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Short-term rentals impacting Halifax’s rental market

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Short-term rentals impacting Halifax’s rental market

After a $400 rent increase pushed her out of her house, Samantha McPhee has been on the hunt for a new place, but she says prices everywhere have skyrocketed over the past few years. “There shouldn’t be two-bedroom apartments for $1,500, $1,700 — it’s not OK, and these places are in less-than-desirable neighbourhoods. They don’t fit $1,500 price ranges,” she said. McPhee says even when she is able to find a place within her budget, it goes fast. She said called the landlord for one place she...

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Short-term rental rules eyed

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Short-term rental rules eyed

Sarnia is considering beefing up regulations for short-term rentals, amid a situation one councillor says is eating into local long-term housing supply and disrupting neighbourhoods. Sarnia is considering beefing up regulations for short-term rentals amid a situation one councillor says is eating into the local long-term housing supply and disrupting neighbourhoods. “A lot of communities have jumped on this issue, and they recognize it as a massive problem,” said Coun. Bill Dennis. Locally, he...

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What’s next for Trudeau? A new cabinet, old wounds and fresh risks

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What’s next for Trudeau? A new cabinet, old wounds and fresh risks

Justin Trudeau is still prime minister, but it’s going to be a rougher ride the second time around. Trudeau eked out a victory in Canada’s election Monday, winning the most seats despite losing the popular vote. He fell short of a majority but should be able to pass legislation with the support of other parties, likely the leftist New Democrats. Parliament’s return will force a change in strategy, and will likely reopen old wounds. Here’s how it could shake out. Pick a Cabinet Trudeau, as the...

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Canadian landlords increasingly concerned about effect of cannabis use on rental property

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Canadian landlords increasingly concerned about effect of cannabis use on rental property

LANDLORDS ARE INCREASINGLY CONCERNED about the effect of cannabis use on a rental property, according to a poll released October 8. Real estate website Zoocasa surveyed Canadian property owners and renters about how they feel since the legalization of cannabis last October 17. While homeowners and renters seem to be getting more comfortable with cannabis use and home growing, landlords responding to the survey were much more concerned about the growing or smoking of cannabis in their...

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Ontario to allow community housing agencies to reject tenants evicted for crimes

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Ontario to allow community housing agencies to reject tenants evicted for crimes

Violent criminals who have been evicted from their Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) units will no longer be able to immediately return to their buildings, as the province empowers landlords to reject applications based on criminal history. The change in housing regulations closes a loophole that allowed tenants who have been convicted of drug trafficking or gun violence to reapply for community housing and eventually live in the same building. The new rules give TCHC the power to reject an...

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In Quebec, affordable housing is an increasingly important resource

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In Quebec, affordable housing is an increasingly important resource

Affordable housing units have seen their importance particularly swell in Quebec, which has seen a marked increase in chronic homelessness over the past few years. This was especially apparent among newcomers and immigrants, many of whom have taken refuge in shelters across the province. Recently, Employment and Social Development Canada released the results of its “point-in-time” analysis of homelessness in 61 communities. The survey found that around 14% of homeless people were newcomers to...

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RHB TV – WATCH EPISODE 2 NOW!

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RHB TV – WATCH EPISODE 2 NOW!

RHB TV is a one-of-a-kind media platform, that covers industry news, market data and emerging trends. Catch up on the rental housing trends we are seeing across the country as well as the latest developments of BILL 108. We look at the average asking rents for Canada’s major rental markets, get an exclusive look at Rockport Group’s luxury development, The Montgomery, and catch all the highlights of the FRPO & Greenwin Charity Golf Classics. EPISODE 2 is now live! Watch it at...

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Immigration patterns create crises throughout Ontario

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Immigration patterns create crises throughout Ontario

Disproportionate population distribution is causing economic and fiscal crises throughout Ontario, including in the Greater Toronto Area. The GTA is home to 45% of Ontario’s population, yet received 77% of the province’s immigrants last year, which The Conference Board of Canada warns is overburdening the region’s infrastructure while leaving other census metropolitan areas looking skeletal. The challenge, says Pedro Antunes, chief economist at The Conference Board of Canada—which released a...

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Smoking Bans Upheld ion Quebec- What It May Mean for Ontario Condos and Rental Buildings

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Smoking Bans Upheld ion Quebec- What It May Mean for Ontario Condos and Rental Buildings

Since the legalization of marijuana (cannabis) in 2018, many condominium corporations have become increasingly interested in and willing to adopt rules prohibiting the smoking of tobacco and cannabis inside units and enclosed common elements. The adoption of smoking bans have led to concerns regarding their effect on ownership rights and rights of use. The Quebec Superior Court of Justice in El-Helou v. Syndicat de la Copropriété du 7500, 7502 et 7504, rue Saint-Gérard, Montréal, 2019 QCCS...

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Doug Ford moving ahead with Ontario municipal funding cuts in 2020

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Doug Ford moving ahead with Ontario municipal funding cuts in 2020

Ontario will move ahead with its controversial municipal funding cuts for public health and child care next year. Premier Doug Ford is expected to make the announcement later today at a gathering of municipal leaders in Ottawa. His office says Ford will announce that the funding changes will go ahead on Jan. 1, 2020. The Progressive Conservative government tried to force retroactive funding cuts this year but had to cancel them after municipal leaders complained their annual budgets had...

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