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Deferred Management Fees | How They Work In Retirement Properties

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A deferred management fee can be paid when you or your loved one permanently leaves a property, such as a retirement village. This fee makes retirement homes more affordable and allows you to buy a nicer property than you’d normally be able to afford.

Here, we’ve explained exactly what deferred management fees are, how they work and how much they cost when vacating a retirement home.

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What is a Deferred Management Fee?

You, your loved one or next of kin pay a deferred management fee when permanently leaving a retirement community or similar retirement property. Though it might just sound like another cost, a deferred management fee is what enables you to enjoy all the amenities and facilities within a retirement complex. They also make purchasing a nicer property possible for many.

This fee works alongside a monthly management fee to ensure any repairs and maintenance work can be taken care of, without the village having to worry about a lack of funds.

You can learn more about these fees and the other costs associated with retirement living in our guide on retirement home costs.

Remember, you don’t pay anything until you sell or let your property.

How Much Does a Deferred Management Fee Cost?

The industry average is around 27% of the purchase price. So, if you were to buy a retirement property for £500,000, the average deferred management fee would be around £135,000.

Be sure to check with individual companies though, as this fee can vary quite a bit from provider to provider. Ryman Healthcare caps its deferred management at just 20%.

Not all retirement villages charge a deferred management fee either, with Bournehurst in Sefton, Merseyside, stating that they don’t charge homeowners an exit fee or deferred management charge.

Here are some of the retirement homes we offer across the UK that don’t charge a deferred management fee:

Kingfisher Court in Taunton, South West England

Thorneycroft in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton

Pegasus Cobham Bowers in Cobham, Surrey

Balshaw Court near Preston

Pegasus Jesmond Assembly in Newcastle upon Tyne

Matcham Grange in Harrogate

Eden Court in London

Catherine Place in Melton Mowbray, East Midlands

And here are a few of our retirement homes that do charge a deferred management fee:

Debden Grange in Saffron Walden, Essex

Gittisham Park in East Devon

The Red House in Ripon, North Yorkshire

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How a Deferred Management Fee Works

The following example shows how a Deferred Management Fee can be worked out, and how this affects the final payout:

In this example, we’ve given two different monthly fees. Often, paying a higher monthly fee (Option A) will result in a lower deferred management fee and vice-versa.

Option A - You pay £800 a month and a deferred management fee of 1.5% each year

Option B - You pay £400 a month and a deferred management fee of 3% each year

The below table shows how much you’d need to pay in deferred management fees, depending on when you sell your property:

Year Value of Property Expected Property Value Increase Option A Expected DMF (£) Option B Expected DMF (£)
Year 1 £300,000 N/A 1.5% £4,500 3% £9,000
Year 2 £315,000 £15,000 3% £9,450 6% £18,900
Year 3 £330,750 £15,750 4.5% £14,884 9% £29,768
Year 4 £347,288 £16,538 6% £20,837 12% £41,675
Year 5 £364,652 £17,364 7.5% £27,349 15% £54,698

To further explain our example table, the deferred management fee in Option A rises by 1.5% each year, and by 3% each year in Option B. Then, the expected deferred management fee is calculated by working out that year’s percentage against the house value. So in Year 1 for Option A, a house value of £300,000 and a yearly charge of 1% gives an expected fee of £3,000.

In this example, the house value rises by 5% each year (though this is just a forecast, as actual property prices are difficult to accurately predict).

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Frequently Asked Questions

When do you pay the deferred management fee?

Most commonly, you, your loved one or your next of kin will pay a deferred management fee when you permanently exit the village.

However, some providers won’t repay your entry payment (minus the deferred management fee) until your retirement property has been sold on.

What happens to the deferred management fee when moving from an independent unit to a serviced home?

Often, the amount of care and support required by a resident will change and increase over time. When this happens, some people choose to move from an independent unit to a serviced unit.

When making this switch, some providers will reset your or your loved one’s deferred management fee. As a result, when you or your loved one permanently exit the village, you’ll be charged an extra fee.

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