The Province is protecting renters by extending the ban on ending a residential lease for the purpose of renovations.
“We are extending the ban so our most vulnerable citizens continue to be protected during the pandemic,” said Colton LeBlanc, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services. “With the uncertainty of the pandemic continuing, and with the province still being in a state of emergency, we need to extend this temporary measure to help keep people in their homes.”
The ban was scheduled to end February 1, 2022, or when the state of emergency was lifted, whichever came first. With this change, the ban on ending a residential lease for the purpose of renovations is being extended until the state of emergency ends or the ban is repealed, whichever comes first.
— the Province introduced the ban on landlords ending a lease for renovations on November 25, 2020
— the Residential Tenancies Act was amended in October 2021 to enhance tenant protections in situations where the landlord needs to end a lease for the purpose of renovations; the new rules will come into effect when the ban ends
— the temporary two per cent rent cap was extended through legislation until December 31, 2023