Tuesday, 27 July 2021

New Resident Higher Charge

Older Women Experiencing Homelessness

Victorian Renters Rights

Citizens With Energy to Challenge

Charities To Be Gagged

Able To Grow Older At Home

Modern and Supportive Public Housing

Shepparton HAAG Office


Fee for New Retirement Village Residents

For Victorian Retirement Village residents a legal opinion has been obtained that it is is a breach of the Retirement Villages Act 1986 for an operator to arbitrarily charge a 'new' resident a higher adjusted maintenance charge than existing residents.

"In our view, to the extent that the operator is charging new residents a maintenance charge greater than the adjusted maintenance charge where the increase has not been approved under section 38(4) of the RV Act, does not represent one of the exceptions in section 38(5) and is not a special levy under Section 38(6), the operator is in breach of section 38 of the RV Act."

Anyone being impacted should seek professional advice.

Monday, 24 May 2021

Retirement Village Operators Seek To Remove Consumer Protections

 Vic retirement village operators seek to remove consumer protections for village insurance costs charged to residents. Current protections favour both, new favours only operators.

Function of Government

The role of government is to create an environment for commerce to function whilst at the same time protecting retirees and particularly vulnerable retirees from both financial and emotional harm emanating from that function.

The Victorian Retirement Villages Act 1986 provides the environment for commerce to function but fails to fully protect retirees from financial and emotional harm as a result of it.

The Victorian legislative definition of a retirement village in demanding the payment of an 'in-going' amount without the transfer of property ownership is a major contributor to that financial and emotional harm suffered by retirees.


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