Law to end ‘ se­niors vil­lage rip- off’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE State Gov­ern­ment aims to ur­gently push new leg­is­la­tion through par­lia­ment to bet­ter pro­tect se­niors liv­ing in re­tire­ment vil­lages.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Mick de Brenni say overly long, com­plex and “sneaky” con­tracts need to be sim­pli­fied and exit fees need to be fairer.

Ms Palaszczuk has de­clared the La­bor gov­ern­ment would in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion quickly to en­sure changes could take ef­fect be­fore the end of the year.

The changes would in­clude: sim­pli­fied, stan­dard con­tracts; fees and charges de­clared up­front; a min­i­mum three- week con­tract eval­u­a­tion be­fore sign­ing; fairer exit fees; and en- force­able be­hav­iour stan­dards for vil­lage op­er­a­tors.

Mr de Brenni said the pro­posed laws, which came af­ter an 18- month con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, would “end the re­tire­ment vil­lage rip- off”. “This is about arm­ing and em­pow­er­ing ... the se­niors of Queens­land with the rights and in­for­ma­tion they need,” he said.

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