WINNIPEG – Homeowners who live near the University of Manitoba want to make sure everyone knows the rules.
Some are buying up single family homes and renting out all the rooms to students.
Now, a new group called the Fort Richmond-University Heights Residents Association has been formed.
Jackie Field is part of it and tells 680 CJOB they held an information session last night.
“Educate, not only the students and the residents, the homeowners in the neighbourhood, but, the landlords as well on what are their rights and their responsibilities,”says Fields.
Field says a big concern is the up-keep of properties.
Councillor Janice Lukes says it can also be dangerous to have a lot of people living in a home not designed for it. Some rental homes have up to nine students living inside.
“It’s a fire hazard. Then you’ve got hot plates, and you know, I don’t know what all. Kids come, go, whatever, it’s great. But, it’s just a tragedy waiting to happen,” Lukes tells 680 CJOB.
The councillor says the city is actively taking an informal census of the areas around the university, trying to figure out how big the problem is.