Legislative changes that every Nova Scotia co-op needs to know
Published February 10, 2023
Over the last few years, provincial governments have been updating and amending the legislation that housing co-operatives operate under. To be able to meet their legal responsibilities, co-ops need to ensure they stay up to date with changing government statutes and policy.
Nova Scotia co-ops need to be aware of two legislative changes in the last year:
- In April 2022, the Nova Scotia Legislature passed Bill 138. Co-ops can now hold meetings virtually, if allowed in their bylaws. This new legislation includes an amendment to consolidate the law respecting co-operative associations. The revised Co-operative Associations Act can be found here.2. Housing co-ops in the province also operate as landlords under the Residential Tenancy Act. Changes to that legislation came into effect February 3, 2023. They include:
- A rent cap remains in place until December 31 2023; for existing tenants, rent can only increase up to 2% each year.
- A landlord can increase rent anytime, not just on the annual anniversary of when the tenant signed the lease. The landlord must give the tenant at least 4 months’ notice and only increase rent once every 12 months.
- Tenants can use Form C1 to end their tenancy (lease) early if their landlord gives them a Notice of Rent Increase to increase rent before their tenancy anniversary date.
- A landlord can’t charge tenants different amounts for different rental terms. For example, they can’t charge a tenant a different amount for a year-to-year lease, month-to-month lease or a fixed-term tenancy (lease).
- If a tenant sublets their unit without their landlord’s permission, the landlord can end the tenant’s lease
- A landlord must give 24 hours’ notice before entering the tenant’s unit, even if the tenant has given their notice to end the lease. A landlord can only enter a unit without notice if there’s an emergency.
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