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Residential parks provide sites upon which relocatable homes are placed. Residents either rent a home and a site, or rent a site only and own the home on the site. The home may be a caravan, cabin, park home or motor home. Whether you own the home or not, park living always involves renting the site. It is important to understand, in most residential parks, all you own is the relocatable home and this (not the land) is what you sell when you leave the park.
In Western Australia, residential parks are generally either:
Many types of housing can use the term 'lifestyle village' in their name or promotional materials. The term 'lifestyle village' will not tell you whether the housing option is a retirement village, a strata title complex, a residential tenancy, or a residential park. The table on the housing choices page may help with figuring out what type of housing you live in.
When considering any option, check with the operator or salesperson to see what type of accommodation is being offered and which laws will cover you as a resident.
The following information is based on a lifestyle village under the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006, because this is a common scenario.
Lifestyle villages generally offer a different experience than mixed-use parks. Lifestyle villages are often marketed to people over 45 and are designed specifically to cater to long-stay residents. Many provide amenities such as swimming pools, recreation centres and storage areas for boats or caravans.
When you want to leave a lifestyle village you will have to sell the home to a new owner. When selling a home on site, there are two transactions that must take place. The seller must:
You should be aware that even after you leave a lifestyle village you will have to continue to pay the site rent until the home is sold to a new resident.
Detailed information from the seniors housing guide.