Woman, 74, evicted for second time

AN elderly woman kicked out of her Brisbane manufactured home of more than two decades almost found herself evicted from a second site at Ipswich.

Nola Goodall, 74, had lived at the Big4 Brisbane Northside Holiday Village - which was a mix of permanent residents, caravan occupiers and tourists - for more than 20 years

But Wadley Properties, which operates the Big4 park, decided in 2009 to transition the manufactured homes out of the park.

Wadley had agreed to shift Ms Goodall's home to a caravan park in Ipswich, which happened in February.

But the Ipswich council refused final building approval until extra plumbing work was carried out.

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal member Susan Gardiner said the council required a water tank and energy efficient hot water system to be installed.

In a judgment posted online this week she said Ms Goodall was served an eviction notice in March because the site had not been approved and Wadley owed outstanding fees to the council.

Ms Gardiner said Wadley objected to paying for these extra requirements, arguing the home had been upgraded in the shift and installation of the water tank and hot water system would save Ms Goodall money in the future.

"Essentially saying the company has spent enough money on Ms Goodall's shift and that she should bear this expense herself," Ms Gardiner said.

But Ms Gardiner said the previously outline terms of settlement were clear and ordered them to pay the $6347 to install the items.

She said the park owner must obtain all relevant approvals to relocate the home to the new park.

Ms Gardiner said it was also plain from the Manufactured Homes Act that park owners must compensate homeowners who suffer if their agreement is terminated early and for a reason unrelated to their site agreement compliance.



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