Last updated 11 August 2016

This section is intended to provide an overview of the laws affecting people living in manufactured home accommodation. The law in this area can be quite complex, and legal and financial advice should be obtained by any existing or intending residents about the implications of particular aspects of manufactured home park living.

The Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003 (Qld) (Manufactured Homes Act) governs the operations of manufactured home parks with the objective of regulating and promoting fair trading practices in relation to these types of accommodation.

The Manufactured Homes Act creates a concept known as a ‘manufactured home’, which is defined in the Act as a structure other than a caravan or tent that:

  • has the character of a dwelling house
  • is designed to be able to be moved from one position to another
  • is not permanently attached to land.

Just as in a retirement village, a manufactured home is normally sited with other homes in the same geographical location (a park) with shared community facilities. Generally speaking, manufactured homes are less expensive than retirement village units.