Final week of the manufactured home survey: Queensland government

Property owners in possession of manufactured homes have one week left to complete an online survey about the industry, according to Queensland's Housing Minister Tim Mander.

Mander said that the government is reviewing the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003, with plans to lower the cost of living and reduce red tape.

“The survey was first launched 11 weeks ago and includes questions on a range of topics including sales, operations, utility charges, rent increases and dispute resolution," said Mander.

This comes as the government has been opposed to a recent draft ruling from the ATO that may have burdened manufactured home owners with extra GST on their site's rent.

“The Newman Government believes the draft ruling is unfair and has called on the Federal Government to reject it,” he said. 

“It’s simply not fair for manufactured home owners to be slugged with an additional cost that doesn’t apply to people renting other types of dwellings like apartments or houses."

With 21,000 manufactured homes in parks across the state, many of them are under the ownership of retirees and seniors.

A consultation paper based on the survey's results, meetings with park owners and representatives, the legal profession, home owner advocacy groups and other relevant stakeholders, will be released by mid-2014.

“The consultation paper will outline the challenges facing manufactured home owners and the residential parks industry and the options to address them," he said.

The survey is available online.

It asks your gender, age and income, details about your living conditions and the park in which you are located, as well as information about selling your property. There is also space to add in your own comments.

jduke@propertyobserver.com.au

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke was a property writer at Property Observer

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