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The tenant who knew too much

"I wear many hats: mother, friend, student, teacher, researcher, tenant, wife, country music enthusiast… Each of these, compartmentalised, functions as a well-oiled machine. However, as hundreds of self-help books and blogs seem to indicate, these hats tend to influence each other from time to time. Turns out it was inevitable that children who draw on walls and require bedrooms, would influence my previously smooth-running operation as a tenant."
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Electricity: changes on the horizon

There are changes afoot to the financial assistance available for NSW park residents who need help paying their energy bills.
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Million Dollar Homes

Million dollar homes
Manufactured home estates (MHEs) and caravan parks (collectively called residential parks) provide long-term accommodation to around 34,000 people in NSW, according to Fair Trading. Parks have for a long time provided an affordable home ownership option and today 87% of residents own their homes.
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Emergency! Access issues for parks

Access arrangements for residential parks are often an area of discussion and dispute, not only between park owners and residents, but also sometimes between residents. On the one hand is the desire or need for security and on the other is the necessity to enable vehicle access for service providers.
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Submissions are in!

January 30 was the final day for submissions on the draft Residential (Land Lease) Communities Regulation 2014. NSW Fair Trading will now consider the submissions and prepare a report for the Minister for Fair Trading. The Tenants’ Union consulted with resident groups and the Tenants Advice & Advocacy Network in the course of preparing our submission, read more in this issue of Outasite Lite.
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Land tax is the fairest tax on earth

From the Brown Couch archives: an explanation of why the TU supports a land tax
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Reprieve for residents of Hastings Point Holiday Park

Hastings Point residents
Hastings Point Holiday Park has been in the process of closing for some time and a seniors living development is being built in its’ place. During 2012 the remaining approximately 30 residents of the park were served with Notices of Termination of their site agreements for change of use. Read more about their story in this issue of Outasite Lite.
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Draft Regulations released!

NSW Fair Trading Minister released the draft Residential (Land Lease) Communities Regulation 2014 at a residential park in the Tweed on 17 October. The Regulation is the final piece in the reform of residential parks legislation. It is necessary to carry out the purpose of the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013.
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Affordability biggest concern

The Tenants’ Union recently wrote to all park residents on the Outasite mailing list to check that it is accurate. We had a great response with 563 people from 163 different parks requesting copies of Outasite. Because we were writing to people, we also undertook a quick survey. We asked residents to nominate what they consider to be the top three issues in residential parks. Read about the results in this issue of Outasite Lite.
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Terence faced damp and mould in public housing for years

Terence, a public housing tenant, in front of his house
Terence is a tenant of Housing NSW. His property was riddled with damp and mould for years. This exacerbated his health problems and forced him to sleep in a recliner chair in lounge room rather than his bed.
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