Launched in 2015 and revised in 2017, the ARCO Consumer Code is continuously reviewed to ensure that it provides the benchmark for good practice within the Retirement Community sector.
The Code applies to Retirement Communities in the UK that have been registered with ARCO by ARCO Approved Operators, as well as Provisional and Prospective members of ARCO.
The Consumer Code builds upon UK consumer law to set specific, high standards for the Retirement Community sector. It is informed by regular assessments of ARCO members and by external developments, such as the Law Commission for England and Wales’ work on event fees in retirement properties.
What does the Consumer Code mean for Retirement Community Operators, Customers and Residents?
The Consumer Code’s key principles are transparency and fairness: older people should be able to make a fully informed choice to move into a Retirement Community and be treated fairly by the operator.
ARCO members agree to ensure that prospective residents are given clear and transparent information about fees and service charges well before they decide to move in. They must also maintain core levels of services in their Retirement Communities and have a fair and consultative relationship with residents.
How do we ensure standards are met?
The Code is supported by a robust Standards and Compliance Framework.
External assessors conduct independent reviews of services against the Consumer Code on ARCO’s behalf. These assessors monitor ARCO members’ compliance with the Code, and ARCO will take action as necessary when standards are not met.
What do I do if I have a complaint?
You can read about ARCO's complaints policy here.