Legislation has been passed by Parliament to amend the Residential Parks Act 2007. The legislation aims to strike a balance between protecting the rights of residents and the investment in their homes, and the interests of park owners to support the growth of their parks.
See the factsheet Changes coming for residential parks for an overview of the new laws.
Changes that take effect now
Residents that have an agreement for more than 5 years, or that have lived in a park for 5 years or more, cannot have their site agreements terminated without specific grounds (e.g. breach of the agreement by the resident).
Changes to commence at a later date
A commencement date for the remainder of the changes will be advised in due course.
Residential parks legislation was originally designed to address issues arising from people living in caravan parks in moveable, inexpensive structures on rented sites. However, over time the types of housing structures have changed. Some residential parks offer purely long term living in constructed or manufactured homes, while others are a mix of tourist accommodation with dedicated areas for residential living. The types of dwellings range from caravans with annexes to transportable and manufactured homes.
A discussion paper was released in March 2016 to consult on ways to improve the current laws. Feedback received highlighted concerns around the insecurity of tenure, and the absence of any legal requirement for park owners to disclose certain information or to provide compensation for residents.