CBRM Tenants’ Handbook

Download your copy of the 2023 CBRM Tenants’ Rights Handbook online PDF version now!

The 2023 CBRM Tenants’ Rights Handbook is an easy-to-use guide created for all tenants to learn about their rights and the laws that govern rental housing in Nova Scotia, with resources and information geared towards residents of the CBRM.

The Handbook uses plain language to discuss the Residential Tenancies Act, leases, evictions, rent and rental increases, subletting, applications to the Tenancy Board, and more. It answers common questions and provides problem solving methods for tenants. It provides a list of local resources for tenants’ translated into 5 different languages.

To get your hands on a physical copy of the CBRM Tenants’ Rights Handbook, contact us or visit the local distributors listed below (while supplies last):



  • ACAP Cape Breton
  • Ally Centre of Sydney
  • CafĂ© Marie at Eltuek Arts Centre
  • CBU Community University Housing Research Lab (located within New Dawn Centre)
  • CBU Library
  • CBU Students’ Union
  • CBRM Councilors
  • Doktor Luke’s Coffee House
  • Ed’s Books and More on Charlotte Street
  • Sydney Library (James McConnell Memorial Library)
  • New Dawn Centre
  • On Paper Books on Charlotte Street

Sydney Mines:

  • Community Cares Youth Outreach
  • Sydney Mines Library (Martha Hollett Memorial Library)

North Sydney:

  • North Sydney Community Foodbank
  • North Sydney Library (Wilfred Oram Centennial Library)

Glace Bay:

  • Glace Bay Foodbank
  • Glace Bay Library
  • Townhouse Citizens’ Service League

New Waterford:

  • New Waterford Library (located within New Waterford Urban Centre)
  • Townhouse Citizen’s Service League Extension

Do you want to see the CBRM Tenants Handbook at another location? Contact us and let us know!

Need help getting your hands on a copy? Email info@newdawn.ca.