In a media release issued on Sunday, 1 December, NSW Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts claimed that the Park and Village Service is no longer funded to provide advice and advocacy to residential park residents because it did not apply for funding.
“The NSW Minister for Fair Trading’s claim today that the new model to allow for the sale of strata buildings without unanimous agreement will ‘improve the level of protection for home-owners’ (attached) is absurd,” said Charmaine Crowe, Senior Policy Advisor.
“Pensioners slam proposed laws that will see forced sales of homes in strata buildings,” said Senior Policy Advisor Charmaine Crowe.
The NSW Government’s decision to cut funding to two essential tenants’ advice services – the Older Persons Tenants’ Service (OPTS) and the Park and Village Service (PAVS) – is nothing short of an assault on older tenants and residential park residents across NSW.
NSW Fair Trading recently announced its revamped 'Tenants Advice and Advocacy Program 2013-2016' (TAAP). The Older Persons Tenants Service (OPTS) and the Park and Village Service (PAVS) have both been axed under the new TAAP.