There are a number of different Retirement Living Options, and one that is increasingly common is the Over 50s Resort Style of living.

These sorts of arrangements come under the Manufactured Homes Act, and deal with ownership of (theoretically) relocatable homes within a Manufactured Home Park.

The term Over 50s Resort is really a marketing term and doesn’t really have any legal definition or meaning.

The crucial difference with Manufactured Homes is that unlike a Retirement Village unit, you actually own the home in which you live. Retirement Village units are held as Leases, or Licences.

With Manufactured Homes you do not own the land and pay a site rental to place your home on the land owned by the operator. Usually the site rental payment would be higher than the service fees payable for a comparable level Retirement Village unit.

There are a series of differences between a manufactured home and a retirement village arrangement.  Some of the major differences are:

  Retirement Village                                      

You don’t own the Home                               

You pay Service Fees                                       

Usually no Capital Gain or Loss                                

 Significant Exit Fees                                          

 Focus on Community Involvement                                       

  Usually more expensive  to buy                            

Manufactured Home

You own the home

You pay site rental

You get the gain, and bear any loss

No exit fees

Limited Community Engagement

Usually cheaper to buy

In 2019 the State Government brought in significant changes to the legislation in relation to Manufactured Homes, introducing greater transparency for purchasers, but also very detailed forms to be disclosed – the Forms 1A,1B,1C and 2 that must be reviewed, digested and signed can often run to 100+ pages all up.  Accordingly the Government strongly recommends prospective purchasers get experienced independent legal advice prior to entering into this complex contract documentation.

Brisbane Elder Law are experts in dealing with the complex documentation required to be entered into with purchasing a Manufactured Home.  Contact them on 1800961622 or visit