Posts Tagged ‘Halifax’

More than 50 cats and kittens were removed from a 1-bedroom apartment in Halifax.

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

June 1st, 2013

Halifax landlord tenant pets


No matter where you are in Canada, landlords know tenants often leave things behind. This time it’s different!

According to a report on CBC news the Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia says more than 50 cats have been removed from a one bedroom apartment in Halifax.

The team was contacted by the landlord on Friday and with the co-operation of the tenant, 51 cats — ranging from small kittens to adults — were removed from the home of an elderly woman.

Spokeswoman Catherine Stevens says there were several sets of kittens, some that were born just a few days ago, and another cat who may be pregnant.

Stevens says the good news is all the cats were in good health.

 She says a temporary shelter has been set up, where the animals will be cared for over the next few days.

The cats will also be spayed and neutered before going to the SPCA for adoption.

Stevens is reminding the public of the importance of having your pet spayed or neutered.

We would like to remind the provincial government these are some of the issues we face and landlords need more tools to take effective action.

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

Nova Scotia Landlords Question – How Much Can I Raise the Rent in 2013?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

January 8th, 2013

 Nova scotia landlords how much can i raise the rent in 2013

Nova Scotia Landlords Can Raise the Rent 3% in 2013

Unlike in Alberta, landlords in Nova Scotia can only increase the rent for current tenants as much as the government will allow.

The government Residential Tenancies program announces an Annual Allowable Rent Increase Amount (AARIA).

The AARIA is published annually before April 1st.  The published amount is the limit landlords can increase rents from January 1st to December 31st for the year following.

The 2013 allowable rent increase (between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013) is 3.0%.

In Ontario landlords can raise the rent by 2.5% in 2013.

In British Columbia landlords can raise the rent by 3.8% in 2013.

In Manitoba landlords can raise the rent by 1% in 2013.

How Does the Government Calculate AARIA?

The formula for calculating the annual AARIA is (X + Y) ÷ 2.

  • X = the annual average percentage change for the Consumer Price Index* for the calendar year immediately before the year the annual allowable rent increase amount is published.
  • Y = the annual average percentage change for the Consumer Price Index for the calendar year immediately before the calendar year used for X.

If the annual average percentage change for the Consumer Price Index for a given year is a negative value, the percentage change that will be used to calculate the AARIA will be 0.0 % for that year.

* the Consumer Price Index means the all-items Consumer Price Index for Nova Scotia, not seasonally adjusted, published by Statistics Canada.

How To Give Your Tenants A Rent Increase

A landlord may give tenants in a land-lease community a rental increase that is anywhere between zero and the AARIA, using the Notice of Rent Increase form provided.

The Guideline Rate of 3% Is Too Low

If a landlord wishes to give a rent increase that is higher than AARIA, the landlord must make an application to director using the guidelines in the Landlord’s Guide to Residential Tenancies.  This can be a complicated process.  It’s a good reason to make sure you find great tenants.

Is Rent Control the Answer for Nova Scotia?

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

July 28th, 2012


Government Says Rent Control Won’t Be Coming Back!

What is the Latest News about Rent Control?

A couple of regional councillors in Halifax claim they have heard complaints about rent increases.  The want the government to consider bringing about ‘rent control.’

According to Councillor Sue Uteck, people are saying rent payments are too expensive and they simply can’t afford it.

Do they Have Any Concrete Examples?

Uteck claims she heard the complaints while campaigning door to door.  One person she met stated his rent went up $400.  One student said his rent jumped up by $300 a month.  One senior citizen said their rent increased by $350.

Uteck says that while rent control may not be the best answer, what other choices are out there?

What Does the Government Say About Rent Control?

Fortunately the government has no interest in bringing back rent control.  According to the spokesperson for Premier Dexter, rent control is “not something the province is considering or looking at at this time.”

Can You Tell Me the Back Story Behind This?

Rent control end in 1993 under a Liberal government. 

What was the Rental Environment Like Back Then?

The economy wasn’t strong and vacancies were at all time high.  Vacancy rates of over 12 % were common in Halifax.

It was so back landlords were forced to offer things such as free cable television to try to attract tenants.

What is the Vacancy Rate in 2012?

Vacancy rates are much lower.

According to the CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation), the rate is 3.2 for Halifax.

The average rent in Halifax for a 2 bedroom apartment is $926/month.

Aren’t the Vacancy Rates Published by the CMCH Misleading?

Yes.  They don’t take small private landlords into account in their study.  In reality, the rates are no where near what the CMHC has published.

Who is the Second Councillor Trying to Use the Rent Control Issue to Get Votes?

Dawn Sloane is a councillor who is running in a newly created riding.  Sloane says she contacted Premier Dexter about rent control and he didn’t even agree to consider it.  According to Sloane, she’s hearing more and more tenant complaints.

What’s the Reason for Higher Rents in Halifax?

Both councillors believe the the Irving shipbuilding contract is the reason reason for the rent hikes.

According to Sloane landlords as “cashing in.”

Why Are Rents Rising in Halifax?

When rents drop and and vacancy rates rise, where were these two councillors?  Where are they on the real issues for rent increases: out of control property taxes and huge increases in the costs of utilities and energy.

Political pandering is alive and well in Halifax.  Fortunately the Premier is aware of it.