Sale of premises – news and analysis

Outasite – land lease community magazine out now

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The Tenants' Union has just published Outasite – our annual printed publication for land lease communities! It has been delivered to mailboxes in communities all over NSW. This issue includes articles on electricity in land lease communities, the Review of the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act, Local Government regulations impact on home owners, site fee increase methods, and more...
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Requests for access during lockdown?

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The Public Health Orders so far have continued to allow landlords and their agents to force a range of entries into residential premises against the wishes of the occupants and their attempts to follow health advice. We want to hear from renters about any requests for access they've received - e.g. routine inspection, viewing appointments, repairs or maintenance, other - you have received since the start of the NSW lockdown period. We will be using information collected to advocate for tougher restrictions on access to rental housing during lockdown.
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Responses to Homelessness, January 2021

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Check out our submission to the NSW Audit Office's Audit of the NSW Government's responses to homelessness. Everyone deserves a safe, secure, affordable home, and the NSW Government is failing to meet its commitments to ensure our communities' well-being.
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Report on the situation for NSW renters during COVID-19 demonstrates struggle ongoing, potentially getting worse

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Tenants' Union of NSW Report released today demonstrates the struggle many NSW renters continue to face as a result of COVID-19. The report 'Supporting Renters During the Pandemic' provides evidence of the continued need for support for renting households across NSW during the pandemic and demonstrates the need for an extension and strengthening of moratorium protections.
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Home Sales: Rights, responsibilities and rules

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When the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 commenced on 1 November 2015 all terms of existing site agreements that prohibited or placed restrictions on the sale of homes on site became void. The RLLC Act provides all home owners with the right to sell their home on site, including those in communities situated within a Crown Reserve.
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Perseverance pays off

Robin
When Robyn Meyers decided to sell her home, she did not expect to have to make multiple Tribunal applications to do so. Her home was located in a residential community in Byron Bay. Property prices in Byron Bay are at a premium, and many people working there cannot afford to live there. The home belonged to Robyn’s mother and after her death legal ownership was passed to Robyn, as well as the site agreement.
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2017 in review

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With Christmas fast-approaching 2017 is coming to an end. The Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act has been operating for two years and continues to throw up familiar disputes and surprises. In this issue of Outasite Lite we look back over the year and report on the emerging and continuing issues for home owners in land lease communities.
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Fighting evictions in residential parks

Jill Edmonds
In 1990 I bought a manufactured home in a residential park (now called a ‘residential community’). I knew there was an element of risk in using my meagre retirement funds to become the owner of an ‘affordable’ house located on land owned by someone else. I did not know it was possible that park owners who had approval for redevelopment were permitted to evict pensioner residents and take ownership of their homes with no legal requirements for compensation. I thought such things could only happen in third-world countries!
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Ending tenancy due to sale of premises

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Inspection times for selling the premises

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