Politiques relatives à la location à usage d’habitation

Les politiques relatives à la location à usage d’habitation fournissent des renseignements particuliers sur les droits et les responsabilités des propriétaires et des locataires en vertu de la loi sur la location à usage d’habitation (Residential Tenancies Act).

Les politiques relatives à la location à usage d’habitation aident les propriétaires et les locataires à comprendre la loi sur la location à usage d’habitation (Residential Tenancies Act). Les responsables du Programme de location à usage d’habitation s’appuient sur les politiques pour prendre des décisions en vertu de la loi sur la location à usage d’habitation (Residential Tenancies Act).

Les agents du service du logement s’appuient sur les politiques relatives à la location à usage d’habitation lorsqu’ils agissent comme médiateurs de différends ou règlent des différends entre locataires et propriétaires. Les politiques contribuent à assurer un règlement uniforme des problèmes, même lorsqu’ils ne sont pas expressément mentionnés dans la loi sur la location à usage d’habitation (Residential Tenancies Act).

Documents

Abandoned Personal Property Policy: Residential Tenancies

Rules and procedure landlords need to follow when dealing with personal property left behind by tenants at the end of a lease.

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Agreements of Purchase and Sale Policy: Residential Tenancies

How a landlord-tenant relationship is defined by looking at the difference between an Agreement of Purchase and Sale and a lease.

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Application Fees for Rental Units Policy: Residential Tenancies

Landlords aren’t allowed to charge prospective tenants an application fee when applying to rent a unit.

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Application to Director Policy: Residential Tenancies

How landlords and tenants can get help from a residential tenancy officer to resolve a dispute.

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Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Policy: Residential Tenancies

How a tenant is protected if a landlord goes bankrupt or the property goes into foreclosure.

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Behaviour Policy: Residential Tenancies

Guidance on ending a tenancy if the tenants and landlords can’t resolve behaviour problems.

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Compensation for Loss after Ending a Tenancy Policy: Residential Tenancies

How landlords can be compensated for losses if a tenancy ends early due to a breach of the act or lease agreement.

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Conflict of Interest Policy for residential tenancy officers: Residential Tenancies

Residential tenancy officers have to disqualify themselves from mediation and hearings if there’s a conflict of interest.

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Converting a Mediated Settlement into a Director’s Order Policy: Residential Tenancies

How a residential tenancy officer can issue an Order of the Director if a party fails to comply with a mediated settlement.

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Converting Order of the Director into Order of the Small Claims Court policy: Residential Tenancies

How an Order of the Director can be made an Order of the Small Claims Court if it’s not appealed.

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Counting Days Policy: Residential Tenancies

How to count months and days so that actions taken and notice periods are valid and follow the Residential Tenancies Act.

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Election Signs and Canvassing Policy: Residential Tenancies

The Director of Residential Tenancies has no jurisdiction to decide disputes concerning election signs or canvassing.

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Evidence Policy: Residential Tenancies

Both applicant and respondent need to provide any relevant evidence at least 2 days before their hearing date.

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Expropriations Policy: Residential Tenancies

How much notice to quit a tenant must be given if the government decides to take over (expropriate) the tenant’s rental.

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First Nations Reserves Policy: Residential Tenancies

The Residential Tenancies Act doesn’t apply to rental property on First Nations reserves.

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Format of Hearings Policy: Residential Tenancies

Hearing formats supported by Residential Tenancies and how to request a hearing format other than a telephone hearing.

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Indemnifiers (Guarantors) and Co-signers Policy: Residential Tenancies

People who guarantee or co-sign a lease can be required to pay for loss or damage to the rental property.

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Investigation and Mediation Policy: Residential Tenancies

If a landlord or tenant applies to have a dispute settled, a residential tenancy officer first investigates and tries to mediate a settlement.

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Military Housing Policy: Residential Tenancies

The Residential Tenancies Act doesn’t apply to an occupancy agreement between an individual and the Canadian Forces Housing Authority.

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Multiple Tenants Policy: Residential Tenancies

Each tenant whose name is on a lease is equally responsible for all the obligations of the lease, including paying rent.

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No Telephone Access Policy: Residential Tenancies

Parties to an Application to the Director need to find access to a telephone or contact the residential tenancy officer to make other arrangements.

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Office Closure Policy: Residential Tenancies

Process a tenant or landlord needs to follow to determine if a scheduled hearing is affected by office closures.

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Policy on buying and selling a manufactured home (mobile home): Residential Tenancies

A tenant in a land-lease community (mobile park) can’t be forced into buying a manufactured home from the landlord, and can buy whatever they want.

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Policy on identifying parties to an order: Residential Tenancies

Parties to an order must be uniquely identified for a Small Claims Court Order to be enforced.

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Geographic Jurisdiction of Residential Tenancy Officers Policy

Any residential tenancy officer can investigate Applications to Directors and make decisions no matter where the rental is located in Nova Scotia.

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Procedures and conduct policy for hearings: Residential Tenancies

Residential tenancy officers need to be neutral (fair) and professional when dealing with residential tenancy disputes and holding hearings.

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Public Housing Policy: Residential Tenancies

Public housing follows the Residential Tenancies Act, but it has different rules on subletting, income qualifications and rent increases.

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Public Release of Records Policy: Residential Tenancies

Individuals can access their own personal information in residential tenancy application files, while the public has limited access.

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Rental Property Conversion Policy: Residential Tenancies

A landlord must meet all requirements of the Rental Property Conversion Act if they want to convert their rental unit into a condo, house or other property.

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Rent in Advance Policy: Residential Tenancies

A tenant cannot be required to pay rent in advance as a term of a lease.

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Rescheduling or Adjourning Hearings Policy: Residential Tenancies

The process a tenant or landlord needs to follow to ask for their residential tenancy hearing to be rescheduled or adjourned.

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Security Deposit Policy: Residential Tenancies

The maximum a security deposit can be and what happens to it at the end of a lease.

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Service of Documents Policy: Residential Tenancies

Several residential tenancy documents need to be delivered in a way that can be proven, like by registered mail or in person.

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Standard Form of Lease Policy: Residential Tenancies

The conditions in the Standard Form of Lease apply to all residential rental agreements, even if people use another form or a spoken agreement.

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Standards of Health, Safety or Housing Policy: Residential Tenancies

Landlords need to keep rental properties in a good state of repair and liveable during the tenancy.

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Substituted Service Policy: Residential Tenancies

Someone can request an Order for Substituted Service if they've tried unsuccessfully to serve someone else with a document.

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Superintendents as Tenants Policy: Residential Tenancies

Superintendents are considered to be tenants and have all the rights and responsibilities as any other tenant, except for tenure.

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Tenant Application to Rent Residential Premises Policy: Residential Tenancies

Landlords can use rental applications as long as the questions don’t violate the Human Rights Act and there’s no fee.

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Trust account policy for security deposits: Residential Tenancies

Residential tenancy officers’ responsibilities as they relate to landlords keeping their security deposits in trust accounts.

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Unreturned Certificate of Service Policy: Residential Tenancies

The applicant needs to return the Certificate of Service Form within 7 days or the residential tenancy officer may close the file.

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