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Nova Scotia already has a law to protest tenants when renovations occur

What’s missing is enforcement and support for tenants

By Kevin Russell

Jacqueline Porter’s latest guest column in the Chronicle Herald (“Houston government could outlaw renovictions, but looks away,” March 29) leaves out a lot of relevant facts about the reality of rental housing in Nova Scotia.

In fall 2021, the Nova Scotia legislature passed Bill 30, a new law to crack down on so-called “renovictions,” laying out concise detail for landlords and renters to follow when significant renovations that affect tenants occur. Rental property owners weren’t consulted in advance on Bill 30, even though all three political parties promised consultation in the 2021 election campaign, and our feedback at the Law Amendments Committee was ignored.

Regardless, we have a law in Bill 30 that’s now in place that severely restricts and regulates the ability of property owners to renovate their buildings. Let’s give the new law a chance before calling for new laws that may have more negative consequences on tenants.

Anyone calling for a permanent ban on renovating rental properties is basically accepting that tenants should live in substandard living conditions. …[Read Full Article]
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