What are manufactured homes?

A manufactured home is a structure that:

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

Manufactured homes do not include caravans or tents.

Manufactured homes are found in various types of residential parks:

  • mixed-use—the park may have a mixture of manufactured homes, caravan sites, tents and holiday cabins, which offer short and long-term accommodation
  • purpose-built—these parks are made up of manufactured homes exclusively and are often targeted at the over-50s age group.

Residential parks are managed by a park owner or manager.

Converted caravans

A converted caravan is a structure that was designed as a caravan, and is no longer a caravan because of a structural addition or alteration.

A converted caravan is not considered a manufactured home, except when:

  • there is a site agreement between a converted caravan owner and a residential park owner
  • a residential park owner and a converted caravan owner voluntarily enter into a site agreement
  • the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has decided the structure meets the definition of a manufactured home.

Manufactured home owners

You're considered a manufactured home owner for the purposes of the Act if:

  • your manufactured home is your principal place of residence
  • you hold an interest in a site agreement as a personal representative or beneficiary of an estate
  • you allow a tenant to occupy the home temporarily (if permitted under the site agreement).

View a list of recorded manufactured home parks by region.

Manufactured homes in residential parks are legislated by the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003.

You can get free legal assistance and information about manufactured homes from the Queensland Retirement Village and Park Advice Service.

Operators must be aware of their obligations as penalties apply for non-compliance. Read our information for managing manufactured homes in residential parks.

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