Housing, property and community

Tenancies and leases

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.

Affidavit of Service: Residential Tenancies (Form L)

Landlords and tenants use Form L to swear that they’ve served residential tenancy documents on the other party.

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.

Annual allowable rent increase amount: land-lease communities (mobile parks)

Landlords need to follow rules when increasing the rent in a land-lease community (mobile park).

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.

Application to Director Policy: Residential Tenancies

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

Application to Director to end tenancy (lease) because of unpaid rent (Form K)

Apply to the Director of Residential Tenancies to end a tenant’s lease because of unpaid rent.

Application to Director to resolve dispute between landlord and tenant (Form J)

Apply to the Director of Residential Tenancies to resolve a dispute between landlords and tenants.

Apply to waive fee for Application to the Director of Residential Tenancies

Apply to have the fee waived for submitting an Application to the Director of Residential Tenancies.

Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Policy: Residential Tenancies

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

Beginning of a tenancy: rights and responsibilities of landlords

Rights and responsibilities of a landlord at the beginning of a tenancy (lease).

Beginning of a tenancy: rights and responsibilities of tenants

Rights and responsibilities of a tenant at the beginning of a tenancy (lease).

Behaviour Policy: Residential Tenancies

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

Calculate interest on security deposit

Use the security deposit interest calculator to find out how much interest (on a security deposit) a landlord owes a tenant at the end of the tenancy (lease).

Calculate Proceeds from Sale of Tenant’s Personal Property (Form B)

Landlords use Form B to calculate the proceeds from selling the tenant’s abandoned property at the end of the tenancy (lease). The form is part of the inventory of tenant’s abandoned personal property process.

Cannabis rules for landlords and tenants: overview

How landlords can change the rules on cannabis, and how tenants can end their lease early as a result.

Certificate of Service: Residential Tenancies (Form L1)

Landlords and tenants use Form L1 to certify that they’ve served residential tenancy documents on the other party.

Change year-to-year lease to month-to-month lease (Form DR1)

Tenants use Form DR1 to let their landlord know they’re changing from a year-to year to a month-to-month tenancy (lease).

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.

Conflict of Interest Policy for residential tenancy officers: Residential Tenancies

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

Convert mediated settlement into Order of the Director (Form DR3)

Landlords and tenants use Form DR3 to request a mediated settlement to be converted into an Order of the Director (decision).

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.

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 is not appealed.

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.

During a tenancy: rights and responsibilities of landlords

Rights and responsibilities of a landlord during a tenancy (lease).

During a tenancy: rights and responsibilities of tenants

Rights and responsibilities of a tenant during a tenancy (lease).

Election Signs and Canvassing Policy: Residential Tenancies

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

End of a tenancy: rights and responsibilities of landlords

Rights and responsibilities of a landlord at the end of a tenancy (lease).

End of a tenancy: rights and responsibilities of tenants

Rights and responsibilities of a tenant at the end of a tenancy (lease).

Ending a tenancy: guide for landlords

The process landlords must follow to end a lease properly.

Ending a tenancy: guide for tenants

The process tenants must follow to end their lease properly.

Evictions from a housing co-operative: guide for landlords

The process landlords must follow to evict a tenant from a housing co-operative.

Evidence Policy: Residential Tenancies

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

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.

Financial Information for Rent Increase Greater than Annual Allowable Rent Increase Amount (Form O)

Landlords use Form O to apply to increase the rent by more than the Annual Allowable Rent Increase Amount (AARIA).

First Nations Reserves Policy: Residential Tenancies

The Residential Tenancies Act does not apply to rental property on First Nations reserves.

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.

Inventory of Goods and Proceeds of Sale: Residential Tenancies

Landlords use the Inventory of Goods and Proceeds of Sale Form to account for the sale or disposal of tenants’ abandoned property. The form is part of the inventory of tenant’s abandoned personal property process.

Inventory of Tenant’s Abandoned Personal Property (Form A)

Landlords use Form A to record personal property that a tenant has left behind after the tenancy (lease) has ended.

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.

Land-lease communities (mobile parks): guide for tenants and landlords

Rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords of land-lease communities (mobile parks).

Land-lease communities (mobile parks): rental increases

Rules landlords must follow when increasing the rent for a tenant in a land-lease community.

Land-lease communities (mobile parks): rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords

The rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords of land-lease communities (mobile parks).

Land-lease communities (mobile parks): selling a manufactured home (mobile home)

Process that tenants, landlords and buyers must follow when a tenant wants to sell a manufactured home within a land-lease community.

Landlord’s Application to Director for Rent Increase Greater than Annual Allowable Rent Increase Amount (Form N)

Apply to increase the rent in a land-lease community (mobile park) by more than the Annual Allowable Rent Increase Amount (AARIA).

Landlord’s Notice of Rent Increase for space in a land-lease community (Form M)

Landlords use Form M to give their tenants Notice of Rent Increase in a land-lease community (mobile park).

Landlord’s Notice to Quit: Additional Circumstances (Form F)

Landlords use Form F to give their tenants Notice to Quit for reasons other than failure to pay rent and not complying with statutory conditions.

Landlord’s Notice to Quit: Breach of Statutory Condition (Form E)

Landlords use Form E to give their tenants Notice to Quit if the tenant has breached (not complied with) a statutory condition.

Landlord’s Notice to Quit: Failure to Pay Rent (Form D)

Landlords use Form D to give tenants Notice to Quit when the tenants have failed to pay rent and the landlord wants to end the tenancy.

