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Our rental education goals

KNOWLEDGE

a community education approach to build skills and confidence as a renter to help increase housing stability and reduce barriers leading to homelessness and evictions.

ACTION

tenant pays their rent and other bills on time and sees themselves as equal partners in the landlord-tenant relationship

EXPERIENCE

renters become successful tenants and are housed in homes that increase independence.

RESULT

reduced housing stress - safe, affordable, and stable housing for all Nova Scotians.

 

Program Registration

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Interested in registering for an upcoming workshop? Learn more about programs and program availability and sign up.

Host a program

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Are you a landlord or property owner? Are you working for a non-profit organization with clients that rent? Contact us to host a program at our location or yours.

Partner with us

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Let’s work together to support safe, affordable, and stable housing. We invite government, non-profit organizations and businesses to join us. Ideas and opportunities are welcome.


 

Learn more by watching this video overview of the RentersEd program.

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A Certificate that Opens Doors

At RentersEd we believe the right support matters, and that early intervention is the best way to prevent and resolve many of the issues that arise between a landlord and a tenant. Together with our parent organization The Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia we are working to prevent unnecessary housing loss & evictions through education and skill development.

RentersEd Certificate Course

Join us as we take an in-depth look at the Life-Cycle of a Tenancy.

This twelve hour program will cover the following modules:

  • Need Housing

  • Looking for Housing

  • Becoming a Tenant and Moving In

  • Maintaining a Tenancy

  • Ending a Tenancy

  • Moving Out

RentersEd Essentials

This 3-hour program provides the necessary knowledge to be a successful tenant.Together we will explore:

  • How to submit a strong rental application

  • Life of a Lease: The ins and outs

  • Landlord-Tenant roles and responsibilities

  • Budgeting, Communication and Problem-Solving Skills

  • ABS’s of Pest Control

  • Repairs and maintenance do’s and don’ts

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Navigating the World as a Renter

Moving out is a significant milestone for students, one that heralds a period of great transition. The loss of traditional support networks often results in youth feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious.  It is important for youth to be ready for this change.

During our 75-minute moderated discussion, students will have an opportunity to ask questions of, and hear from landlords, The Residential Tenancies Program and tenant insurance providers about the rental market, and the common challenges experienced by those who are new to rental housing. When it comes to reducing housing stress, evictions and homelessness the right support matters, Navigating the World as a Renter provides youth with the practical information they need to be a valued tenant, good roommate, and neighbour.

 
 
 

Who should attend RentersEd?

  • Anyone with limited experience renting in Nova Scotia

  • Anyone who wants to know more about landlord/tenant rights in Nova Scotia

  • Anyone with one or more of the following screening barriers:

    • negative credit history

    • criminal history

    • short rental history or no current rental history

    • lack of written references

    • evictions

    • short time on current job

    • no current employment

    • unverifiable income

    • has not seen credit report, criminal history and/or eviction history in past 12 months

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“We would like to begin by acknowledging that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but in fact, recognized Mi’kmaq and Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.”