Rental Housing Law

Cohen Highley is the premiere legal resource for residential landlords and property managers on all matters relative to multi-residential rental housing law, including leasing, acquisitions, financing. We provide full litigation and consulting services Landlord and Tenant Board proceedings, Above Guideline Rent Increase applications, Fire and Building Code legal services, Superior and Divisional Court proceedings. Our lawyers also have specialized expertise in advising landlords in navigating through housing issues tied to Human Rights applications and Accessibility and Housing issues.

Our Lawyers have been strong advocates for Landlords legal interests and have the expertise to identify risk and financial exposure; determine leverage to mitigate losses; and, resolve legal disputes cost-effectively and quickly. In Landlord and Tenant proceedings, our Paralegals are at the forefront of high-volume, efficient collections processing, including evictions, and their experience is invaluable in defending against tenant applications where allegations of landlord violations are made.

Our Lawyers and Paralegals regularly contribute to Landlord and Paralegal education programs through the Law Society of Upper Canada, University of Toronto/Osgoode Hall Law School, Fanshawe College, and through numerous Industry venues.

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Legal Assistant: Valerie Potter (, ext. 360) Paul practises in the firm’s administrative law group with an emphasis on representing property owners in connection with residential tenancies law, municipal planning and zoning, and municipal property assessment appeals.  Paul graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Brock University. Paul has obtained his paralegal license designation…

Rachel has experience in the firm’s administrative law group dealing with clients with issues before the Landlord and Tenant Board and Small Claims Court throughout Southwestern Ontario. Since 2005, Rachel has been employed with Cohen Highley LLP in the residential tenancies department. Rachel graduated from the Law Clerk Program at Fanshawe College in 2005 and is a registered Paralegal…

Joe's main areas of practice include residential tenancies, municipal planning and zoning, expropriations, and property tax assessment appeals. Joe has a wealth of litigation experience before a variety of boards, tribunals, and appellate courts. He is author of "A Practical Guide to the Tenant Protection Act".

Shannon is an experienced paralegal with the firm’s administrative law group, representing clients before the Landlord and Tenant Board and Small Claims Court throughout Southwestern Ontario. Shannon graduated from the Paralegal Program at Westervelt College and is a registered paralegal with the Law Society of Upper Canada. Since 2000 Shannon has been employed with Cohen Highley LLP.

Gail is an experienced paralegal with the firm’s administrative law group, representing clients before the Landlord and Tenant Board and Small Claims Court throughout Southern and Southwestern Ontario. Gail is a licensed paralegal with the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is also a Certified Mediator graduating with high distinction and on the President’s Honour List from the Mediation Certificate…

Kristin's practice focuses on residential and commercial tenancies, human rights, condominium law and appellate advocacy. She works exclusively for housing providers and landlords with respect to all lease issues. Kristin regularly speaks at property management conferences and teaches human rights training courses to landlords and property managers.

Lindsay represents residential landlord clients in proceedings at the Landlord and Tenant Board and Small Claims Court at locations throughout Southwestern Ontario. Lindsay graduated from the Bachelor of Applied Arts Paralegal Program at Humber College and is licensed as a Paralegal by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Since 2011, Lindsay has been employed with Cohen Highley LLP…

Laura practises in the area of administrative law, including condominium, residential tenancies,municipal, planning and zoning, expropriations, and property tax and accessibility law. Laura is a member and active contributor to numerous condominium, development and housing industry organizations.

Mark practises in the firm's administrative law department, including condominium law, residential tenancies, municipal law, planning and zoning, expropriations and provincial offences.

Alex provides paralegal services in Cohen Highley's administrative law group and is based out of the Kitchener office. Alex provides representation for residential landlord clients across Southwestern Ontario.

Alexandra's law practice includes residential tenancies, condominium law, and representation of property owners under a range of legislation which is subject to adjudication by Ontario's Social Justice Tribunals. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Western University in 2012 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013.

Emma is experienced in representing landlords in the area of landlord tenant law before the Landlord and Tenant Board and in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in Small Claims Court proceedings across Southwestern Ontario. Since 2003, Emma has been employed with Cohen Highley LLP as a paralegal in the residential tenancies department. Emma was born and raised in London,…