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Last updated 12 January 2007
Types of mobile homes
The following types of residences are examples of what is considered to be a mobile home:
- transportable home,
- vehicle, and
Assessment of a mobile home
The following table provides reference points for the assessment rules of certain types of mobile homes.
If the principal home is a mobile home in which the person has...
Then follow the assessment rules contained in ...
reasonable security of tenure,
Homeowner's Basic Assessment Rules.
no reasonable security of tenure,
Non-Homeowner's Basic Assessment Rules.
Mooring or site fees
Mobile home owners who pay a fee for the use of a site to situate the vehicle or structure, or a fee for the right to moor a vessel, may be eligible to receive rent assistance.
Caravan parks marketed as retirement parks
If a person purchases a mobile home and pays site fees to a caravan park that is marketed as a retirement park, they will be assessed as a mobile homeowner. These parks are not considered to be retirement villages.
Rent Assistance is an allowance, which may be paid to a service pensioner or income support supplement (ISS) recipient to assist in meeting the cost of rental accommodation.
To receive rent assistance, a pensioner must be paying rent (other than Government rent) for accommodation in Australia, and the amount paid must exceed a certain threshold.
According to subsection 5M(3) of the VEA, premises constitute a retirement village if:
- the premises are residential premises; and
- accommodation in the premises is primarily intended for persons who are at least 55 years old; and
- the premises consist of one or more of the following kinds of accommodation:
- self-care units;
- serviced units;
- hostel units; and
- the premises include communal facilities for use by occupants of the units referred to above.