Retirement Homes and Care Homes

Cohen Highley’s Residential Tenancies legal advisors have a proven track record as innovative and effective advocates for landlords in the area of Residential Tenancies law and, in particular, in dealing with Care and Retirement Home legal and risk management issues.

Our Lawyers and licensed Paralegals provide legal services and solutions exclusively for Care Home and Retirement Home operators and managers in matters of licensing; compliance proceedings; rights and remedies under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010, the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, the Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. We provide legal services in connection with the purchase and sale of residential complexes; including all aspects of due diligence, financing and long term leasing. For developing retirement communities, we have expertise in obtaining zoning approval, lease development, and issues involving Tarion registration. If matters get litigious, we have a wealth of experience before regulatory tribunals, the Superior Court, and related appellate courts.


Our legal advisors specialize in Residential Tenancies law. We are members and active contributors to numerous landlord and housing industry organizations and we understand our clients’ business and practical legal concerns. We have been involved in the drafting and legal review of every enactment of Ontario Rent Control, Residential Tenancies and Condominium legislation between 1986 and the present. We have represented operators of Care and Retirement homes since 1986 and are proud of our professional association with the industry.

Our commitment to the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) and our advocacy for designated, gated retirement land lease communities and private developments at the provincial, regional and local levels gives our legal advisors a distinct edge in providing informed, effective and timely consulting advice and advocacy services. Our clients include many prominent property management companies and Retirement Home operators throughout the Province of Ontario; Institutional clients, including Insurance companies and financial institutions with Residential Tenancies’ holdings; Regional Landlord Associations; hundreds of small landlords and property management companies; and related industry organizations.