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Residential parks up for legislation review

By Staff Reporter
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A review of laws relating to residential parks in Western Australia is underway, with the state government calling for public input.

Is it estimated that there are currently there are currently 250 residential parks in WA, with up to 20,000 tenants.

Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said it is important to ensure the legislation is current and provides adequate protections for the residents of residential parks, which range from long-stay caravan parks to purpose-built lifestyle villages.

“The Government is committed to finding the right balance between protecting the rights of long-stay tenants, many of whom are elderly and potentially vulnerable, and maintaining the business viability of the residential park industry,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Valid concerns have been raised about whether the current laws adequately address issues such as security of tenure, excessive rent increases and the difficulties faced by residents when these parks are closed or sold. These concerns have prompted the Government to give this issue a high priority.

“Many residents may not fully understand the terms and conditions of their lease or appreciate the costs and challenges in moving or selling their home. The Government is determined to ensure any proposed changes to the laws will fully consider all options to address the range of issues faced by residents and park owners.

“A comprehensive discussion paper has now been released and I encourage all interested parties to voice their opinions during the statutory review of this legislation and make submissions by the closing date at the end of November.”

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