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Download NB ACORN’s New Housing Report – State of Disrepair - ACORN Canada

Download NB ACORN’s New Housing Report – State of Disrepair

Posted November 23, 2023

NB ACORN’s report State of Disrepair is a summary of ACORN’s Housing Maintenance Survey survey results. It details the extent to which under-regulation of rental housing leaves tenants at risk of unhealthy and unsafe housing.

Click here to download the report.

Pour télécharger le rapport en français, cliquez ici

The current system for property standards as well as the enforcement system in New Brunswick is woefully flawed, and, in fact, largely absent. The cities of Moncton, Saint John, Dieppe, Bathurst, and Fredericton have bylaws that attempt to enforce the provincial residential property maintenance and occupancy code. By having enacted these bylaws, they are admitting they have a responsibility to protect residents, yet the laws they have in place lack the proper enforcement protocols that would make them effective.

ACORN is also launching it’s new Healthy Homes Platform and calling for Landlord Registration in all municipalities that includes the following:

  • Cost recovery through a per-unit fee of $1 per month charged to landlords,
  • Regular proactive inspections of buildings to check for compliance,
  • Tenant and landlord outreach and education so both parties understand their rights and responsibilities,
  • Mandatory building maintenance plans provided to the city by landlords,
  • Swift penalties for the landlords who are non-compliant.