Residential parks

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What are residential parks?

If you live in a residential park, you will usually: 

  • own a movable dwelling (also called a manufactured home or relocatable home), and
  • rent the underlying site (land) where your home is located. 

You will also have use of the park’s shared facilities and common areas. 

Each park has its own rules, which cover things such as noise, parking, visitors and pets.

Parks can have a mix of different dwelling types and rental arrangements. For example, some caravan parks and holiday parks also contain sites for movable dwellings.

Residential parks are often marketed to people over 55 as an affordable housing option. They sometimes seem similar to retirement villages, but there are important differences. For more information, view our What is a retirement village? page.

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Before signing a site agreement

Read your site agreement carefully - this is the rental agreement for the land where your home will be located. For key information to help you understand this agreement and your rights, download our Checklist: signing a site agreement (Word, 144KB)

Moving into a residential park is a significant commitment and it is important to fully understand how it could affect your finances and lifestyle. 

We recommend seeking independent legal and/or financial advice before you sign a site agreement. For help finding this advice, visit:

Questions to consider:

  • Will you be allowed to make modifications to your home, such as handrails or ramps, if you need them?
  • Will you be allowed to keep a pet if you want to?
  • If you plan to have family or friends stay with you sometimes, what are the rules that apply to visitors?
  • If your circumstances change and you have to leave the park, can you afford any costs involved – for example, rent until you sell your home?
  • Have you planned how to sell or move your home if the park closes? Although movable dwellings are designed to be transportable, it is often costly to do so.

Living in a residential park

To learn about your rights and responsibilities while living in a residential park, view our information on:

Resolving disputes

To find out your options for resolving a dispute with the park operator, view our Resolving renting disputes page.

We cannot intervene in disputes between park residents. If your park has a residents’ committee, the committee may be able to help resolve this type of dispute. For more information, view our Site agreement page.

The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria provides free dispute resolution for a range of issues, including tenant vs tenant disputes. Visit the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria website.

Leaving a residential park

To learn about the process for ending your site agreement or transferring it to someone else, view our information on:

Where to go for information and advice

Housing for the Aged Action Group provides older people with housing information, advice and support. Telephone 1300 765 178 or visit the Housing for the Aged Action Group website.

Seniors Information Victoria provides free information about housing options for older people. Telephone 1300 13 50 90 or visit the Seniors Information Victoria page on the COTA Victoria website.

Victorian Caravan Parks Association (VicParks) provides a list of residential parks that are association members. Visit the Residential parks page on the VicParks website.

Definitions

Dwelling purchase agreement – a contract to buy a movable dwelling. For more information, view our Site agreement page.

Movable dwelling – also known as a manufactured home or relocatable home. A movable dwelling is designed so that it can be transported from one place to another.

Residential park – a park where people live in movable dwellings as their main residence (not a holiday home). These parks can be called other names such as a residential village or lifestyle village. A park can also have a mixture of residential and holiday accommodation.

Site agreement - a rental agreement for the site (land) where a movable dwelling is located. For more information, view our Site agreement page.

Site owner – the owner of the site (land) where a movable dwelling is located. In practice, an agent or park manager may act on behalf of the site owner. For more information, view our Caravan and residential park operators section.

Site tenant – someone who rents the site (land) where their movable dwelling is located. For more information, view our Site agreement page.

Last updated: 17/03/2017

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