Nunavut Landlord Resources is a regional overview of organizations that support landlord knowledge and education. This listicle continues with resources for the territories, with direct quotes from the individual websites. I started this project with Alberta Landlord Resources and will continue adding provincial and some municipal resources until all 10 provinces and three territories are covered.
Residential Tenancies Act
As a landlord it’s critical you learn the laws that apply to you and your tenants in a residential rental relationship. The Residential Tenancies Act is the law that governs landlord and tenant relations in residential rental accommodations. All provinces have their individual landlord-tenant acts that landlords should learn and apply.
This is the landlord-tenant act that governs landlord-tenant laws in Nunavut.
The Residential Tenancies Office provides information about the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants as set out in the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. It provides legally binding dispute resolution when issues arise that cannot be resolved by landlords and tenants.
The Rental Office is a convenient and accessible place for landlords and tenants to obtain information regarding their rights and obligations. The provision of information is probably the single most important function of the office, often serving to eliminate conflict and problems before they start.
The rental officer is also available to make presentations or participate in forums with tenants, property managers, or others involved in residential tenancy matters. These services are provided free of charge in the belief that informed and knowledgeable landlords and tenants are more likely to respect the rights and obligations of each other and less likely to end up in a conflict situation.
The 211-telephone line connects users with vital community and social resources, close to home and specific to their needs. From basic needs like housing and food, to support for seniors and children, to responding to crisis situations.
Nunavut 211 provides 24-hour information and referral by phone to community, social, health, and government-related services in Nunavut.
Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy. Crime Stoppers provides a telephone number, Web Tips, and SMS text messaging to encourage citizens in the community to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime.
Building and Renovating – Housing initiatives
The Home Renovation Program (HRP) aids homeowners who wish to carry out major repairs, renovations, and additions to their home to cover repairs and/or renovation costs, including materials, freight, and labour. The assistance provided can include financial, program, and technical assistance before and during the repair/renovation of the client’s home. The Nunavut Housing (NHC) may also provide programming and technical assistance before and during the construction process.
The NHC will provide a contribution in the form of a forgivable loan to cover the cost of materials, freight, and labour, to a maximum amount of $65,000, depending on household income, and provided that any amount exceeding $50,000 is used specifically for energy-efficient improvements. Funding shall be allocated to homeowners based on a sliding scale. Maximum contribution amounts shall be set relative to household income as a percentage of the HPIE limit for their community.
Where an applicant has already received HRP assistance to renovate their home, they may apply for an additional $15,000 to improve the energy efficiency of their dwelling.
Clients are responsible for:
- Arranging for and entering a contract with a general contractor acceptable to the NHC. Clients may be permitted to carry out the work themselves provided they have the necessary skills as determined by the NHC.
- Paying for all costs exceeding the approved amount of assistance.
The applicant(s) must be at least 19 years of age and have resided in Nunavut for at least two years.
- This program follows income eligibility limits as set by the Homeownership Program Income Eligibility (HPIE) numbers (See NHC VOI Guidelines).
- Applicants with rental or mortgage arrears with any Local Housing Organization in Nunavut or with the NHC, or have otherwise caused a loss to the NHC, do not qualify for the program until those arrears or losses are paid in full. However, at the discretion of the Corporate Executive Committee, this requirement may be waived, provided that the client(s) agree in writing to a Repayment of Arrears Schedule.
- The applicant(s) must possess title (or leasehold title) to the property. Existing NHC homeowner clients who do not possess leasehold title to the property but occupy the unit under an Occupancy Agreement are eligible for the HRP provided that all other eligibility requirements are met.
Sliding Scale Funding
Funding shall be allocated to homeowners based on a sliding scale. Maximum contribution amounts shall be set relative to household income as a percentage of the HPIE limit for their community
Right to Privacy
As a landlord, it’s necessary to collect personal information from your potential tenants. Their personal information is protected under The Protection of Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). It is important to understand and apply this information to the collection, use, storage, and disposal of a tenant’s personal information.
The purpose of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy (ATIPP) Act is to provide all citizens with the right to request access to information held by the Government of Nunavut (GN). It also ensures that the GN protects the privacy of personal information held by departments, agencies, commissions, corporations, or offices, also known as public bodies.
The ATIPP Act applies to all government departments, agencies, commissioners, and corporations, and any other body listed as a public body under the ATIPP regulations
PIPEDA applies to private-sector organizations across Canada that collect, use or disclose personal information in the course of commercial activity.
Organizations covered by PIPEDA must generally obtain an individual’s consent when collecting, using, or disclosing that individual’s personal information. People have the right to access the personal information held by an organization. They also have the right to challenge its accuracy.
Personal information can only be used for the purposes for which it was collected. If an organization is going to use it for another purpose, it must obtain consent again. Personal information must be protected by appropriate safeguards.
The Nunavut Human Rights Act (the Act) was passed into law by the Nunavut Legislative Assembly on November 05, 2003. The Act protects the equality rights of Nunavummiut and safeguards an equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life free from discrimination and harassment. The Act creates the Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal as a place where Nunavummiut can go if they feel they have been discriminated against or harassed by a person, business, agency, or government.
Application of the Act is to be done within an Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) framework. The Act does not add or take away protections provided for in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
Discrimination is not allowed under specific grounds outlined in the Act which include;
- Race, colour, ancestry, ethnic origin, citizenship and place of origin;
- Religion and creed
- Sex, and Sexual orientation
- Marital and family status
- Pregnancy, including adoption of a child by a man or woman
- Lawful source of income
- Gender expression and gender identity
- A conviction for which a pardon has been granted
Under the Act anyone who feels they have been treated unequally based on the prohibited grounds can make a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal. For example the Act does not allow discrimination when people are:
- looking for work or are at work;
- accessing goods, services, facilities or contracts that are available to the general public;
- renting or attempting to rent housing; and
- publishing or displaying information or written material
Resources change regularly; however, the Nunavut Landlord Resources overview provides a starting point
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