Nova Scotia man told to remove artistic hearse from driveway

Following complaints, his landlord to ask him to remove the vehicle from his driveway.
Following complaints, his landlord had to ask him to remove the vehicle from his driveway. (Photo credit: Handout/Michael Nelson)

Hearses: should they be confined to graveyard’s and funeral homes only or can they sometimes be considered art?

This debate recently took place in Bridgewater, N.S. Michael Nelson, who has had a lifelong fascination with hearses, recently purchased one in Ontario, parked it in his driveway, and then promptly faced complaints from neighbours.

The white Cadillac Brougham hearse features artwork of a graveyard scene painted on its side with the words “final destination” painted on the backend of the car.

Unfortunately for the Nova Scotia car collector, his new acquisition didn’t go over well with his elderly neighbours, who got the heebie jeebies just looking at the hearse. Following complaints, his landlord had to ask him to remove the vehicle from his driveway.

However, Nelson, who is not new to hearse ownership, told CBC News while he understands that black hearses may seem creepy to many, his hearse was different because “this one is painted up. To me, it’s kind of a work of art.”

He also claims the hearse gave thrills to some locals, including children and a priest, who got a real kick out of it after he set up a life-sized mechanical zombie in the vehicle. Understandably, it drew quite a crowd.

Can the landlord require him to remove the hearse?

According to the Residential Tenancies Act of Nova Scotia, landlords are permitted to enforce their own rules to ensure the safety, comfort, and well-being of all tenants. Consequently, the landlord has the right to ask him to remove the hearse if it makes other tenants uncomfortable.

Though Nelson is offended by all the negativity surrounding his prize acquisition, he has decided to accommodate his landlord’s request to move the hearse in order to “keep the peace.”

Hopefully the hearse will be resurrected in time for Halloween.

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