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    Canadian Renters 101: Nova Scotia Tenant Rights

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    As a renter in Nova Scotia, understanding your rights is fundamental to a secure and comfortable tenancy. From Halifax to Cape Breton, every tenant in the province deserves to know their rights and responsibilities. In this comprehensive guide, APOLLO Insurance presents an overview of Nova Scotia tenant rights to empower renters across the province.

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    1. The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA): Nova Scotia's Residential Tenancies Act is the cornerstone of tenant rights in the province. This legislation outlines the rights and obligations of both landlords and tenants, covering various aspects such as rent, security deposits, repairs, and evictions.

    2. Rental Agreements: Before moving into a rental property in Nova Scotia, tenants typically sign a rental agreement with their landlord. This document details the terms of the tenancy, including rent, lease duration, and any rules or regulations. Understanding the rental agreement is crucial for tenants to know their rights and responsibilities.

    3. Security Deposits: The RTA regulates security deposits in Nova Scotia, limiting the amount landlords can charge. Landlords must provide tenants with a written receipt for the deposit, and it must be returned within a specified timeframe at the end of the tenancy, provided all conditions are met.

    4. Rent Increases: Under the RTA, landlords in Nova Scotia can only increase rent once every 12 months, with proper notice given to tenants. The amount of increase is regulated by provincial guidelines to ensure fairness. Tenants have the right to dispute rent increases that exceed the allowable limit.

    5. Repairs and Maintenance: Landlords in Nova Scotia are responsible for maintaining rental properties in a safe and habitable condition. This includes making necessary repairs to the property's structure, plumbing, heating, and electrical systems. Tenants should promptly report any maintenance issues to their landlord.

    6. Privacy Rights: Tenants in Nova Scotia have the right to privacy in their rental units. Landlords must provide reasonable notice before entering the premises for inspections, repairs, or other non-emergency reasons.

    7. Evictions: The RTA outlines specific conditions under which landlords can evict tenants in Nova Scotia, such as non-payment of rent or illegal activities. However, landlords must follow due process and obtain an eviction order from the Residential Tenancies Program before forcing a tenant to leave.

    By understanding their rights as tenants in Nova Scotia, renters can advocate for themselves and ensure a positive rental experience. APOLLO Insurance is committed to helping renters protect their homes and belongings with comprehensive rental insurance coverage. Our policies offer peace of mind by safeguarding against unexpected events such as theft, fire, or water damage.

    APOLLO offers effortless tenant insurance that’s designed to protect Canadian renters. Get a free quote on our online platform in less than a minute and we’ll send your policy documents right to your inbox.

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    Originally published March 12, 2024, updated March 12, 2024

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