Why rent with a Property Manager?
We want you to feel at home…
If you’re a renter you could be wondering how exactly a property manager’s involvement can benefit you.
First and foremost, Ansell Property Management works with landlords that value their properties so we can offer you quality rentals to call home. Although we are representing the property owner, Ansell understands that our relationship with our clients and tenants are crucial in meeting the expectations of both parties; the right type of lease, proper communication of rules, laws and expectations have allowed us to make sure both the landlord and tenant benefit from our high standard of service.
Property managers are experienced in prioritizing issues and dealing with them in a prompt and professional manner. We are on duty for extended hours and provide contact information in the event of an off-hours emergency. No matter where the property owner is, Ansell Property Management will have someone available from our team of professionals when you have a problem.
With over fourteen years of experience in property management the Ansell team has a vast knowledge of the Nova Scotia Residential Tenancies Act. There are no surprises when you rent from us, when you meet the terms of the signed lease you are protected, we have your best interest at heart.
Once you’ve rented with Ansell Property Management, it can be easier to find another rental property in the future. We manage a variety of different properties, and may have a vacancy in an area you’ll be interested in. Your proven rental history will be enough to approve you to continue to rent another property through us! Moving to a new place is as simple as making a call to inquire about available rentals and setting a date for your move.
We understand that you are not just looking for a place to rent, but rather a place to call home. We respect that and take great measures to make sure our featured properties are everything a home should be and that your experience with Ansell Property Management is one you would gladly tell your friends and family about.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long are rental agreements for?
Is a signed lease required?
Is a signed move in/move out inspection report required?
What are security deposits?
Can tenants be charged for keys?
Can a landlord request post dated cheques?
How much notice is required to renew a lease?
If a tenant wishes to change their lease to a month-to month tenancy they must give 3 months notice to the landlord who must approve the change.
How can a lease be terminated?
Fixed term leases have an end date and expire automatically if the term is not renewed by agreement prior to the end date. Once a fixed term expires, the landlord no longer has any obligation to the tenant. A Tenant cannot give notice to quit unless lease unless the tenant has been victim to domestic violence by giving one month’s notification to the landlord and providing a Certificate Confirming Grounds to Terminate Tenancy Due to Domestic Violence, which is issued by the Director of Victim Services within 60 days of issue of the certificate.
Tenants with a periodic lease are automatically granted tenure. This means that their lease cannot be terminated without a valid reason from the landlord
A tenant can terminate the lease, in writing, with adequate notice as follows:
1. Year-to-year lease: tenant must provide landlord with 3 month’s advance notice
2. Month-month lease: tenant must provide landlord with one month advance notice
3. Week-to-week lease: tenant must provide landlord with 1 week advance notice.
How does a sublet work?
What is an allowable rent increase?
Access Nova Scotia’s Residential Tenancies Program publishes an Annual Allowable Rent Increase Amount (AARIA) for land lease communities, which landlords are required to refer to when determining how much to increase a tenant’s rent.
When is rent considered late?
15 days in a month-to-month lease
7 days in a week-to-week lease,
30 days for tenants living in manufactured homes
In most leases, after a period of 15 days, the landlord can issue a notice to quit to the tenant, giving the tenant 15 days to pay their rent in full or vacate the property. If the tenant fails to take any action, the landlord can serve them with an order for immediate vacancy.
What are reasonable grounds for eviction?
If the rent has not been paid in 15 days o
If the tenant violates the statutory conditions in the Act.
The landlord is required to file for a hearing to have a judgement issued or to mediate. In a hearing, the landlord and tenant will each be heard and they may bring forth evidence to support their case. A Residential Tenancies Officer will make the final judgment and will issue an order to one or both parties. The landlord must take the order issued to the court administrative offices to have it converted into an eviction order that only the Sheriff’s office is able to enforce. There may be some delays in obtaining the eviction order if the tenant appeals the officer’s decision to Small Claims Court.
How much notice is required to enter a unit?
May the tenant withhold rent for repairs?
Can a tenant change the locks?
Is a landlord allowed to refuse to rent to a tenant who has pets?
Rules that landlords set must apply to all tenants living in the same complex/property and all tenants must receive a copy of the rules before signing a lease. A landlord can choose to change the rules, by giving tenants 4 months written notice prior to the lease anniversary.
Can a landlord include a no-smoking clause in the lease?
If the tenant violates a clause in the lease, can the landlord evict the tenant?
- Halifax Transit
- Halifax Regional School Board
- Nova Scotia Power
- Halifax Water
- Bell Aliant
- Cannabis Control Act
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations — Residential Tenancies
Toll-free within Nova Scotia: 1-800-670-4357
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Halifax, NS B3S 0B7
Dartmouth NS B2W 6A3
Rental Guides by Topic
- Tenant’s Guide to Residential Tenancies
- Exploring Your Options for Resolving Disputes
- Mediation and Hearings
- After the Hearing — What Now?
Acts and Statues
- Residential Tenancies Act (See provincial contact, above.)
- Residential Tenancies Regulations (See provincial contact, above.)
- Residential Tenancy Branch
- Human Rights Commission – This Web site provides an overview of the commission, the complaint process and a variety of information related to the commission.
- Department of Community Services – The information provided is brief, but the list of programs and services available is quite useful.
- Department of Seniors – Provides a number of services to seniors in the province including housing assistance.