The mixed park saga

For the uninitiated, a mixed park is a basically a caravan park which caters for tourists but also allows for long term caravan sites where people choose to live on a permanent basis. Many of these caravans have fixed annexes to allow for a more pleasant lifestyle as a permanent residence. Some mixed parks also have the original “square line” homes which as a point of interest were and remain the original relocatable homes. Square line homes were never caravans although QCAT members have lied about this continuously. The balance of these mixed parks do in fact have the more updated version of relocatable homes where the homes are delivered in two sections and joined on site to make a home. These modified caravans, square lines and relocatable homes serve the occupants well and help remove some of the Government created housing shortage. Home is home whatever the structure. We all need a place to live and call home.

Mixed park operators have the privilege of popping in and out of the Manufactured Homes Residential Parks Act (MHRPA) as it suits them. Basically, long term permanent caravan residents are required to sign an agreement under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act (RTRA). This Act is absolutely deadly for long term caravan residents because all protections for these people have been cunningly removed by government legislation to favour park operators. The residents can be told to remove themselves and their caravans from the park without explanation. Further, park operators can and will get unsuspecting residents living in square line mobile homes and those living in actual manufactured homes to sign an agreement under the RTRA.
This then allows the park operator to apply the same method of giving home owners their marching orders and these homes are more difficult to remove and more costly.

The balancing act for the park operator in all this is whether to offer a home owner an agreement under the MHRPA which does not allow the park operator the right to order instant removal. This has to be weighed against allowing the park operator to seek a site fee increase on a regular basis as per the MHRPA. This is what is meant by the previous comment of park operators  being able to pop in and out of the MHRPA to suit themselves. Under the MHRPA section 12 defines a residential park as being land that includes: sites, common areas and facilities for the personal comfort and enjoyment for the home owners.

Here’s  the rub. Park operators give all the facilities over to tourists which constitutes a breach of the MHRPA but that’s OK, the government conveniently looks the other way.

Welcome to the double standards awarded to park operators by the Queensland Government.


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