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New rules for operators

03/11/2015
Outasite article
During the review of the Residential Parks Act 1998 one of the key issues raised by residents was the conduct of operators. Many stories were told about interference with the sale of homes, harassment and intimidation by operators. The Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 contains a number of new provisions in relation to operator behaviour, including new rules of conduct.
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New rules in communities

03/11/2015
Gnome
Community rules (previously called park rules) are about the use, enjoyment, control and management of a community. Unlike the Residential Parks Act 1998, the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 does not set specific subject matter for rules so they can be about anything that fits into these general themes.
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Never give up! The campaign to keep assignment

03/11/2015
Christina
When the draft Residential (Land Lease) Communities Bill was first released in April 2013 one of the big concerns residents and advocates had was that under the new Act residents would lose the right to assign their site agreements. The draft Bill seemed to favour operators, providing weaker assignment provisions than those available in the Residential Parks Act 1998.
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It's gold! The value of your site agreement

03/11/2015
Keep calm
One of the most concerning changes in the new Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 is the introduction of ‘voluntary sharing arrangements’. Under the voluntary sharing arrangement provisions an operator can offer new site agreements that include entry and exit fees and entitle the operator to a share in the sale price, or in any future capital gain on a home when it is sold.
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A home under the gum trees

03/11/2015
House
Everyone loves a big, beautiful, shady tree in the backyard or by the side of the road … except, of course, when that tree’s overhanging branches threaten to fall during a storm and cause personal injury or damage to a home.
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Selling your home

03/11/2015
Outasite article
The Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 (the Act) introduces some new and necessary rights for home owners in the area of home sales. Selling a home on-site without interference should be a basic and easily enforceable right but this has not always been the case. Hopefully the new provisions will change this.
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Emergency access in your park

03/11/2015
Boom gate
It is an operator’s responsibility to ensure that emergency service vehicles can access a park. We spoke to a park resident about the emergency access issues he faced in his park.
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Your site fees and how they can be increased

03/11/2015
House
The Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 introduces a new possibility for the setting of site fees in new site agreements. The standard form agreement provides for site fees to be set at a percentage of the Age Pension. This is an interesting inclusion because the percentage will be accurate only for a short time and it therefore appears to be unnecessary. It also has the potential to confuse.
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Renting a home in a residential community

03/11/2015
Caravan
From 1 November 2015 people who rent a home in a residential community (residential park) will have rights and responsibilities under both the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013. This applies whether they rent from the operator or someone else.
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Artwork by Aboriginal Artist Pauline Coxon

01/11/2015
Artwork by Aboriginal Artist Pauline Coxon
Aboriginal Artist Pauline Coxon used to be a Tenant Advocate, and in 2015 she created this brilliant painting about tenancy issues. The Tenants’ Union of NSW commissioned her to paint anything that inspired her about tenancy. We're so happy with the painting and the powerful messages it contains! Thanks Pauline. Read Pauline's explanation of the painting and check out her website.
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