News release: ACORN Nova Scotia continues an ongoing campaign to get landlords to provide healthy and suitable living for low income Nova Scotians. Metcap Living has become notorious for low-quality housing and poor management. Many buildings are infested with bedbugs and in dire need of repairs.
This Saturday at 12 noon ACORN members and allies will launch a mock food drive to support EastLink’s Bragg family, who last month claimed to be too small a company to provide low-cost internet to low-income Nova Scotians. The patriarch of the Bragg family, John Bragg, has reported wealth of 1.3 Billion dollars.
Activist and talented photographer Jodi Brown went to the rally by unhappy Metcap Living tenants of a large apartment building on 15 Kennedy Drive, in Dartmouth. Here are her photos and her report.
In this video citizen-reporter and poverty activist Jodi Brown meets up with Sarah, a young woman who was in a bad spot when she asked Community Services for help. After stays in a shelter and hotel, Sarah now lives in a North Dartmouth apartment building, and deals with leaking roofs and all kinds of other building troubles. Landlord Metcap Living is in no apparent hurry to fix it.
News release issued by ACORN Nova Scotia: Tenants of 15 Kennedy Drive, and other allies, are rallying outside the Metcap-owned apartment on Friday to demand that the building manager and superintendents show tenants more respect.
Lots of rented homes and apartments in Nova Scotia need major repairs. That’s what occupants of these homes told Statistics Canada. We have the numbers and we have the maps.
I couldn’t attend last week’s Nova Scotia ACORN community meeting, but the results of their tenants survey presents some interesting (and rather shocking) findings. From cold-only showers to garbage in the common areas, from too cold in winter to too hot in summer, here are the reasons why we need landlord licensing.
After a successful community meeting in Dartmouth Nova Scotia ACORN is launching a province wide online survey on rental housing conditions and landlords. It needs the data to pressure municipalities on landlord licensing and the province on rent control.
Toronto is implementing a landlord licensing system to protect tenants from landlords who don’t look after their properties. Halifax is considering doing something similar. It’s early days, and landlords are expected to fight back.
A new report suggests that people on low incomes use payday loans and other predatory companies, because banks aren’t there for them. We look at the report and talk to Jonethan Brigley of ACORN Nova Scotia.