Over a hundred residents of retirement villages and key organisations called for changes to retirement housing laws at a recent forum.
COTA Victoria, Housing for the Aged Action Group, Residents of Retirement Villages Victoria and Consumer Action Law Centre answered questions by a packed audience, keen to hear what the Parliamentary Inquiry on Retirement Housing recommended in March 2017.
The government has six months to respond to the report. Residents at the forum came together from across Victoria and shared their common goals to improve residents’ rights. The forum unanimously called for an alternative low cost dispute process such as a retirement housing ombudsman. Other urgent priorities included reviewing the Retirement Villages Act and bringing in mandatory training for managers and accreditation for operators. Deferred management fees, repairs and maintenance responsibilities and voting rights for residents were voted as critical by residents.
Find out how you can join the campaign and call for better laws and conditions for retirement residents.Contact your local MP and tell them we need better laws for retirement housing residents.