Members of the QLD Gov are writing to village and manufactured home park residents across the state informing them that they now have access to a free legal service to answer their legal queries and commence legal action against operators in limited cases. $600,000 has been allocated over a two-year trial to establish the Park and Village Information Link (PAVIL) unit within the governments free Caxton Group legal service.
Their website states: PAVIL aims to help Queenslanders living in retirement villages and manufactured home parks to:
1. understand their rights and responsibilities under the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (Qld) and the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003 (Qld)
2. obtain the knowledge and skills to present their interests to village and park operators
3. have increased access to appropriate legal advice services.
One lawyer and one information officer have been employed. They have met with the QLD resident association, the ARQRV, and reportedly are diverting queries to them. The ARQRV informs us they receive 4,000 odd queries and complaints a year from village residents. They have a financial membership base of 8,000.