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Social Development Minister Jill Green, who is also the minister responsible for housing. Image: Government of New Brunswick YouTube video capture

Renovictions addressed in proposed rental changes

By News May 12, 2023 | 7:49 AM

The provincial government has introduced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act in the legislature designed to close renting loopholes.

“Through our ongoing evaluation of the rental market and the effectiveness of our current regulations, we have identified necessary amendments to streamline and strengthen regulations,” said Jill Green, the minister responsible for housing.

“We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of our measures and introduce more if required.”

Landlords would be required to give tenants at least three months notice before a change in the use of any unit is made.

Landlords would also have to make an application to the tribunal to end a tenancy for renovations and demonstrate renos can only be done if the unit is vacant for a prolonged period.

Other changes include strengthening rules for fixed-term leases and improving the process for disposing abandoned belongings.

Various offences are also proposed to ensure compliance with the act.

“Our government is working hard to find the right solutions for our province, and I thank those who have shared their experiences with us,” said Green.

“One of our top priorities is building vibrant and sustainable communities throughout New Brunswick, and we are listening.”

Tenants and landlords with questions or concerns can email irent@snb.ca, call 1-888-762-8600 or search online.


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