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Following complaints, Nova Scotia landlords warned about denying tenants with children


Christine Hanson is CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. , makes the announcement of the launch of a training course called "Serving All Customers Better" t the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. March 27, 2017. Chronicle Herald photo. The Nova Scotia Human Right Commision now has a free online course to help businesses address and prevent consumer racial profile.
Christine Hanson is CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. - File

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is reminding landlords it’s illegal to deny people tenancy because they have children after receiving multiple inquiries.

“Staff at the commission have reported a recent spike in inquiries from residents with children reportedly being denied rental accommodations,” the commission said in a news release.

In most cases, people have contacted the commission with concerns after responding to advertisements for rentals with more than one bedroom and a yard.

“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 resolutions in instances that demonstrate that people’s rights are being violated,” Christine Hanson, the commission’s director and CEO, said.

Anyone who believes they have been discriminated against is encouraged to contact the commission.

Contact details can be found at humanrights.novascotia.ca.

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