Information sessions about residential parks laws review
Consumer Protection is holding information sessions to explain a current review of the laws that apply to about 29,000 people living long-term in residential parks across WA.
Views are being sought from the caravan, mobile home, park home and lifestyle village communities in response to a consultation paper that was released in June 2014.
The paper sets out possible options to change the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006. Key issues include: matters impacting on security of tenure, costs of park living, sale of homes (including exit fees) and park liaison committees.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll is hoping for feedback from residents and the industry to get a balanced and accurate picture.
“We need to ensure that the rights of residents, such as those who own their home but rent the land it is on, are protected. Park operator obligations in regard to disclosure of information, costs, contract requirements and notices of termination are therefore important.
“At the same time, the viability of the residential parks sector needs to be maintained. It is a popular choice for seniors looking for safe, communal and affordable living. Clearly, closure of residential parks can leave tenants – often retirees – needing to relocate and sometimes having difficulty in finding alternative accommodation (e.g. land for a mobile home) that suits their needs and financial situation.”
Information sessions will be held from 9.30am to 10.30am on:
• Wednesday 30 July 2014 Mandurah
Peel Thunder Football Club, Bendigo Bank Stadium, Dower Street
• Wednesday 6 August 2014 Joondalup
Joondalup Arena, Kennedya Drive
• Wednesday 13 August 2014 Gosnells
Gosnells Golf Club, 95 Sandringham Promenade, Canning Vale
Places must be booked in advance, either online at: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/residential-parks-review or by calling 1300 30 40 54.
Tenants unable to attend an information session can have a say by either taking part in an online survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/Resparks or downloading the consultation paper and making a submission via: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/residential-parks-review.
The closing date for submissions is Friday, 12 September 2014 at 5pm.
This is the second stage of public consultation after an original call for broader views in August 2012. The latest phase looks at specific suggestions.
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