A generous offer by Collette Tours of discounts to RVRA members and commission to the RVRA has recently been accepted.
Delivering quality service for 99 years, Collette reaches every continent. Whether you’re looking for a multi-country tour, a small group adventure, or a shorter city-stay, Collette has the perfect tour for you. Experience world-class service, along with in-depth expertise from professional tour managers, carefully designed itineraries and handpicked hotels.
RVRA members receive $50 per person off each Collette tour (see full details HERE). RVRA will also receive commission on each booking made and it is important for members that they tell their travel agents or Collette that they are members.
The RVRA has sought clarification from NSW Fair Trading, that strata schemes within retirement villages would be exempt from the new strata reforms, allowing collective sale and renewal with a special resolution of only 75 per cent of lot owners instead of a unanimous resolution.
The first public hearing for the retirement housing inquiry by the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament will be held on Wednesday 28 September. Retirement villages, caravan parks, residential parks and independent living units are all included in the scope of the inquiry.
While this is a Victorian inquiry, the problems are similar to those in NSW. The Committee is examining the existing Victorian legislation to ensure it reflects the diversity of retirement housing types.
It will also be seeking to ensure there are proper consumer protections in place, adequate dispute resolution procedures, fair pricing and consistent, simplified management standards and regulations across the sector.
The Committee has received more than 760 submissions to the inquiry including some from the operators with villages in NSW and peak national bodies.
Those of you who regularly access this website will have noted that there are many posts that were made some years ago. This is particularly so in the Information for Residents, Media Extracts and Newsletter Topics categories and also the Old Forum Posts page.
You may also have noticed that the number of posts shown in those categories has recently reduced. They have not been deleted, they have been sent to the ARCHIVES. They are still on the site and can be seen and read by searching the Archives.
At the top of the right-hand column of this post is the SEARCH button which searches the whole site. Even if you only know one word of what you are looking for it should be found and listed. Try entering VALE and see what you get.
Don’t forget, if you do have any problems with this latest change please use the form on Contact Us and let me know.
BUDGETING FOR RESIDENTS IN RETIREMENT
Courtesy of the Association’s auditors, Bishop Collins and David McClelland FCA an 18-page presentation on budgeting is now available on the RVRA web site. It tells you what you need to know, and what they don’t want you to know.
The publication is packed full of details that are pertinent to the annual budget debate. Remember, it is never too early to start budget discussions with your operator.
Remember, a budget is an estimate, and all estimates are built on assumptions. The Finance Committee of your village has to find out what those assumptions are.
Remember the old saying “. . . garbage in; garbage out . . .”
The RVRA has prepared a PDF presentation which you can view HERE.
Look at the document, then print it out and study it carefully. I can assure you it will be worth the time and effort.
Especially when you ask the questions on head office charges..
The Retirement Village Regulations 2009, Schedule 4 is a ‘Model proposed annual budget’. Residents’ Committees or residents should seek to have their budgets prepared based on this format however an operator of a retirement village is not required to, use the model form of proposed annual budget.
A Word document version of the ‘Model proposed annual budget’ that can be used on a computer can be downloaded and saved HERE