Renters will soon have the option of searching a landlord database where they can look for knowledgeable and reputable landlords.
A new registry and certification program is being created to educate landlords and tenants on what, precisely, their rights are. The new program is will be modelled on a similar program currently in place in British-Columbia.
The goal of the program is to keep tenants, landlords, and their employees on provincial tenancy legislation.
Executive Director of the Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia Kevin Russell tells NEWS 95.7 that it will be a resource that can be used in a competitive market.
"We've found a lot of stakeholder meetings, and that includes advocacy groups for tenants, and government, it became clear there was a need for more education for landlords, and for tenants," says Russell. "This is just one piece of the puzzle that was missing, and we decided to focus on it."
The cost of completing the program is $50, and the certificates will be valid for two years, and then landlords will have to re-certify in order to stay in the database.
Russell adds there has been a growth in the number of rental properties in the province, and not everyone has a good understanding of the residential tenancy act - but this new program will address that deficiency.
"They learn the fundamentals of the Residential Tenancies Act, and if they pass with a passing grade of over 80 per cent that allows them to be added to the 'I Rent It Right' landlord registry," says Russell. "It's a public registry that's searchable so apartment hunters looking for apartments can search it online."
He adds during the stakeholder meetings "it became very clear there needs to be more education and public awareness [of] processes and regulations that are in effect, and this is one part of getting that message out there that there's education on the Residential Tenancies Act, so that landlords, and tenants will know their rights."
Russell hopes to have the program launched and ready to go by this Fall.