Amendments to the Condominium Act allow condominium corporations, in very limited circumstances, to take on the role of the landlord in a residential tenancies hearing under the Residential Tenancies Act if a tenant of a unit owner is not complying with the condominium corporation's rules set out in the declaration, bylaws, or common element rules.
When a condominium unit is rented out by the owner, the owner of the unit is the landlord and responsible for the behaviour of the tenant. The landlord (unit owner) is responsible for making the tenant aware of the rules that the tenant will need to follow when they live in the condominium unit. Occasionally there are circumstances where a landlord (unit owner) is unwilling or unable to make sure that their tenant follows the rules. If a condominium corporation has tried unsuccessfully to have the tenant comply with the condominium rules and the owner is unwilling or unable to take action against the tenant, the condominium corporation may consider following the new residential tenancies process.
Under the new process, if all steps are followed, the condominium corporation can apply for a residential tenancies order evicting the tenant from the unit. This order will require the tenant to move out. If the tenant does not leave (or file an appeal at the Small Claims Court), the condominium corporation may have the order made into and enforced as an order of the Small Claims Court.
An Application to Director is a form that you complete to request a hearing with a Residential Tenancy Officer. The forms are available online or at any Access Nova Scotia Centres in the province. The Officer makes decisions about disputes between landlords and tenants. Filing an Application does not always mean you'll havea hearing. A Residential Tenancy Officer will always try to mediate first.
The officer will check to ensure the respondent has been served with a copy of the application to director. If the respondent has been served and does not attend the hearing or send representation, the officer will proceed with the hearing and hear the evidence presented by the applicant. If the applicant has does not attend the hearing or send representation, the officer will dismiss the application as the party filing the application did not attend the hearing.
The officer who has heard the application to director is responsible to prepare a director's order (decision) based on the evidence presented at the hearing. The officer usually will have their director's order ready within seven days of the date of the hearing but has up to 14 days to do so.
Yes, either the applicant, respondent, or both can file an appeal to the Small Claims Court within ten days from the signing date of the director's order. The appeal is filed in the Small Claims Court that serves your area. The party filing the appeal is responsible to personally serve the other party and the Director of Residential Tenancies, and swear out an affidavit that it was done.