Dangerous or Unsightly Properties

The Halifax Regional Municipality Charter, Part XV requires every property in the municipality to be maintained so as not to be dangerous or unsightly.

What is a dangerous property?

A dangerous property is any property which is:

  • Dangerous or likely to cause danger to health, life or property
  • Building or structure which presents an allurement or has open access to the public

What is an unsightly property?

An unsightly property is any property which has items that are decayed, deteriorated, demolished or in a state of disrepair:

  • Bagged waste not kept in a rodent proof container
  • Overgrown grass
  • Construction material/debris not stored appropriately or in a neat and tidy manner
  • Lack of exterior maintenance to buildings/structures
  • Derelict vehicles store on the property
  • Graffiti on private property

What are my responsibilities as a property owner?

  • Ensure your structures are secure against access
  • Remove scattered, improperly stored or discarded items
  • Maintain vehicles or equipment so there are no broken or missing parts
  • Maintain the exterior finish on the buildings
  • Cut grass and trim landscaping on a regular basis

If I rent my property out, who is responsible?

While a property may be rented to another person, the property owner is ultimately responsible for maintain the property.

What should I do if I have a dangerous or unsightly property in my neighbourhood?

You can call 311 to report the details of the violations. Please be aware you may be asked to provide:

  • The civic address and description of the violation
  • You may be asked to provide a witness statement

Be aware all information provided is subject to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation (FOIPOP) and legal disclosure. During the investigation, your information is kept confidential. However, if the matter proceeds to prosecution, all information relating to the investigation, including the identity of complainants and witnesses must be shared with the defense.