Rent Deferral FAQs

On this page, you will find FAQs related to the Provincial Rent Deferral Program.

Please Note: The Residential Tenancy Act states, “Tenants are expected to pay their rent if they’re able to. If your income has been affected by COVID-19 and you’re unable to pay your rent, you can’t be evicted until 30 June 2020. If rent payments are affected by COVID-19, tenants and landlords need to discuss the situation together and work towards a solution.”

Rent Deferral FAQs

Under the updated Provincial Rent Deferral Program, tenants whose income has been affected by COVID-19 cannot be evicted until June 30, 2020.

The Residential Tenancy Act states, “Tenants are expected to pay their rent if they’re able to. If your income has been affected by COVID-19 and you’re unable to pay your rent, you can’t be evicted until 30 June 2020. If rent payments are affected by COVID-19, tenants and landlords need to discuss the situation together and work towards a solution.”

No, if you are financially able to pay your rent, you must do so. If you are not able to pay your rent as a direct result of COVID-19, you must speak with your landlord to make arrangements for payment in the coming months.

No. The rent deferral program is not intended to forgive rent or make it go away completely. Those who do need to defer rent now will eventually need to make the payments.

In the event that you need to defer rent during this time, and your landlord is not agreeable, please reach out to the Cape Breton Regional Police non-emergency line at (902) 563-5151.

 

As of April 1, 2020, the province has announced changes to the Rent Deferral Agreement which can be read in full here. 

The rent deferral period runs from April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020.