A Nunavut woman who recently moved to Manitoba says she's moving back north following a bad experience with Winnipeg's rental market.
'I was expecting a nice fancy place for 800 bucks — like, proper running water and [a] proper door and clean house.'—Madelaine Napayok
Madelaine Napayok told CBC News she paid Property 1 Management a total of $1,900 in rental payments and damage deposits since she moved to Winnipeg from Whale Cove, Nunavut, in March.
But the properties the company moved her into had a number of problems, from broken windows and holes in the walls to a kitchen that had no stove.
"Unbelievable," she said. "The province of Manitoba and their tenancies? My goodness galore! I lived in Nunavut and I never saw anything like this."
Napayok said on March 1, she paid $800 in rent and a $400 damage deposit for an apartment on Selkirk Avenue, but she was told the unit was not ready yet.
"So they moved us to a house on Valour Road which had no stove," she said.
Suite conditions 'like Halloween III'
Property 1 then offered her a suite in a house on Pritchard Avenue.
Napayok said she moved in on April 12 and found mould, broken windows, holes in dirty walls, and cracked and leaky bathroom fixtures.
"This is horrendous. It's like Halloween III," she said, referring to the horror movie.
"I was expecting a nice fancy place for 800 bucks — like, proper running water and [a] proper door and clean house."
The Pritchard Avenue house is owned by Roger Seyforth, who told CBC News he pays Property 1 to manage his rental unit.
Seyforth, who lives in British Columbia, said he had no idea anyone was living there.
"No one was going to go into that suite until we completed the repairs," he said, adding the house was trashed by crack cocaine dealers who were evicted with the help of Manitoba Justice.
An official with Property 1 told CBC News they were just trying to help Napayok out. She chose the Pritchard Avenue suite and did not pay any rent for April, the official said.
The suite is now being repaired, while Napayok stays with friends. She said she plans to move back to Whale Cove at the end of the month.
The North End Tenant-Landlord Cooperation Program is filing papers with Manitoba's Residential Tenancies Branch in an effort to recover the $1,900 it believes Property 1 owes Napayok.