[singlepic id=232 w=320 h=240 float=left]Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said proposed changes to strengthen Queensland’s manufactured home laws are now closer, with an amendment bill currently before Parliament.

“The Bligh Government wants to make sure Queenslanders who live in manufactured homes are treated reasonably and fairly,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003 applies when a person owns their manufactured home, but rents the site it is located on from a residential park owner.

“It is estimated that around 15,000 people live in manufactured homes in 200 residential parks across Queensland. “

The Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Amendment Bill 2010 proposes changes to improve the operation of the Act and to strengthen consumer protection.

“The Bill is the result of an extensive legislative review, informed by a thorough consultation process involving manufactured home owners, residential park owners and consumer and industry advocates,” Mr Pitt said.

“It strikes the balance between strong, effective laws to protect manufactured home owners with the need to encourage affordable housing options for Queenslanders through the residential parks industry.”

The amendments will:

  • place new restrictions on the ability of park owners to seek increases in rent outside the terms of a site agreement
  • • improve the presentation of site agreements and stipulate that agreements:
    • must be written in plain English
    • must not contain prohibited terms that unfairly disadvantage manufactured home owners
    • must not include a fixed termination date
  • expand the types of orders the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal can make to assist home owners facing termination of their site agreement
  • clarify the definition of a ‘manufactured home’ by specifically excluding ‘converted caravans’
  • allow a record of residential parks to be established
  • make a number of minor, technical changes to clarify and improve the operation of the Act.

The Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Amendment Bill 2010 and Explanatory Notes are available at www.legislation.qld.gov.au

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