Paul, Jemima and Julie from the parks team at the Tenant’s Union of NSW wish you - our Outasite Lite readers - a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year.
We enjoyed sharing residential parks news with you in 2015 and hearing back from you about the stories and updates we send through. Thank you for the positive feedback you kindly send us.
A QUICK LOOK BACK OVER 2015
2015 has been a very busy year for the parks team.
The Residential Parks Forum met four times through the year, providing a chance for us to chat with resident advocates about the different issues arising for residents in parks and work together on how best to tackle these. We finished the year with comprehensive two day training on the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) for resident advocates in December.
We were involved in consultations on the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Regulation 2015 and Local Government (Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005. This included attendance at consultative meetings, as well as formal written submissions on the regulations.
Our Residential Parks Legal Officer, Paul Smyth, has been involved in matters at NCAT, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal – many of which are ongoing. We foresee Paul being very busy into the new year!
The new Act commenced
On 1 November the new Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 became law and our feet haven’t touched the ground since!
Through the year we developed a new website for park residents - thenoticeboard.org.au. As soon as the Act commenced we made over 20 factsheets available on our website. These covered different aspects of the new law for both home owners and renters.
We also published a special edition of Outasite focused on the new law. So far we have distributed around 5000 copies throughout the State. Every day we are adding new subscribers - welcome all new readers!
And, we began our community education project on the new law. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us with the project so far. We’ve written more about the project here. All the best for the festive season and see you next year!