Winnipeg does not have the resources to track all the derelict properties in the city, says Coun. Ross Eadie.
The North End Community Renewal Corp. is trying to help tenants in substandard housing find better accommodations.
Earlier this week, the community group helped Rodrick Pelletier move to a new home after Pelletier's complaints to his landlord about the poor condition of his rental accommodation were allegedly ignored.
The flooring in his Dufferin Avenue house had worn through, there were holes in the walls, and the furnace had not worked since last November, Pelletier told CBC News.
The landlord owned more than 20 other properties, according to land title records.
Eadie said negligent landlords are a big problem in some neighbourhoods, and the city can't keep up with property inspections.
"We don't have enough bylaw officers to stay on top of all the derelict housing that's out there," Eadie said Wednesday.
"We do need more to make sure that we have the inspections, and then the subsequent orders are made for them to do the repairs that are required."
The community renewal group is filing complaints about what it describes as derelict housing to the province's Residential Tenancies Branch.