Housing, property and community
Hearing formats supported by Residential Tenancies and how to request a hearing format other than a telephone hearing.
Parties to an Application to the Director need to find access to a telephone or contact the residential tenancy officer to make other arrangements.
Process a tenant or landlord needs to follow to determine if a scheduled hearing is affected by office closures.
The applicant needs to return the Certificate of Service Form within 7 days or the residential tenancy officer may close the file.
Tenancies and leases
Rules and procedure landlords need to follow when dealing with personal property left behind by tenants at the end of a lease.
Landlords and tenants use Form L to swear that they’ve served residential tenancy documents on the other party.
How a landlord-tenant relationship is defined by looking at the difference between an Agreement of Purchase and Sale and a lease.
Landlords need to follow rules when increasing the rent in a land-lease community (mobile park).
Landlords aren’t allowed to charge prospective tenants an application fee when applying to rent a unit.
How landlords and tenants can get help from a residential tenancy officer to resolve a dispute.
Apply to the Director of Residential Tenancies to end a tenant’s lease because of unpaid rent.
Apply to the Director of Residential Tenancies to resolve a dispute between landlords and tenants.
Apply to have the fee waived for submitting an Application to the Director of Residential Tenancies.
How a tenant is protected if a landlord goes bankrupt or the property goes into foreclosure.
Rights and responsibilities of a landlord at the beginning of a tenancy (lease).
Rights and responsibilities of a tenant at the beginning of a tenancy (lease).
Guidance on ending a tenancy if the tenants and landlords can’t resolve behaviour problems.
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).
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.
How landlords can change the rules on cannabis, and how tenants can end their lease early as a result.
Landlords and tenants use Form L1 to certify that they’ve served residential tenancy documents on the other party.
Tenants use Form DR1 to let their landlord know they’re changing from a year-to year to a month-to-month tenancy (lease).
How landlords can be compensated for losses if a tenancy ends early due to a breach of the act or lease agreement.
Residential tenancy officers have to disqualify themselves from mediation and hearings if there’s a conflict of interest.
Landlords and tenants use Form DR3 to request a mediated settlement to be converted into an Order of the Director (decision).
How a residential tenancy officer can issue an Order of the Director if a party fails to comply with a mediated settlement.
How an Order of the Director can be made an Order of the Small Claims Court if it’s not appealed.
How to count months and days so that actions taken and notice periods are valid and follow the Residential Tenancies Act.
Rights and responsibilities of a landlord during a tenancy (lease).
Rights and responsibilities of a tenant during a tenancy (lease).
The Director of Residential Tenancies has no jurisdiction to decide disputes concerning election signs or canvassing.
Rights and responsibilities of a landlord at the end of a tenancy (lease).
Rights and responsibilities of a tenant at the end of a tenancy (lease).
Process landlords need to follow to end a tenancy (lease) properly.
Process tenants must follow to end their lease properly.
Process landlords must follow to evict a tenant from a housing co-operative.
Both applicant and respondent need to provide any relevant evidence at least 2 days before their hearing date.
How much notice to quit a tenant must be given if the government decides to take over (expropriate) the tenant’s rental.
Landlords use Form O to apply to increase the rent by more than the Annual Allowable Rent Increase Amount (AARIA).
The Residential Tenancies Act doesn’t apply to rental property on First Nations reserves.
Any residential tenancy officer can investigate Applications to Directors and make decisions no matter where the rental is located in Nova Scotia.
People who guarantee or co-sign a lease can be required to pay for loss or damage to the rental property.
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.
Landlords use Form A to record personal property that a tenant has left behind after the tenancy (lease) has ended.
If a landlord or tenant applies to have a dispute settled, a residential tenancy officer first investigates and tries to mediate a settlement.
Rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords of land-lease communities (mobile parks).
Rules landlords must follow when increasing the rent for a tenant in a land-lease community.
The rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords of land-lease communities (mobile parks).
Process that tenants, landlords and buyers must follow when a tenant wants to sell a manufactured home within a land-lease community.
Apply to increase the rent in a land-lease community (mobile park) by more than the Annual Allowable Rent Increase Amount (AARIA).
Landlords use Form M to give their tenants Notice of Rent Increase in a land-lease community (mobile park).
