Retirement Housing Stories

Jimmy is in his 80’s. He lived in a rundown caravan park for 30 years in a freezing/boiling caravan, traipsing to the communal toilet every night, until finally being forced out when the park was being 'upgraded' to 'boutique living'.

Mr and Mrs Armstrong* live in a for-profit retirement residential park (aka ‘lifestyle’ village) located in a rural area outside of Melbourne. Mr Armstrong called up for assistance in requesting that village management complete repairs to their property.

Mr and Mrs Jenner* are a couple in their mid 70s who moved from a rural area to Melbourne four years ago to access specialised medical treatment, and wanted to move back closer to family. Since June 2016 they have been trying to sell their moveable unit so they can finally move. The couple asked the park owner sell their unit.

Diane had been her father Joe’s live-in carer at the retirement village for two years before he passed away. She was the main beneficiary of his estate and the executor of his will. Since she’d inherited the unit, which was his main asset, and was herself in her 60’s, she expected to be able to keep living there. But the village manager had other ideas.