From ACORN Canada: This has been an explosive week for the Rent Control Now campaign in Nova Scotia! Over the past few months ACORN has been collecting rent increases from across the province. The results are grim but not shocking, members have gotten increases upwards of $900 a month.
One rent increase went viral over social media, Grace – a tenant who works at the local gas station – got a $650 increase designed to force her to move from her apartment so the landlord can renovate the unit. The response from the Province? Rent Control doesn’t work. According to the provincial government it’s a “philosophical issue” – try telling that to Grace and the hundreds like her who are forced from their homes by greedy landlords!
Since then tenants have been coming forward with their stories and ACORN has been more active than ever, getting tenants rallied, sending hundreds of emails to Stephen McNeil and local MLAs, and pushing the province closer to rent control. We are organizing a rally Saturday (Facebook event here) – with upwards of 1500 people from across the HRM interested in coming – to force the province to act in the best interest of tenants and enact Rent Control Now! Can’t make it? Click here to send an email to your MLA to demand Rent Control!
CTV News: ‘It’s ridiculous’: Calls for affordable housing in Halifax area grow louder (with video!)
Nova Scotia Advocate: News brief: We need rent control and landlord licensing everywhere in Nova Scotia
The Chronicle Herald: Rally calling for rent control in Nova Scotia to be held Saturday in Halifax
Global News: Habitat for Humanity pushes for more affordable housing options in the HRM
The Coast: Halifax to rally for rent control this weekend