Landlord’s Notice to Quit: Purchaser to Occupy Residential Premises - Sale of Residential Premises (Form DR2)

Landlords use Form DR2 to give tenants Notice to Quit when the landlord sells the property and the new owner or a family member is going to move in (occupy the premises).

Mediation and hearings: dispute resolution options for landlords and tenants

Options available to landlords and tenants if they can’t resolve a dispute on their own.

Military Housing Policy: Residential Tenancies

The Residential Tenancies Act does not apply to an occupancy agreement between an individual and the Canadian Forces Housing Authority.

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.

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.

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.

Policy on the geographic jurisdiction of residential tenancy officers

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

Procedures and conduct policy for hearings: Residential Tenancies

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

Public Housing Policy: Residential Tenancies

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

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.

Rent in Advance Policy: Residential Tenancies

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

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.

Rental Unit Condition Report Form

Record the condition of a rental unit at the start and end of a tenancy (lease) by using the Rental Unit Condition Report Form.

Renting: guide for tenants

The rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.

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.

Residential Tenancies: guide to options after a residential tenancy hearing

After a residential tenancy hearing, landlords and tenants can either accept the decision or appeal it.

Residential Tenancies: guide to resolving disputes

The processes available to landlords and tenants to resolve disputes.

Residential Tenancies: mediation and hearings guide

Options available to landlords and tenants if they can’t resolve disputes on their own: mediation and hearings.

Residential Tenancies: renting guide for students

Rights and responsibilities of landlords and students where students are renting from landlords.

Residential tenancy forms

Forms for tenants and landlords to document items between each other and give formal notices.

Residential tenancy guides

Residential tenancy guides provide tenants and landlords with information about their individual rights and responsibilities.

Residential tenancy policies

Policies include specific information on the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants under the Residential Tenancies Act.

Resolve disputes: options for landlords and tenants

Options available to landlords and tenants for resolving disputes during a tenancy (lease).

Security Deposit Claim Form: Residential Tenancies

Landlords use the Security Deposit Claim Form to claim some or all of their tenant’s security deposit for unpaid rent or damage.

Security Deposit Policy: Residential Tenancies

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

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.

Standard Form of Lease (Form P)

Landlords can use Form P as the residential lease agreement they provide to their tenant to sign.

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.

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.

Substituted Service Policy: Residential Tenancies

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

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.

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 is no fee.

Tenant's Notice to Quit: Early Termination of Tenancy (Form G and Form H)

Tenants use Form G and Form H to end their tenancy (lease) early if their health has gotten worse or they’ve been accepted into a nursing home.

Tenant's Notice to Quit: Early Termination of Tenancy Due to Cannabis Rules

Tenants can end their tenancy (lease) early if the landlord changes the rules to restrict smoking or growing recreational cannabis in the rental.

Tenant's Notice to Quit: leave at end of lease term (Form C) 

Tenants use Form C to tell their landlord they’ll be moving out at the end of their tenancy (lease).

Tenant’s Notice to Quit: Early Termination of Tenancy by Personal Representative (Form I)

A tenant’s personal representative uses Form I to end a tenancy (lease) early if the only tenant living in a rental unit dies.

Tenant’s Notice to Quit: Purchaser to Occupy Residential Premises - Sale of Residential Premises (Form DR2)

Tenants can end their tenancy (lease) early if their landlord sells the property and the new owner or family member is going to move in (occupy the premises).

Timeline for applications to director policy: Residential Tenancies

An Application to Director needs to be filed within one year of the lease ending.

Trust account policy for security deposits: Residential Tenancies

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

Condominiums

Apply to appeal the decision of a condominium dispute officer (Form 27)

Apply to appeal a decision made by a condominium dispute officer about a dispute between a condominium corporation and a unit owner.

Apply to have a condominium dispute heard by a condominium dispute officer (Form 26)

Apply to have a dispute between a condominium owner and a condominium corporation heard by a condominium dispute officer.

Apply to request arbitration for condominium dispute (Form 23)

Apply to request arbitration for disputes between condominium corporations and unit owners that can’t be resolved by a condominium dispute officer.

Appoint or change a registered agent for your condominium corporation (Form 9)

Condominium developers and boards of established condominium corporations use Form 9 to appoint or change a registered agent on behalf of the condominium corporation.

Certificate of the Architect: condominium development (Form 20)

Architects use Form 20 to certify that the condominium buildings have been built in accordance with the architectural plans.

Certificate of the Engineer: condominium development (Form 21)

Engineers use Form 21 to certify that the condominium buildings have been built substantially based on the structural plans.

Condominium Corporations Notice of Rule Change (Form 28)

Boards of directors of condominium corporations use Form 28 to notify members of the corporation of proposed rule changes.

Declarant’s Certificate: initial condominium corporation by-laws (Form 15A)

Form 15A is part of the condominium registration process. Condominium declarants (developers) use the form to submit the by-laws of the proposed condominium corporation to the Registrar of Condominiums.

Notice of Breach of Condominium Corporation’s Declaration, By-laws, or Common-element Rules (Form 25)

Condominium corporations use Form 25 to notify the unit owner and the occupant (tenant) of a breach of rules.

Request a proposed condominium corporation number

Apply for a condominium corporation number from the Registrar of Condominiums if you’re a declarant (developer) and want to build a condominium.

Submit revised condominium corporation by-laws to the Registrar of Condominiums (Form 15)

Condominium corporations use Form 15 to submit revised by-laws to the Registrar of Condominiums.

Update list of condominium corporation officers and directors

Condominium corporations need to keep their list of board members up to date with the Registrar of Condominiums.

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