Strengthening Residential Tenancies Act for Tenants and Landlords

Your Liberal government has introduced changes in an effort to make the Residential Tenancies Act more inclusive, accessible and balanced for both tenants and landlords across Nova Scotia.

The amendments are largely based on consultations with tenant and landlord groups, and will improve clarity and consistency in the law, increase efficiency and help balance interests of tenants and landlords:

  • both tenants and landlords will have alternate ways to submit service documents, such as electronically, instead of personal service or registered mail
  • reducing the minimum timeframe landlords are required to store abandoned property from 60 days to 30 days
  • currently, new homebuyers must make an application to evict a tenant after a home is purchased. Now, a buyer must initiate the eviction process upon possession of the home. The proposed changes allow the seller to initiate the eviction upon proof of sale
  • allowing tenants to give notice to change their yearly tenancy to month-to-month instead of asking for a landlord’s permission
  • providing landlords with entry times to show an apartment to a prospective tenant or purchaser where there is a fixed-term lease in place
  • terminating a lease the next month after a single tenant dies to eliminate unnecessary financial hardship for family of the deceased. Currently, a family of a deceased tenant must give one month’s formal notice to end the tenancy and could be responsible for up to two months’ rent, depending on when the notice is given.

It’s important to note we will continue to work with these groups on other opportunities for improvement.

These changes are part of ongoing work to modernize the Residential Tenancy program and support your Liberal government’s commitment to cut red tape for business and citizens, modernize legislation and make government services more accessible and efficient for Nova Scotians.