Before you sign up for a retirement village, the operators are required to produce you with copies of specific documents that underline the terms and policies of the contract you are signing. This is a legal mandate for the operators and allows for the consumers to be properly informed so that they are fully aware of all their rights and obligations and have confidence in their decision. The owner is supposed to hand over a copy underlining the terms and conditions of the contract. However, this does not in any way bind you to the contract. You can choose to opt in or out in accordance with your best interests on the said retirement villages.
Given below is the important information that you should acquire before signing a contract with one of the retirement villages.
- Financial information
This is the most important of all. You should be clearly informed about the fees at the time of joining, during the stay and at the time of exit. Most retirement villages produce the financial accounts for three subsequent years at a time. However, this depends on the policies of the particular retirement village. If there has been a revision in the policies, you may also be provided quarterly audits. In addition to this, you should also have a detailed knowledge about the trust where your payments are to be deposited and how secure it is and whether or not you will be required to make payments for the maintenance.
- Development plans
Before signing the contract, make it a point to seek information about whether there are going to be any developmental projects during your stay in the villa. If there are, ask for the site plan and whether your apartments are going to be included in it. If the operators have any promises about the facilities that are going to be delivered in the future, you should make sure that they are mentioned in the contract. The law also has it that the operators should keep every document in their possession transparent to the public. Make it a point to keep the documents describing future services on hand should there be any complexities later on.
- Make inquiries about the company title
If the retirement village is run by a company with similar other facilities, learn about their constitution and association. You can ask for a corporation certificate, copies of management agreements, rules, and information about the general meetings.
- Buying and selling of the units
There can be advertisements for the sale of the units before the construction starts. Buying the units at this stage is called buying off the plan and you will be allowed to choose the customized styles, fittings and fixtures. If you are buying off the plan, you may have to depend entirely on the artist’s impression. Also, make sure that you are aware of the completion date and if you are supposed to make any additional contracts before moving in. Taking legal advice would be helpful in this case. At the same time, you should also have good information about the undertakings you will be required to make if you plan to make an exit from the retirement villages.