N.S. Landlord Lobby Says Extended Rent Control Measures Hurt Small Landlords

HALIFAX—A lobby group for residential landlords in Nova Scotia says the provincial government’s extended rent control measures will hurt small landlords and could cause them to pull their units from the market.

The Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia (IPOANS) represents property owners who control more than 45,000 rental apartments in the province.

The group’s executive director says the government’s new housing plan is a “disingenuous” departure from promises its leader made just weeks ago.

For months, Premier Tim Houston has been adamant that rent control isn’t the solution to the province’s housing crisis. Many took his repeated, strong assertions to mean his government wouldn’t extend rent control measures past their planned February expiration.

Russell says the government’s decision to extend the measures for two more years was a “disingenuous” move.

He says IPOANS wasn’t given any warning about Houston’s announcement and has had “very limited” communication with the government about the housing crisis… [Raed More]