Rent control provision quietly softened by N.S. Liberals two days after announcement

Tenancy groups say the changes weakened rent control

Two days after Nova Scotia’s Liberals announced temporary rent caps in response to evictions and fast-rising rents amid the pandemic, they quietly decreased how broadly the controls applied.

On Nov. 25, Chuck Porter, who was at the time minister of municipal affairs and housing, signed a minister’s directive that limited rent increases to two per cent annually until the conclusion of the state of emergency, or February 2022 — whichever came first.

It included a provision that rent controls would apply both to existing tenants and new tenants coming into the same accommodation… [Read More]