Landlords advised against discriminatory rental practices

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is hoping to educate landlords after they've seen a noticeable increase in inquiries related to discriminatory practices targeting families.

Staff at the commission have noticed a recent spike in inquiries from residents with children reportedly being denied rental accommodation.

According to a press release, individuals have contacted the commission to raise concerns after responding to rental advertisements online.

"Landlords need to understand that it is illegal to deny tenancy to individuals based on the fact they have children," said Christine Hanson, the commission's director and CEO. "Telling someone you do not rent to families is a violation of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act and we are committed to investigating and pursuing resolution in instances that demonstrate that people's rights are being violated."

The Human Rights Commission says family status is a characteristic under the act and individuals who believe they have faced discrimination of this manner are encouraged to contact the commission.

Landlords are also encouraged to contact the commission if they have questions about their rights and responsibilities.