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Outasite Lite is our land lease community email newsletter, sent 3-4 times a year. Subscribe hereOutasite magazine is printed once a year and distributed via post. Both are free for residents and their advocates. Full archive here.

 

Stand your ground

12/02/2018
House
When it comes to agreements, promises and contracts the advice is always the same – get it in writing. Why? Because if a dispute arises the terms, or even the existence, of a verbal agreement can be difficult to prove. In this edition of Outasite Lite we look at a recent case about whether a statement made by an agent amounted to a verbal agreement.
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2017 in review

21/11/2017
Houses
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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Residents' committees

29/08/2017
Committee
Residents’ committees are a common feature of residential land lease communities and they have an important role. They can be a voice for residents, a source of information and support and the conduit between the operator and residents of the community. Many committees carry out a number of functions and some have sub-committees for particular purposes, for example to organise social activities. The Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act (the Act) sets the rules around residents’ committees.
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How site fees are increased

29/08/2017
Outasite article
It feels like every time we write an article about site fee increases in land lease communities we refer back to the review of the legislation and the fact that this was the biggest issue raised by park residents at that time. The Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 brought a new approach to site fee increases and new measures that the Government said would alleviate the pressure of constantly increasing site fees. In this article we will look at how site fees are being increased and the potential impact on home owners in the short and long term.
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The benefits of assignment

29/08/2017
Outasite article
In the last two issues of Outasite we have written articles about the assignment of site agreements. We have talked about the value of the right to assign, the campaign to keep that right and why we think NCAT got it wrong in the Farraway case. However, there is still some confusion, so in this article we will unpick the law and unpack the issues.
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Ron McLachlan: Resident Advocate

29/08/2017
Ron and colleagues
Ron McLachlan is a former park resident and long time advocate for residents’ rights. He is a member of the Residential Parks Forum and Port Stephens Park Residents Association. We asked Ron to tell us about his life as a park resident and advocate.
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Community rules clarified

29/08/2017
Advertisement from a Land Lease Community owner’s website
The Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 (the Act) brought many changes to land lease communities (residential parks) and one of the biggest was in the area of community rules. How rules are made and what they can be about has not changed significantly but who they apply to and how they are enforced has.
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Site maintenance: Who's responsible?

29/08/2017
Outasite article
We never thought we would have to explore the question of responsibility for site maintenance because the answer seems so obvious – the operator owns the land so they have to maintain it. But that assumption is being challenged by some operators who are attempting to pass on significant repair and maintenance costs to home owners, exploiting what appears to be poor drafting in the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 (the Act).
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