Nova Scotia landlords will have the power to ban smoking and growing marijuana in their rental units once pot becomes legal.
Under the new rules outlined by the province on Tuesday, landlords must provide four months’ notice of a ban to the tenant, before April 30, 2019. When the landlord provides notice, the tenant has one month to give the landlord three months’ notice to terminate the lease.
Nova Scotia’s Cannabis Control Act does not spell out how renters who grow and consume marijuana for medical purposes will be accommodated.
Kevin Russell, executive director of the Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia, said the legislation provides much needed clarity for landlords ahead of Ottawa’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana later this year.
“If a landlord so decides to choose to ban or prohibit cannabis use and cultivation, it is backed up in law in an act,” he told CTV Atlantic on Wednesday.