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Some people choose to sell their home and 'down size' by buying a unit or apartment, which are often strata titled. A strata title is a certificate of title for a lot and a share in the common property in a strata scheme set up under the Strata Titles Act 1985 . The strata scheme dictates what you...
Your own home
Ancillary accommodation or a 'granny flat' on an existing property is a convenient and cost effective option for some people. It can allow families to use their existing land and provide close access whilst still ensuring independence. Granny flats may be an extension to the home or a separate...
Your own home
You may be living in a home you own or have a mortgage on, but wish to sell and buy or build another one. This might be because you want a smaller garden, to downsize your house or you want to change location. Before making a final decision or signing any contracts to sell, buy or build: Know what...
Your own home
If you sign a residence contract, and you change your mind within seven working days of the date of the contract, you can terminate the contract without penalty. This is called the ‘cooling off’ period. If the manager or person representing the retirement village does not give you the required pre-...
Contracts
If moving into a retirement village, you will be presented with several documents . These can be lengthy and quite daunting. It is critical you read and understand the documents – especially the contract. If you decide to enter into the contract, it will generally be legally binding for both you...
Contracts
As retirement villages vary greatly in the types of accommodation and in the services provided, it is important to carefully consider how much you can afford to pay. Typically fees and charges fall into 3 categories: an in-going / entry payment called a ‘premium’; recurrent charges that cover the...
Fees and charges
There are advantages and disadvantages to living in a retirement village just as there are with any form of housing. It is important you fully understand what you are agreeing to and what the legal and financial implications are for you and your partner on entering, living in and leaving a village...
Choosing a village
To help you decide whether to sign a residence contract with a particular retirement village, you must receive (at least 10 working days before a residence contract is signed): a pre-contractual statement, that provides accurate information about a range of matters including fees and charges...
Choosing a village
It is a good idea to visit a number of different villages before deciding whether retirement village living is the best option for your circumstances and settling on the village that's right for you When you make your visits to different villages: inspect the unit being offered, including security...
Choosing a village
A retirement village provides accommodation and sometimes other amenities and services to a person, and their partner, who is over 55 years of age and/or is retired from full-time employment. There can be confusion about the difference between village complexes classified as retirement villages,...
What is a retirement village?

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Consumer Protection has used National Consumer Fraud Week to launch an initiative, which involves posters being distributed to police stations and wire transfer outlets across Western Australia in a bid to prevent relationship fraud victims from sending money to overseas scammers. The posters have been produced as part of Project Sunbird – a joint anti-fraud initiative with WA Police.Since its...
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