Contracts with privately-funded residents
Blake Lapthorn solicitor IRENE THOMAS outlines the key considerations in drawing-up a care home residency contract
In recent years, concern was raised about the standard of contracts between care homes and their residents and in particular, the fairness of those terms. This resulted in an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and subsequently guidance was published by the OFT.
It is worth getting your contracts right. If they infringe the legislation that outlaws unfair terms in contracts with ‘consumers’ (which includes care home residents), the OFT can suspend use of your terms and require them to be corrected.
The OFT often gives only a short period