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.
Landlords use Form E to give their tenants Notice to Quit if the tenant has breached (not complied with) a statutory condition.
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.
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).
Options available to landlords and tenants if they can’t resolve a dispute on their own.
The Residential Tenancies Act doesn’t apply to an occupancy agreement between an individual and the Canadian Forces Housing Authority.
Each tenant whose name is on a lease is equally responsible for all the obligations of the lease, including paying rent.
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.
Parties to an order must be uniquely identified for a Small Claims Court Order to be enforced.
Residential tenancy officers need to be neutral (fair) and professional when dealing with residential tenancy disputes and holding hearings.
Public housing follows the Residential Tenancies Act, but it has different rules on subletting, income qualifications and rent increases.
Individuals can access their own personal information in residential tenancy application files, while the public has limited access.
A tenant cannot be required to pay rent in advance as a term of a lease.
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.
Record the condition of a rental unit at the start and end of a tenancy (lease) by using the Rental Unit Condition Report Form.
The rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.
The process a tenant or landlord needs to follow to ask for their residential tenancy hearing to be rescheduled or adjourned.
After a residential tenancy hearing, landlords and tenants can either accept the decision or appeal it.
Processes available to landlords and tenants to resolve disputes.
Options available to landlords and tenants if they can’t resolve disputes on their own: mediation and hearings.
Rights and responsibilities of landlords and students where students are renting from landlords.
Forms for tenants and landlords to document items between each other and give formal notices.
Residential tenancy guides provide tenants and landlords with information about their individual rights and responsibilities.
Policies include specific information on the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants under the Residential Tenancies Act.
Options available to landlords and tenants for resolving disputes during a tenancy (lease).
Landlords use the Security Deposit Claim Form to claim some or all of their tenant’s security deposit for unpaid rent or damage.
The maximum a security deposit can be and what happens to it at the end of a lease.
Several residential tenancy documents need to be delivered in a way that can be proven, like by registered mail or in person.
Landlords can use Form P as the residential lease agreement they provide to their tenant to sign.
The conditions in the Standard Form of Lease apply to all residential rental agreements, even if people use another form or a spoken agreement.
Landlords need to keep rental properties in a good state of repair and liveable during the tenancy.
Someone can request an Order for Substituted Service if they've tried unsuccessfully to serve someone else with a document.
Superintendents are considered to be tenants and have all the rights and responsibilities as any other tenant, except for tenure.
Landlords can use rental applications as long as the questions don’t violate the Human Rights Act and there’s no fee.
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.
Tenants can end their tenancy (lease) early if the landlord changes the rules to restrict smoking or growing recreational cannabis in the rental.
Tenants use Form C to tell their landlord they’ll be moving out at the end of their tenancy (lease).
A tenant’s personal representative uses Form I to end a tenancy (lease) early if the only tenant living in a rental unit dies.
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).
Residential tenancy officers’ responsibilities as they relate to landlords keeping their security deposits in trust accounts.
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 dispute between a condominium owner and a condominium corporation heard by a condominium dispute officer.
Apply to request arbitration for disputes between condominium corporations and unit owners that can’t be resolved by a condominium dispute officer.
Condominium developers and boards of established condominium corporations use Form 9 to appoint or change a registered agent on behalf of the condominium corporation.
Architects use Form 20 to certify that the condominium buildings have been built in accordance with the architectural plans.
Engineers use Form 21 to certify that the condominium buildings have been built substantially based on the structural plans.
Boards of directors of condominium corporations use Form 28 to notify members of the corporation of proposed rule changes.
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.
Condominium corporations use Form 25 to notify the unit owner and the occupant (tenant) of a breach of rules.
Apply for a condominium corporation number from the Registrar of Condominiums if you’re a declarant (developer) and want to build a condominium.
Condominium corporations use Form 15 to submit revised by-laws to the Registrar of Condominiums.
Condominium corporations need to keep their list of board members up to date with the Registrar of Condominiums.
How to designate a commercial development district and develop a commercial phase-in by-law that supports municipal priorities.
Overview of the Financial Reporting and Accounting Manual Regulation. The manual outlines municipal financial reporting and policy requirements for municipalities and villages.
We’re working on adding more information. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, visit the old website.