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The Nova Scotia government is serving notice to mobile home park
landlords that, from today on, excessive rent increases will be
subject to roll-back under new legislation proposed for 1997,
Business and Consumer Service Minister Sandy Jolly announced

"Since rent control was ended in 1993, there have been incidences
of substantial rent increases without a corresponding improvement
in service to the tenant. These situations are unacceptable," Ms.
Jolly said. "We will be proposing legislation next year that will
include rent protection for mobile home park tenants and it will
be retroactive to today, Dec. 20. Retroactivity will mean that
any notice of rent increase announced from today on will be
subject to roll back once the legislation is proclaimed.

"If I were sending out a notice of rent increase today, I would
be very careful to ensure that it is an increase that can be
justified down the road. Otherwise, I would have to repay a lot
of money back to the tenant." The minister stressed that this is
not a rent freeze or a return to rent control, as rent increases
will be permitted and there is no ceiling being placed on

The minister said a new Residential Tenancies Act will propose
that where there is disagreement between landlords and tenants
over a proposed increase, either side can request that the
Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) resolve the dispute. If
mediation, or other means do not resolve the dispute, a
residential tenancies officer may make decisions concerning the
rent increase. These decisions may then be appealed to the RTB.

"Tenants in mobile home parks are in a very unique position," Ms.
Jolly said in explaining why government was moving to protect
them. "They own the building in which they live, but not the land
on which it sits. Relocating the home can cost up to $5,000, so
many tenants in mobile home parks put up with large rent increase
because the alternative is even more expensive."

Ms. Jolly said regulations will establish the criteria to be
applied for determining a justifiable rent increase. Criteria
will include changes in operating costs, renovations, repairs and
other factors. Over the next five months, department staff will
meet with landlord and tenant groups to discuss the shaping of
new legislation next year to replace the Residential Tenancies

There are approximately 10,000 mobile home owners renting space
in parks across Nova Scotia. The majority of them are in the
Halifax Regional Municipality.


Contact: Barb Jones-Gordon  902-424-5079

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