N.S. housing minister considers keeping rent control in the short term

John Lohr says he’s looking at all options while trying to address the province’s housing crisis

Housing Minister John Lohr said his government is considering all options when it comes to addressing Nova Scotia’s housing crisis, and that includes extending rent control beyond the current state of emergency.

“We’re looking at what possible solutions there are, I am looking at that,” Lohr told reporters following a cabinet meeting Thursday in Halifax.

“I’m very concerned about what I think are egregious increases in rent and we’re looking at all of our options.”

The temporary cap that limits rent increases to two per cent was introduced last fall in the face of a housing crisis gripping the province, with people struggling to afford a house or stay in their apartment under the threat of renoviction. Tent cities have been popping up in the Halifax area… [Read More]