Rent cap in N.S. will be tied to state of emergency, but when that ends is unknown

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A cap on rent increases in Nova Scotia will last as long as the public health state of emergency exists, but Premier Tim Houston does not know how long that will be.

The cap that limits rent increases to two per cent was brought in last November, along with a ban on so-called renovictions, by the former Liberal government in the face of a housing crisis. At the time, its existence was tied to the expiry of the public health state of emergency or Feb. 1, 2022, whichever comes first.

Houston told reporters Thursday the cap will be there as long as the state of emergency is in place.

“I have not made any decision to separate those two things,” he said… [Read More]