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Nova Scotia Landlords & Tenants Working Together

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

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We Invite Nova Scotia Tenants To Join Us In An Important Conversation On How To Improve the Rental Industry

Experienced and successful Nova Scotia landlords know one of the keys to success is to find good paying tenants. A good tenant will pay the rent on time and treat both the rental property and the landlord with respect. While many people think all landlords are rich the reality is very different.

Nova Scotia And Bad Tenants

Nova Scotia landlords do not have it easy at all! We aren’t big corporations with economies of scale, expensive lawyers on retainer and millions on the bank. We have a lot of challenges trying to run our rental businesses. Not only do we have to face tenants who abuse the system we also have to worry about new changes such as how legal marijuana will impact our rental properties.

Good Tenants

We also know there are lots of good hard-working and honest renters out there. These are people who do treat their landlord and rental with respect on pay on time and respect the lease.  These are tenants who desire there to be more high quality affordable housing for rent and don’t want those bad tenants to get landlords to leave the business, leaving less rentals on the market.

Good Landlords & Good Tenants, Working Together!

Good Nova Scotia landlords are looking to rent to good tenants and good Saskatchewan tenants want to rent from good landlords. So how about this? Let’s all work together as positive forces of good and improve the Nova Scotia rental industry!

Instead Of Confrontation & Blaming We Want Cooperation And Communication

We are inviting good Nova Scotia tenants to join us in the following ways to help improve our situation:

Share Your Stories and Opinions With Us

Share your experiences renting in Nova Scotia and you can help other tenants, landlords and educate people and play a role in improving the Nova Scotia rental industry.

Become A Tenant Community Leader for the Nova Scotia Tenant Forum 

We are looking for 5 experienced Nova Scotia tenants to help run our Tenant forum and make it as helpful as possible for other Nova Scotia tenants to learn from.  As Tenant Community Leader who will be able to invite other verified tenants to join our forum to help educate the community. The goal is to create a sophisticated place for tenants to chat with each other.

Provide Us With Your Ideas for Policy Changes

Do you think some things need to change in Nova Scotia? We invite you to share your policy ideas with us.

Nova Scotia Landlords and Tenants in our Nova Scotia Rental Community

Let’s work together in 2018 for our mutual success. Let’s improve the rental industry and play a role in forming new policies. We invite tenants to join our community. If you are interested please email us at by January 15, 2018. Make sure you let us know about you and your renting experience and how you want to help (please note only those accepted with receive a reply)

Update on January 15, 2018 

Thank you for the overwhelming response of Tenants across Nova Scotia (and the region)! We now have filled the available positions for Nova Scotia (and regional) Tenant Community leaders. Keep watching for our next recruitment drive!.

Halifax Landlord – Fined $93,500 for having extra apartments!

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

February 9th, 2013

Halifax landlord fined for extra rental apartments

A Halifax landlord has been hit with a record fine for violating the municipality’s land-use bylaws.

With already confusion in the landlord community over new rules for landlords the media reports of this huge fine has shocked many Nova Scotia landlords.

In this post we’ll give an overview of what happened.

In January the company Hanstholm Realty Inc. were ordered to pay a fine of $93,500 after they went to provincial court in Halifax where they lost their case.

According to the prosecutor in the case (who represented the Halifax Regional Municipality) this was the largest fine for land usage in Canadian history!

Previously the largest fine was approximately $30,000.

The huge fine reflected the landlords profit from creating 7 more rental units in the building, with an additional premium of forty percent added.

The whole situation is because the building was legally allowed to have 101 rental units. This was agreed upon in an agreement between the landlord and the city government.

However, in 2009 the city of Halifax found the extra units. The landlords corporation didn’t agree to the various options presented to them by the government which led to the fines.

Of course Nova Scotia landlords need to follow the law at all times. 

However, we think governments should also work hard to encourage landlords to create more affordable and safe rental properties. We’ve seen situation in other provinces where the government says there is a shortage of affordable housing and at the same time punished landlords who create it.

Government needs to work with private landlords to create an environment where investment is welcomed. Certainly go after those who break the rules. At the same time let’s make sure those rules are fair and respect the important role private landlords play in our economy and our society.

To discuss this and other issues go to the Nova Scotia Landlord Forum.

What’s Behind the Apartment Where Lucas was Killed?

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

July 7th, 2012


What’s the Story?

The landlord of an apartment in Halifax tried for months on end to receive help and get rid of the criminals in her building.

What’s the Significance of this Building?

This was the building where the person named “Corey Lucas” was shot.

Why Can’t the Government Help?

Recently, the Department of Justice evicted thw rotten tenants from the building, at last.

