Residential parks law review - Statutory review report

Consumer Protection has undertaken a review of the laws which regulate long‑stay residential park tenancies in Western Australia.

  • Status: Closed 31 March 2016.

Background

The purpose of this review is to assess the effectiveness of the operation of the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 (RPLT Act). 

Current consultation phase:

The Statutory Review Report sets out recommendations based on an analysis of all stakeholder feedback and research undertaken by Consumer Protection since the review’s commencement in 2012.

The Government would like stakeholders to have an opportunity to consider the recommendations and make comment before it makes its final decision on them.

Recommended changes

Full details of the recommendations are in the report, however, the main proposals for change include:

  • improved disclosure, including a requirement that disclosure material be provided at least ten days before a long-stay agreement is entered into;
  • no minimum term required for long-stay agreements;
  • no without grounds termination of long-stay agreements;
  • home owners to have the right the sell a home on site and processes to be established to ensure that park operators are involved in the sale process; and
  • no automatic termination of long-stay agreements if a park operator’s financier takes possession of a park.

Previous consultation

The review has been undertaken in stages:

  1. Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement – released in June 2014 – this paper proposed a number of options for reform of the RPLT Act. Feedback was requested from stakeholders in relation to the costs and benefits of each of those options and whether they would be viable. The recommendations in the statutory review report are based on the options that were put to stakeholders in the consultation regulatory impact statement.
  2. Discussion paper – released in August 2012 – the purpose of the discussion paper was to identify the specific issues that stakeholders wanted to have considered during the review process.  

Downloads and resources

Submissions - Have your say

Opportunity for making a submission is now closed. 

Enquiries

Enquiries can be made by calling Consumer Protection's Advice Line on 1300 30 40 54 or by email.

Statutory Review Report

The report sets out recommendations based on an analysis of all stakeholder feedback and research undertaken by Consumer Protection. 

Download the Statutory Review Report

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