Rent control and the provincial paid sick leave program both have built-in end dates and are likely to end fairly soon., says Gary Burrill, the leader of the provincial NDP. The Liberals never wanted these programs in the first place, says Burrill.
Landlords like fixed term leases because they offer a way to get around the 2% rent cap currently in place. Stephen Wentzell talks to a tenant who was forced out of his home, and tries to get a response from the province.
Media release: This report shows a complete disconnect from the reality that tenants in this province are facing. Rather than provide material protections for tenants or invest in building public housing, the commission has chosen to recommend cutting red tape and giving tax breaks to developers, vague promises to improve public housing, and discontinuing rent control past the state of emergency.
As of May 21 landlords must ask for tenants’ permission before they conduct in-person showings for the purpose of renting or selling the property. Reporter Jennifer Pratt writes about the new rule, and about her own predicaments dealing with this issue.
A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia, released today, is making nearly 100 recommendations to address affordable housing and homelessness crises across the province. Journalist Stephen Wentzell spoke with one of its authors, and highlights some of its recommendations.
Some 50 people rallied at Province House this morning to remind government MLAs that everyone has a right to a decent place to live and enough money to make ends meet.
Metcap Living tenants in Spryfield say they are tired of living in buildings that are in disrepair and not kept clean, with security entrances kept unlocked, and with units that are mouldy, drafty and infested with vermin.
Press release: Tenants at the apartment complexes in Spryfield are living five people to a room because ceilings are caving in, families and seniors are going without heat, and have been living with bed bugs for years.
PSA: Nova Scotia ACORN has published a guide to tell renters that if your rent went up by more than 2% since September 1st your landlord may owe you money.
Tenants of Harbour View Towers rallied outside the lobby of the large apartment complex on Brunswick Street in Halifax. They were there to draw attention to a lack of heat and several other issues that their landlord CAPREIT has so far not addressed.