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726 Housing for seniors Throughout Ontario there are rental units for seniors that are subsidized by the government, and that usually gear the rent to the senior's income. The type of housing available will depend on the area you live in. To access subsidized seniors' housing, you will need to complete an application and may be put on a waiting list. To find out about available housing and to apply for seniors' housing, contact the Local Housing Authority listed in the Blue pages of the telephone book.
If you require care services such as meals, and light nursing, there are rental units called "Care Homes" in which you can rent an apartment, or room, or share a room with someone else as well as receive care services. These types of housing units are more commonly called "retirement homes" or "supportive living apartments".
Retirement homes are rental housing although you may also purchase nursing services and other help from the landlord. You have the same rights as tenants in other rental housing when you live in a retirement home. One difference is that landlords in retirement homes must give you a tenancy agreement before you rent the apartment or room. The landlord must also give you a Care Home Information Package that tells you what services are available in that retirement home and how much each service costs.
The tenancy agreement must tell you what you are required to pay as rent. It must also include which care services will be provided to you and how much you must pay for each of these services. The landlord of a retirement home cannot evict you or tell you to move, unless they follow the rules in the Tenant Protection Act.
Most retirement homes are run by private landlords and are not subsidized. To find out about retirement homes and other care homes, look in the Yellow Pages under "Retirement Homes". If you need legal help with seniors housing, contact a lawyer or a legal clinic.