Qld proposes rent changes to support manufactured home-owners in residential parks

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Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch announced that the Palaszczuk Government is considering limiting the maximum yearly site rent increases in residential parks and banning market rent reviews to promote fairness for owners of manufactured homes.

In a media statement, the minister calls for a second proposal that would require park owners to report on their websites how their land stacks up against other residential parks.

The Queensland Government said it is especially interested in hearing from operators and owners of residential parks and owners of mobile homes.

The proposals are part of a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (C-RIS) released Monday, with Queenslanders allowed to comment until 26 June 2023.

Minister Enoch expressed her commitment to making residential parks great places to live for the tens of thousands of Queenslanders residing in the region.

“The Palaszczuk Government wants to increase transparency and fairness for manufactured home-owners, while supporting industry viability,”  the minister said.

Last year, the minister said Queensland was able to release an issues paper and a home-owner survey to better understand the issues relating to site rent increases and the sale of homes in residential parks.

“The information provided in response to the paper has been used to get to the heart of these issues and develop reform proposals,” Enoch said.

The minister pointed out that the government has made a commitment to address these issues through the Queensland Housing and Homelessness Action Plan 2021 – 2025.

“Home-owners, residential park owners and other interested parties can now have their say on the reform options,” she added.

The government revealed strong growth in the residential parks sector in the past 10 years, with an increase from 168 residential parks in Queensland in 2013 including 14,000 home sites to 200 residential parks in Queensland in 2023 with more than 23,000 home sites.

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