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Nova Scotia Eviction Process

Last Updated: August 31, 2018

What’s the deal with evictions in Nova Scotia?

Access Nova Scotia offers landlords Notice to Quit forms which are a method of dealing with tenants who fail to respect their obligations or are arrears in their rent.   If the tenant has not left within 15 days of the date specified in the Notice to Quit, one can apply to the director’s office for a hearing.

Why would I evict a tenant?

  • Damages
  • Disturbing other clients
  • Failure to clean
  • Non-payment of rent

Security Deposits

Property managers must return the security deposit to the tenant within ten days of the termination of the lease.  If the landlord wishes to claim part or all of the deposit, the landlord must file a Security Deposit Claim to the Residential Tenancy Office (RTO) within ten days of the tenancy’s end.  The tenant will be asked if they would like to dispute the claim, or amount of money demanded, and if so, the RTO will adjudicate.

How sizable can a Security Deposit be?

A security deposit can be up to half or full month’s rent.

Does the money need to be kept in a separate account to allow it to accrue interest?

The Security Deposit needs to be placed in a trust account and the legislated interest.

What can security deposit money be used for?

The landlord is required to return the security deposit to the tenant within ten days of them moving out if all of the following apply

  • The renal unit has been properly cleaned
  • No rent or other costs are owed
  • There is no damage beyond expected wear-and-tear

Disclaimer: Many of the terms in these fact sheets may relate to certain legal rights and obligations that tend to change from time to time. The information provided does not constitute legal advice and the manager of this database is not a law firm. These materials are intended, but cannot be promised or guaranteed to be current, complete or up-to-date. The specific interpretation of the terminology, acts and relevant regulations depend on the laws and procedures corresponding to that particular province. All of these fact sheets are to be used for informational purposes only and are not meant to be used as legal advice. If you need more information about your province or territory, including details about legal orders, notices and certain forms, contact your local rental authority or a qualified lawyer in the area.


Jack Beaton Sterling Karamar, Property Management
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