How Did they Do It?

They used the Act known as the “Safer Communities and Neighborhood Act.”

 Did It Achieve the Needed Results?

According to landlord Fatma Askri it was far too little and far too late.

What Happened?

A man named Lucas was shot to death May 25 in an apartment that William Lee Bolliver and his mother, Susan Ann Hawes, rented out.

That’s Horrible!

After two weeks, the building was raided by the  police and 3 people were arrested: Bolliver, Hawes and Harold William Marshall.

Anything Else?

Halifax Regional Police have said the search turned up crack cocaine, oxycodone, drug paraphernalia, even a  handgun, plus ammunition and money (cash).  These three were charged with several drug and weapons offences.

What Does the Landlord Have to Say About This?

Askri said she began trying to clean house herself back in February. At the time, she said she complained to the Residential Tenancies Board that there was drug dealing going on and that she believed her other tenants were in danger.

Askri said she was told that “even drug dealers need some place to live.”

What Else Did the Landlord Do to Try to Solve This?

Only three days before Lucas was murdered, the landlord Askri said she decided the only way to get rid of her troublesome tenants was to give everyone in the building notice to vacate due to renovations.  It didn’t work.

What is the Situation of the Building Now?

Askri said her building is empty and she was in the midst of moving the belongings of two tenants, now in jail, into storage. And she said she is still left holding the bag.

According to  the landlord: “I’m dealing with this the best way I can.”

Askri said she is required to move the goods into storage for a couple of months and then she can apply to dispose of them. All of that costs money, Askri said.

Now, this experienced landlord said she is also getting hassled by her bank.  The bank is concerned that her building is empty and she has no rental income coming in from those units.

“This is destroying my life and what I have worked for.”

Askri said the trouble in the building has also hurt her reputation because citizens believe she was endorsing the drug culture.

“I’ve never even had a parking ticket.”

Clifton St. evictions planned before shooting

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

July 10th, 2012



The landlord of a Halifax apartment building where a man was killed last month sent eviction notices to all of her tenants just days before the shooting.

Fatma Askri says she wants to dispel any notions about her property on Clifton Street.

“The shooting really destroyed me because I am not a crack landlord. I don’t run crack houses. I’m a very hardworking lady. I don’t run slum apartments,” she told CBC News on Tuesday.

Corey Duane Lucas was shot and killed in the building on May 25. Two weeks later, police returned to the property looking for drugs and weapons.

Halifax Regional Police said officers have been to the building 47 times since January 2011 — an average of nearly three times a month.

There are nine apartments in the building. Askri said it “became a crack house” when new tenants moved in to apartments 1 and 2.

Askri rented Apartment 2 to William Lee Bolliver and his mother, Susan Hawes, last October. They were arrested after a police raid Friday and charged with trafficking crack cocaine and oxycodone, and possession of a weapon.

Apartment 2 is where Lucas was gunned down. Bolliver was injured in the shooting. Black fingerprint dust was still visible on the door frame Tuesday.

Askri said she regrets ignoring the advice of her property managers when it came to renting to Hawes, who was on income assistance.

She didn’t do a criminal record check like she has done on other applicants.

Askri said Hawes called her crying, begging to be let into the building.

“I messed up with Hawes,” she said. “Because of my compassion, I messed up.”

When complaints about suspected drug activity started to pile up from tenants and neighbours in the upscale building next door, Askri decided the building needed a fresh start.

One month to leave

In mid-May, three days before Lucas was shot, Askri served all of her tenants with eviction notices. She said she told them it was due to repairs to the building.

“I took on myself to clean the building and start fresh again because bad apples spoil the rest of the basket,” she said.

Askri said she’s still shocked by the fatal shooting.

“I was devastated and I still am,” she said. “I didn’t expect this to happen in my building.”

The tenants have until June 22 to move out, but most are already gone. Askri said one woman who moved in last month is getting an extra few months to find a place because she’s such a new tenant.

Hawes, Bolliver and a co-accused are in custody awaiting a bail hearing next Monday.

Police have not arrested anyone in connection with Lucas’ death.

Dear Halifax Landlords. My dog is less mess and noise then a kid

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

I just wanted to drop a line to all the landlords in Halifax that are anti-dog. I wish you knew how many amazing tenants you miss out on just because they have a dog. And I have to say I find it insulting that childern are ok but dogs are not. Kids are just as, if not more, smelly, destructive and loud as dogs. Stop with the hate. Add love to your leases. Or just an extra deposit if you have a dog. If I had breed myself an offspring I would be responsible for any damage it may incur. I assure you the same is for my furbaby. Damages are damages …yes?