Legislation has been introduced into Parliament to amend the Residential Parks Act 2007 (the Act). The Act regulates the relationship between residential park owners and people who live in parks as their principal place of residence.
The 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.
The Residential Parks (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2018, introduced into Parliament on 5 September 2018, would see a fairer and more transparent system for residential park residents and owners. The Bill 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.