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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.

 

Out now! Outasite issue 4

12/07/2018
Outasite 2018 cover
Outasite issue 4 is hot off the presses and finding its way into mailboxes in land lease communities all over NSW. This issue contains articles including: Electricity usage charges; Site Fee Increase dispute at NCAT; Agreements; Abandonment; Local Government Regulations; Rules of conduct; Sandy Gilbert - Resident Advocate; Sale of home; Vale Christina; Home sales; Buyer beware.
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Power to the people – at a reasonable price

19/04/2018
Electricity
With the commencement of the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 (the Act) the method of calculating consumption charges for electricity, gas and water changed. The Tenants’ Union has highlighted the change through articles and a report. We have also held discussions with home owners, Tenant Advocates, the NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman (EWON) and NSW Fair Trading to explain that operators should not and cannot charge more than they are charged by their utility providers. Read more in this issue of Outasite Lite.
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Tenant Advocates working together to support renters

26/03/2018
Tenant Advocates at the TAAS Network Meeting
Last week, Tenant Advocates came together for the Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Services (TAAS) Network meeting. Around 60 Advocates participated in the meeting over two days, representing almost all TAASs from across New South Wales.
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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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