INSight Blog

Rent Control

Vacancy control, rent caps ultimately harm B.C. renters The chief executive officer of LandlordBC notes that disallowing rental increases at vacancy would be the ‘death knell’ for new rental construction It has been suggested that vacancy control that would tie rent...

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Rent Control

Minister vows to intervene as IRAC allows P.E.I.'s highest-ever rent hikes for 2023 Landlords' association says hike makes sense; housing advocates say it's unfair The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission has set limits on maximum allowable rent increases that...

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Nova Scotia’s Population Growth

NOVA SCOTIA's ANNUAL POPULATION ESTIMATES AS OF JULY 1, 2022 As of July 1, 2022, Nova Scotia's population is estimated to be 1,019,725, an increase of 28,608 (+2.89%) over the revised July 1, 2021 estimate (991,117).  In absolute and percentage terms, Nova Scotia's...

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Fixed Term Leases

N.S. housing crisis: How the fixed-term lease ‘loophole’ can be ‘easily abused’ “Fixed-term leases have always been an option available to rental housing providers, and there’s no data available to support comments that there’s an increase in the use of fixed-term...

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Residential Tenancies

Bluenose Inn and Suites landlord appeals tenant’s win after renoviction A Halifax-area landlord is taking a former tenant to small claims court after he was ordered to pay more than $13,000 for an illegal renoviction. Residential tenancies officer Jason Warham ordered...

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Development

Halifax builder considers the future of parking while including amenities for the present Waterfront Cunard project will initially have apartments on 13 of its 16 storeys, along with retail on the ground floor The $105-million Southwest Properties apartment complex...

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Nova Scotia Power

Month of hearings begin on Nova Scotia Power's request for hefty rate increase The company is looking to raise rate by 11.6 per cent Hearings opened Monday in Halifax into Nova Scotia Power's request for an 11.6 per cent rate increase over the next two years. Nova...

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Rent Control

2% cap on rent increases fails to satisfy landlords or tenants Landlords are worried about rising costs, while tenant advocates say the cap could lead to more “renovictions” Both landlords and tenant advocates are raising concerns about Premier John Horgan’s...

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Residential Tenancies

'Victory for tenant rights': Halifax woman reacts to renoviction decision Tenant's $6,800 counterclaim for compensation denied A woman has won her months-long fight to stay in her Halifax apartment. Stacey Gomez has lived in the same apartment since 2017. In March,...

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Residential Tenancies

There's a fine built into Nova Scotia's Residential Tenancies Act. It has never been used A summary conviction and fine that is built into Nova Scotia's Residential Tenancies Act hasn't been used since 1990 — as far back as the provincial Department of Justice's...

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