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A bill introduced by the Manitoba government might make it harder for some landlords to raise rents above the annual provincial guideline, which is tied to inflation.

Landlords can currently apply to a residential tenancies director for a higher rent increase for any reason and make their argument.

The bill would limit such applications to cases where landlords face a sharp rise in taxes, utilities, and security costs, or where they invest in capital projects such as plumbing and heating.

The legislation would also give a residential tenancies director the power to order rent increases to be phased in over years instead of taking effect immediately.