When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Nova Scotia. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. We’ll continue to update this information as more becomes available.
Visit the Nova Scotia short-term rental registration website for more detailed information about the tourist accommodations registry process and other requirements.
Most short-term rentals need to register with the Tourist Accommodations Registry to operate in Nova Scotia. You don’t have to register your tourist accommodation if it’s in your primary residence or attached to your primary residence.
You don’t have to register your tourist accommodation if:
- It’s in your primary residence (for example, a room in your primary residence or a bed and breakfast that’s also your primary residence)
- It’s attached to your primary residence (for example, a loft above your garage if the garage is attached to your primary residence; you do need to register a loft above your garage if the garage isn’t attached to your primary residence)
- You provide accommodations for more than 28 days in a row
- Your accommodation isn’t roofed like a campground or doesn’t have a fixed roof like a camper trailer
Other contracts and rules
As a host, you need to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, including leases, co-op rules, HOA rules, or other rules established by tenant organizations. You should be able to find out more by contacting your housing authority (such as a community council) or landlord. Your lease (or other contract) might also have specific details.
Our commitment to your community
By partnering with local officials, Airbnb is committed to showing how hosting can benefit your community. We will continue to advocate for changes that support everyday people and opportunities to host in a community setting.