Welcome to the Noticeboard!

This is a website for and about people who live in residential parks in New South Wales.

The noticeboard recognises the unique housing situation of park residents by providing specialised legal information, resources and referral options.

The law applies differently to people who rent both the site and home (renters) and those who rent only the site (home owners). Be aware that some of the information on this site is directed only at one group or the other.

Park news

Electricity pricing: are you being overcharged?

Tuesday, 6 September, 2016 - 12:51

Rod and Margaret

Electricity charges in land lease communities are a hot issue for home owners. Prices continue to rise and, when home owners purchase electricity from the operator, the charges are complex and difficult to understand. In this article we will explore the laws, regulations and the charges.

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Increasing site fees: you deserve an explanation

Wednesday, 13 July, 2016 - 15:55

Jock Plimmer from the Affiliated Residential Park Residents Association (APRA)Home owners in land lease communities understand that their site fees can increase and most are used to having an increase every year. Receiving a site fee increase might not come as surprise, but big or small, home owners want to know the basis for the increase. And for many homeowners it is now their right to receive an explanation from the operator.

When the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 (the Act) came into force at the end of 2015 it introduced a number of changes to site fee increases. One of the positive changes for home owners is that operators are now required to provide an explanation for a site fee increase ‘by notice'.

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Park resident advocate announced local woman of the year

Thursday, 12 May, 2016 - 11:18

Residential park resident advocate Christina Steel was recently announced as Port Stephens ‘Local Woman of the Year’ by the Port Stephens MP Kate Washington.

Christina is the president of the Port Stephens Park Residents Association and a long term and valued member of the Tenants’ Union Residential Parks Forum.

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Recently at NCAT

Thursday, 12 May, 2016 - 11:14

Since the commencement of the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 on 1 November 2015 we have been keeping an eye on decisions coming out of NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) to see how the various provisions are being interpreted. In this issue of Outasite Lite we report on an unpublished decision concerning assignment.

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Is age just a number?

Thursday, 12 May, 2016 - 10:42

Julie Lee, Tenants' Union Residential Parks Officer

I was recently delivering an information session to park residents about the new Act when I was asked a question about a term of the site agreement restricting the sale of homes to people over a certain age.

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Link to community information sessions