- Thursday, 16 May 2013
“Spain is at risk of suffocating any much-needed bounce back in its tourist residential market by introducing legislation that would make it difficult to rent out a second home to holidaymakers.
The Spanish Government is close to changing legislation that gives all property-owners the right to let their property on a short-term basis, so that in future all holiday lets would need to be authorised - and have a licence granted by – the local regional government. The new law targets foreign owners in particular, as it highlights that holiday lets will be deemed illegal without the correct licence and approval by the local authority when advertised on-line, a popular way for non-Spanish residents to market rental homes.
- Thursday, 16 May 2013
One of the pioneers in bringing the retirement village concept to the UK, Richmond Villages has been designing, building and operating its own villages for the past 17 years.
Over that time, it has welcomed hundreds of residents who have purchased properties at one of its five villages, and consequently has a real sense for what people moving to a retirement village look for.
“Taking the decision to move from one’s family home and downsizing in retirement is a major step for anyone,” says Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages. “It really is one of those key stages in life, and not one to be taken lightly.
- Monday, 22 April 2013
It is estimated that over 1 million UK passport holders make the decision to retire overseas. Here, Daniel Tissington explains his reasons for choosing the Caribbean for his dream retirement.
My decision to relocate with my wife to Margarita a few years ago, was primarily to escape what I consider to be the ‘political hell hole’ that England has become. I also felt that we could have a far better quality of life in our retirement years if we left the UK.
- Monday, 22 April 2013
Moving house gets harder the older you are, but a new guide to helping the elderly move, declutter and downsize can really help…
The benefits of moving to a smaller, more manageable property can be huge for an elderly person who is losing their mobility, needing to raise funds for their care, or wanting to move closer to family and friends. But a great many people are unable to make that move – simply because they cannot face letting go of decades of accumulated belongings and all the attached memories.
- Monday, 15 April 2013
The UK’s leading retirement developer, McCarthy & Stone, will celebrate the wisdom of the ages during the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this summer, when it unveils a spectacular show garden aimed at challenging the pre-conceptions of later life.
To achieve this McCarthy & Stone have enlisted award winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw to create an original and striking conceptual installation which will capture the positivity behind the aging process, whilst honouring the experiences and knowledge offered by the UK’s growing aging population.
- Wednesday, 10 April 2013
McCarthy & Stone, Britain’s leading builder of retirement apartments, is warning that a city the size of Manchester (circa 500,000 people) needs to be built every two years for the next 20 years if the UK is going to address its need for more specialist housing for its ageing population.
A super-sized building programme to meet this shortfall would not only release up to 3,750,000 existing and much-needed family-sized homes to tackle the UK’s family housing shortage, but would also sustain 250,000 new construction jobs a year to 2033 and provide a significant boost to the economy.
- Tuesday, 09 April 2013
An ingenious intergenerational initiative is helping to solve the housing needs of thousands of young people – and the care needs of the elderly.
Homesharing was recently highlighted in research undertaken carried out by NDTI* on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as a proven way to help both age groups – particularly older people with high support needs. But what does it involve? What are the drawbacks? And how do you set about finding someone with whom to share a home?
- Friday, 08 March 2013
For the first time, older people and their families will help shape new guidelines to improve practice in the private retirement home industry.
The poorly regulated retirement homes sector has come under fire in recent years over unfair practices by some retirement housing providers, which has been investigated by the Office of Fair Trading.
- Wednesday, 06 March 2013
Richmond Villages, one of the pioneers of the retirement village concept and now with five villages across the UK, is launching a new radio show.
Presented by Nicola Tooke, village advisor at Richmond Village Nantwich in Cheshire and part time DJ, Richmond Radio will bring a blend of features including guests, topical discussion and popular music for all tastes. There will be instant quizzes and feature-led lifestyle content on a wide range of interests including gardening and ‘top tips’ from experts.
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