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Fair Market Value – A win in one case and an anomaly uncovered in another

Fri, 23/09/2022 - 20:29
the N Cat
An anomaly has been exposed in the safeguards for fair market value when setting site fees in new site agreements, when the operator owns the home that is being sold.
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The non-compliant mediation form

Fri, 23/09/2022 - 19:43
Outasite logo
An NCAT matter began as a collective application disputing a site fee increase at Milton Valley Holiday Park. At formal hearing the Member decided the Tribunal did not have jurisdiction on a collective application challenging a site fee as excessive because the mediation application was not accompanied by a schedule of at least 25% of home owners. The Fair Trading compulsory mediation application form doesn’t have a place for this schedule and does not provide any information that this is a requirement.
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Residents battle for clean water

Fri, 23/09/2022 - 18:51
specimen jars showing dirty water
Residents of a land lease community in western metropolitan Sydney have been forced to do battle over the quality of their drinking water. They have been concerned for a considerable period of time about the quality of the water supplied by their community operator. 
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Emergency services vehicle access

Fri, 23/09/2022 - 17:05
the entrance to sweetwater grove
This article highlights the importance of operator compliance with all requirements under the Residential Land Lease Communities Act 2013 (RLLC Act). Operators are required under the RLLC Act to ensure that there is 24 hour unimpeded emergency vehicle access to the community. An operator is required to consult with residents and all relevant emergency and home care services regarding access arrangements in the community.
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Wills and Probate

Fri, 23/09/2022 - 16:10
A home at surfrider caravan park
In a recent decision of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) Appeal Panel the question of whether a home can be sold (onsite in a community) without a grant of probate has been answered.
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Quick updates

Fri, 23/09/2022 - 15:54
Quick Updates
Quick updates on the KNV Appeal – the 'fixed' method of site fee increases, and on the 5 year Review of the Residential Land Lease Communities Act.
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Working with resident advocates

Fri, 23/09/2022 - 14:47
Resident advocates are volunteers who usually live, or have lived, in land lease communities. They may be members of a resident organisation, or a residents committee, or just someone with a commitment to social justice. The thing they all have in common is that they dedicate their time to supporting residents, helping them assert their rights, negotiating with operators and, if necessary, taking disputes to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).
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Rebecca Bryant, Advocate from VERTO South-West NSW TAAS

Fri, 23/09/2022 - 13:56
Rebecca Bryant works as a Tenant Advocate at VERTO, South West NSW Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (TAAS). We asked Rebecca some questions about her experience of advising and advocating for land lease community residents. 
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Reflecting on 21 years of advocacy for renters and land lease community residents

Fri, 23/09/2022 - 12:57
After more than two decades’ work as a dedicated advocate for tenants and then land lease community residents, Julie Lee is moving on to new pursuits. We took the opportunity to ask for her reflections on her work and particularly the issues faced by land lease community residents in New South Wales.
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Examining claims about the social objectives of estate renewal

Tue, 13/09/2022 - 15:11
Action for Public Housing protest against redevelopment of Glebe estates
As the NSW Government moves to implementing its decision to redevelop the Waterloo Estate, the social objectives claimed for the redevelopment and what is needed to deliver them becomes a focus. In this blog guest author Dr Alistair Sisson, an academic in the field examines the NSW government's claims about the social objectives of estate renewal. Thanks to redwatch for permission to re-publish.
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