Liberal leadership contenders Rankin, Kousoulis make rent control part of platform

Rent control would break from current government policy

Two of three contenders running to be the next premier of Nova Scotia have added affordable housing planks, including rent control, to their platforms.

Labi Kousoulis and Iain Rankin, who left their cabinet posts to run for the party leadership, announced Thursday that if they win the race in February, they would temporarily limit annual rent increases to between four and 10 per cent.

This comes less than a week after hundreds of people rallied in downtown Halifax calling for rent control, and in the same year that rental vacancy in Halifax hit a record low of one per cent… [Rent Control]