Freedom and Fairness in Retirement Villages: An Analysis of the Regulatory Framework
40 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2019 Last revised: 30 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 6, 2019
New Zealand’s ageing population has contributed to the rapid expansion of the retirement village sector and will continue to do so in coming decades. It is therefore essential that the regulatory framework governing retirement villages be fit for purpose and that it meet its policy objective of protecting retirement village residents’ rights and interests. The regulatory framework has not been subjected to a comprehensive review since the enactment of the Retirement Villages Act 2003. This paper analyses the degree to which the regulatory framework has achieved its aims. It draws on data from interviews with residents and management from retirement villages to identify ways in which the regulatory framework could be altered to better balance the rights of residents and operators. It proposes amendments to the framework to ensure that residents thoroughly understand their contracts with retirement village operators, and to provide for fairer provisions around the financial terms the contracts may contain. It also recommends the establishment of an independent advisory facility to support residents and intending residents both prior to and after their entry into villages.
Keywords: Retirement Villages Act, regulation, elder law
JEL Classification: K00
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