Mobile Home Parks

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:35 pm on 2nd March 2009.

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) 10:35 pm, 2nd March 2009

I absolutely agree with the right hon. Gentleman. He said that it would be useful to have a court of appeal that is less onerous than the county courts. I have a great deal of sympathy with that and I can tell him that I am mindful of helping Mr. and Mrs. Ellis and others in their circumstances in that way.

Where civil disputes arise between residents and site owners, I think the whole House will agree that there needs to be an accessible, cheap and relatively informal means of resolving them. That is why I have consulted on transferring the jurisdiction of county courts under the Mobile Homes Act 1983 to residential property tribunals. My officials are studying the responses we have received to the consultation and I intend to announce the way forward on that proposal shortly. I hope that that gives some comfort to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis and to others.

In the past couple of years, we have made a number of improvements to the framework of the park homes sector. I am a strong advocate of resident empowerment and I firmly believe that the measures we introduced in October 2006, amending the 1983 Act and requiring representative residents' associations to be recognised, go an awfully long way in that direction. They give residents a voice in the management of the sites that they occupy, and I strongly urge park home owners to form associations. I believe that a collective voice can and does achieve results.

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Ross Mackenzie
Posted on 4 Mar 2009 11:29 am (Report this annotation)

Mr. Wright appears to be in a mindset over why he should not assist Mobile Home owners with new protective and enforceable legislation. Indeed, during his response to Mr. Gummer’s admirable opening address and other speakers’ contributions to the debate, he refers to Quote: If we addressed that specific point by addressing the specific rights of caravan owners, we would open up a huge range of issues regarding property, which would be counter-productive – end Quote.

Mr. Wright needs to understand that we are not discussing extremely mobile caravans; we are discussing the occupancy of wholly resident-owned (Mobile) Homes which are normally permanently sited for decades.

There needs to be a complete legal division between Caravans and Mobile Homes. Mobile Homes fall into the same category as post-war pre-fabs and are just as permanent when sited. When occupied and kitted out, they also weigh several tons. The misnomer ‘Mobile’ refers solely to the fact that these are prefabricated buildings which, for convenience of handling, are fitted with wheels to make delivery by low-loader trailer and siting much easier – without the need for a crane. These wheels are suitable for inching speeds only and are unlikely to survive even a 30mph 10 mile delivery tow.

Pre-fabs are covered by existing bricks-and-mortar property laws and so should (Mobile) Homes. Both the pitch Tenant and the pitch Landlord’s rights could be just as adequately covered – possibly with a few minor adjustments - by existing bricks-and-mortar Landlord/Tenant occupancy legislation.

Leonard Loughrey
Posted on 12 Mar 2009 1:39 pm (Report this annotation)

No rates are paid when you live in a caravan, I pay rates to my Local Authority. So its rated unlike a caravan. Why can residents of Park Homes not be under English Property Law.Instead of a outdated law from 1983
Living in a Mobile home I have no control over my utility supply LPG at maximum charge, Electricity at a higher rate. £880 per annum for LPG for a 2 bedroom home using LPG for CH& Hob only.I cannot complain or change supply.The pitch fee is increased each year RHI(compound %) no control over annual expenditure.
£880 LPG
£350 Elect.
£1300 pitch fee
£1200 Rates
Direct cost Of living the Dream as it was sold.
LPG is sold by the lire but metres read Cubic metres a guide line figure of 3.65 is used. Article Aug-Sept Clesse Meters states that this figure can be out by 15% if a guide line figure was used by British gas in the domestic market in the UK there would be uproar, NOT WHEN YOU LIVE IN A MOBILE? WHY