Secondary and Backyard Suite Incentive Program

Provided by: Housing Nova Scotia

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Service Description

The Secondary and Backyard Suite Incentive Program is available to eligible homeowners who create an affordable secondary and/or backyard suite in their home or on their property. Financial assistance is in the form of a forgivable loan, for up to 50% of the project cost, up to a maximum assistance of $25,000 for a secondary and/or backyard suite. The assistance is forgiven over the loan-term up to 5 years.

Funding for the Secondary and Backyard Suite Incentive Program is available to:

  • Homeowners that provide housing at a maximum rental rate that is 80% of average market rent in the area for a minimum of 5 years and must not make suites available for short-term rentals while homeowners have an active loan under the program.
  • Tenants that are at least below the household income limits for their area, or; a parent, 65 years or older, of one of the homeowners, or; an adult child of a senior homeowner.

Eligibility

Funding for the Secondary and Backyard Suite Incentive Program is available to:

Homeowners who create an affordable secondary and/or backyard suite in their home or on their property and meet the following criteria:

• Own and occupy the existing single-family dwelling and intend to continue to be an occupant of the dwelling on an ongoing basis

• The secondary and/or backyard suite must meet all municipal requirements

• Property taxes are paid in full and are up to date

• The existing single-family dwelling meets minimum health and safety standards

• The existing single-family dwelling can feasibly be modified to include a secondary and/or backyard suite

Select tenants:

• Tenants that have a total annual household income equal to or less than the Household Income Limits established by DMA (Department of Municipal Affairs),or the tenant is a parent of the homeowner, age 65 years or older, or an adult child of the homeowner where the homeowner is over the age of 65 and intergenerational supports are provided.

• For tenants that are not immediate family members, the suite must be rented at a rental rate of not more than 80% of Average Market Rents for the community where the homeowner resides

• Both tenant(s) and homeowner(s) must be residents of Nova Scotia; and have an arrangement in place with the contractor(s) and/or bridge financing available, as the program funding is released only after an occupancy permit has been obtained from the municipality.

• The landlord-tenant relationship will be subject to the Residential Tenancies Act.

Application Process

Applications can be found on the website • Call for more information or to request an application be mailed to you • Send completed application and supporting documents by mail, or visit a regional housing office

Documents Required

Completed application including supporting documents (proof of income) • Health card for proof of residency

Fees

No fees

Languages Offered

English

Coverage Area

Nova Scotia

Contact Details

Housing Nova Scotia – Northern Region – New Glasgow

Address:
7 Campbell's Lane
New Glasgow NS  B2H 2H9
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Mailing Address:
7 Campbell's Lane
New Glasgow NS  B2H 2H9

Site Info

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Site Hours

Monday
8:30am–4:30pm
Tuesday
8:30am–4:30pm
Wednesday
8:30am–4:30pm
Thursday
8:30am–4:30pm
Friday
8:30am–4:30pm

Accessibility

Unknown

Coverage Area

Guysborough County • Antigonish County • Pictou County • Cumberland County • Colchester County