse our properties today!

WINNIPEG, Canada - Globe Property Management, one of the fastest-growing property development and management companies in Canada, is delighted to announce the launch of their latest project, a development of low-rise flats in North Kildonan. The stunning new complex is provisionally expected to be available for occupancy in September 2022.

NK Flats will offer 29 units in a highly desirable area located in the heart of North Kildonan. The properties will feature energy-efficient buildings with spacious layouts and balconies. All of the units will come with fully equipped kitchens, in-suite laundry, and plenty of space. More details about the properties, and the development, with the additional option of joining the wait list, can be found at the development website - https://www.nkflats.ca

“Our latest development in North Kildonan is already causing a lot of excitement within the company and in the North Kildonan community,” said Ethan Morantz. “Every aspect of the design process has been undertaken with attention to detail, driven by a determination to provide high-quality, spacious accommodation in a much sought-after location. We have already received numerous inquiries from potential residents, and we are confident that demand will far outweigh supply. Our advice to anyone interested in these properties is to sign up to the waiting list to ensure they receive all of the relevant information as a priority.” 

Globe Property Management is based in Winnipeg, Canada. They offer features and benefits that are highly valued by those looking to rent an apartment or lease commercial space. Their online apartment search makes it easy to stay updated on the latest vacancies. Their application process can be completed online, too. Paying rent via online banking. Online maintenance requests and their bespoke residential feedback form provide residents with a convenient way to inform Globe of their needs. 

Globe Property Management has close, long-term relationships with reputable maintenance contractors that deliver prompt, courteous service. In Winnipeg, they also have an in-house maintenance division, Broadway Construction. They make regular upgrades to their properties to ensure energy efficiency and maximum comfort. They are an industry leader in environmentally sustainable practices, resulting in many energy-saving efficiencies. For more information about the company and to view their portfolio, visit their website at https://globepm.ca.

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Has it been a year already? It feels like just yesterday that you moved into your new apartment. 12 months later, you’re faced with a tough decision: will you decide to renew your lease?

Everyone can agree that moving is a hassle. When you renew your lease, you don’t have to:

Before you renew your lease, what do you need to know? Here are a few things to look into first:

Talk To Your Roommate 

First, we suggest talking to the person/people you live with about their plans. Have they enjoyed living at the place so far? Is there anything about the living arrangement that they’d like to change? This is a good opportunity to touch base with your roommates about your living situation. 

If you both agree to renew the lease, that’s great! But if not, that takes us to our next tip:

Finding New Roommates

Even if you’re happy in your new place, your roommate might decide that it’s time for a change of scenery. This can put you in a difficult position: You may want to continue living at your current place, but you can’t afford the cost of rent on your own. 

Hopefully, your roommate has given you adequate notice that they want to move out. If you’re looking for a new roommate, consider advertising the suite on sites like Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji. Once you’ve found a new roomie, be sure to seek approval from your property manager first. 

Review The New Lease

Your new lease may not be exactly the same as the previous one; it may include different terms than what you signed 12 months ago. Be sure to review things like the rent rates (which are subject to change after 12 months).

Talk To Your Property Manager

Do you have any questions about the new lease? If so, be sure to talk to your property manager well in advance. Depending on where you live, the property manager will need 60 days of notice for lease renewals. 

Renew Your Tenant Insurance

You might pay for tenant insurance annually or monthly. Don’t forget to renew it! You may need to contact the company directly to do so. We suggest doing this a few months in advance to ensure you’re covered. 

Reaching A Decision

When it comes time to renew your lease, you might just find that it’s best to stay put. Even if you’ve found a less expensive rate elsewhere, consider that moving incurs a cost of its own

There’s the cost of renting a moving truck, and the time you’ll spend packing your belongings. You may need to find a new roommate; if the perfect candidate doesn’t appear right away, you could lose hundreds of dollars each month. 


In Winnipeg, there are plenty of excellent places to live. Are you looking for apartment rentals in Winnipeg? At Globe Property Management, we have hundreds of available suites on our website. To learn more, contact us today.

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