Living Off-Campus

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Landlords can list properties at rates that are very competitive and less than most other mediums of advertising. Students can check out the website to view rental listings, and landlords can post ads atwww.Places4Students.com or call 1-866-766-0767 (toll free).

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Residential Tenacies Act of Nova Scotia

Before you sign a residential lease; Is this residence right for me?

1) location within walking, vehicle or on bus route
2) parking available
3) cost with or without services
4) type of residency a single or shared arrangement
5) fixed or periodic lease

What is a residential lease?

1) A lease is a contract between a landlord and tenant(s.) Form P
2) Describes terms under which the property is rented
3) May include “Landlord’s Rules” on insurance coverage, noise issues etc.

Always read the lease fully before signing this legally binding contact and complete a rental unit condition report as a check list.

To obtain a Residential Tenancies Guide, a lease or associated forms visit www.nova scotia .ca/rta. Visit the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s website at www.ibc.ca for insurance information needed as a tenant.

Property Minimum Standards Bylaw, Chapter 46

The purpose of this bylaw is to establish a set of minimum standards for properties in the Town of Wolfville and outline the responsibilities of tenants and property owners.

Some main points to consider:

  • Tenants or owners of a building shall maintain the building to standards a provided in this bylaw.
  • Tenants or owners shall keep yards free of rubbish and debris.
  • Tenants or owners shall ensure any furniture designed and manufactured for indoor use shall not be placed outside a dwelling.
  • Other sections of bylaw cover, grounds and lawns, walks, steps, driveways and parking areas, storage of waste and resource materials, and standards for buildings.

Complete bylaw can be found at www.wolfville.ca under bylaws.

Valley Solid Waste Resource Management Bylaw

The proper management of waste is a priority in Wolfville. In fact, recyclable and compostable items are banned from disposal throughout Nova Scotia, so recycling and composting is not only good for the environment, it’s the law.
The local waste management requires waste be sorted into categories: recyclables, compostable and garbage. If you rent off campus, be sure to talk to your landlord about waste management. Sorting is mandatory even in apartment buildings.

Please note: Garbage must be disposed of in clear transparent bags. One dark/solid colored bag for items of a personal nature is acceptable at each collection. Grocery bags and solid colored kitchen catchers must be emptied into a clear bag. Recycling goes into blue bags. Garbage not sorted properly will be red tagged and left at roadside for removal and resorting for next collection.

Check out the Sorting Search engine online at www.vwrm.com.

Wolfville Waste Collection Schedule

All garbage must be placed at roadside on collection day not before 6:00 a.m. but by 8:00 a.m. to be collected. Garbage missed on collection day must be removed from the roadway by the end of the collection day.

  • For the purpose of waste collection, Wolfville East end will be on every other Wednesday.
  • For the purpose of waste collection, Wolfville West end will be on the every other Thursday.

To identify waste collection day at your location check www.vwrm.com or call Valley Waste Resource Management at 902-679-1325.

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices and items will not be collected by Valley Waste Resource Management. All electronics must be delivered to the electronic drop off center. Locations of electronic drop-off centers can be found at www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/ns.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

The Town of Wolfville encourages safe, economical, healthy and fun bicycling by following the rules of the road governed by the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act.

Key points:

  • Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users and are given the right of way at all crosswalks.
  • Pedestrians must walk facing traffic if no sidewalks are provided.
  • Bicyclists must use bicycle lanes were provided.
  • Riding a bicycle on a sidewalk or a cross walk is dangerous and illegal.
  • Bicyclists must dismount and walk a bicycle to cross at a crosswalk.
  • Designed bicycle paths and trails are a safe alternative to public streets.
  • Helmets are required by law for all riders in Nova Scotia.

Wolfville Noise Bylaw, Chapter 64

The purpose of the Noise Bylaw is to prevent excessive noise in the Town of Wolfville. The Noise By-Law has no specified time for application and can be actioned any time throughout the day based on the circumstances of the noise.

Key points:

  • No person, in the Town, shall make a noise which disturbs or tends to disturb the peace and tranquility of the Town or any portion of it.
  • No person, in the Town, shall operate, or cause or permit to be operated any sound system at such a level that the resulting sound is heard, in a dwelling unit or other building, other than the dwelling unit or other building in which the sound system in question is located.
  • No occupier shall allow or permit noise to be made in or on the occupier’s dwelling unit which disturbs the peace and tranquility of the Town.
  • No person who owns, or has under their supervision, a dog, shall permit the dog to make any noise which disturbs or tends to disturb the peace and tranquility of the town or any portion of it.

Note: In a prosecution for a violation of the bylaw, evidence that one person is disturbed is prima facie evidence that the Town or any portion of it is disturbed.

Social Event and Party Planning

Take these simple steps to ensure that your party is enjoyed by those who attend, while a positive relationship is maintained with your neighbours:

  1. Inform your neighbours that you are planning to have a party and provide a contact name if issues arise.
  2. Be sensitive to the noise tolerance of others. Ask your neighbours to call you if the party gets too loud or becomes a problem.
  3. Designate a team of friends to help you manage your party and ask them to stay sober.
  4. Adopt a drive-safe policy for those who come by car and ensure that sober drivers are designated.
  5. Contact the Compliance Officer or RCMP if you have any questions or concerns about hosting a party, whether it is large or small.

Parking in Wolfville

Acadia University provides paid parking on campus for students, staff and faculty.
For students who own or drive a vehicle while in Wolfville, there are several key items of information that they should be aware of when parking in the down town core.

The Town of Wolfville has six (6) all day public parking areas that are designated by signs near the business core of the Town. All other parking are time restricted designated by signs from 20 minutes to 4 hours. There are 381 public lot spaces and 107 on the street parking that have varying time restrictions. There is no public overnight parking in the Town of Wolfville. Our Parking Commissionaires patrol the public parking areas regularly and will ticket vehicles that are parked illegally.

In winter months, the Town implements winter parking regulations. During those months, overnight street parking is prohibited. Speak to your landlord about tenant parking during the winter months. In addition, street parking is not allowed during a storm and for several hours after a storm has ended. This will enable our plows to clear snow from the streets more quickly and efficiently. The details of the parking regulations are posted at the beginning of the winter months at the Town Hall, Post Office, and on the Town of Wolfvile Web site.

Complete details of these and other Town of Wolfville bylaws are available from the Wolfville Town Office, 359 Main Street or the Planning and Development Office, 200 Dykeland Street, or on the Town’s website