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Two new online resources to help those displaced by wildfires find accomodations

By Caitlin Snow Jun 16, 2023 | 12:47 PM

A helicopter prepares to drop water on the Shelburne County wildfire on May 29, 2023 (Frankie Crowell Photo)

If you’ve lost your home due to the wildfires, and a need a place to stay, the province has launched two new online resources.

The home-sharing platform Happipad will help with short-term accommodations.  The platform collects and distributes the rent while providing dispute resolutions in case of any conflicts.

While a partnership with Yardi provides options if you need longer-term housing. Yardi operates a real estate search portal called Point2, which now has a section for Nova Scotians displaced by wildfires.

Landlords with available units can upload their properties to the website at no cost, and people in need of housing can see details of the available unit(s), a contact form and landlord’s phone number. Prospective tenants contact the landlord directly.

“Happipad exists to remove the barriers to make it safe and easy for Canadians to share homes. But more than housing, we are about community helping community. When we witnessed the wildfires in Nova Scotia, we felt compelled to provide what support we can. It is our hope in this difficult time we can help bring more people together.”
– Cailin Libby, CEO, Happipad

“As a company that is committed to using technology to positively impact our communities, Yardi is proud to collaborate with the Province of Nova Scotia to aid those affected by the wildfires.”
– Peter Altobelli, Vice-President and General Manager, Yardi Canada Ltd.

Quick Facts:
— Happipad, a Canadian not-for-profit organization, started with help from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
— there are an estimated 130,000 empty bedrooms across the province
— all homeowers and renters using Happipad will be subject to background checks
— the Residential Tenancies Act applies to all rentals
— no transactions will be processed on the Point2 site; the tenant and landlord using Point2 will be responsible for any legal documentation, credit checks and financial transactions

More information on Happipad, is here.

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