Latest Park Home Information
Park Home Owners latest updates:
8th. May 2017:
PARK HOME OWNERS JUSTICE CAMPAIGN ON PARK OWNER’S 10% COMMISSION – UPDATE
The Park Home Owner’s Justice Campaign headed by Sonia McColl, delivered the 40,000 strong petition to Downing Street on 21st March to ask MPs to review the commission charge currently paid by home owners to site owners upon the sale of a park home.
The Beech Park Residents Association Chairman, Alan Savory, accompanied Sonia McColl together with representatives of national residents associations, and Christopher Chope MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Welfare of Park Home Residents to deliver the petition.
Alan, as a consultant with IPHAS (Independent Park Home Advisory Service) represents residents in discussions with government and M.P.s on park home legislation.
2017 REVIEW OF THE MOBILE HOMES ACT LEGISLATION
The Mobile Homes Act 2013 made significant changes to the law on park homes and marked the Government’s commitment to giving better rights and protection to park homeowners, whilst ensuring that honest professional site owners are not faced with unfair competition from rogue operators.
The Government gave a commitment to review park homes law in 2017. The review in two parts. Part 1 is concerned with wider practices in the park home sector for which we want to gather more information and evidence about. Part 2 is specifically concerned with gathering evidence around the effectiveness of the Mobile Homes Act 2013.
Copies can also be downloaded from HERE . If you require a paper copy please contact the Beech Park Association Committee Chairman, Alan Savory.
30th. September 2016:
Click HERE for the latest update on the 10% Commission Charge.
25th. October 2015:
THE PARK HOME OWNERS JUSTICE CAMPAIGN
The JUSTICE Campaign continues to fight for a fairer deal for park home residents by embarking upon a new campaign to review the right of site owners to charge a commission of up to 10% upon the private sale of park homes.The present Commission Charge is outdated, inequitable and represents a significant loss of the park home owner’s hard earned equity.
IMPORTANT – THE PARK HOME OWNERS JUSTICE CAMPAIGN NEEDS YOU to SIGN UP TO THE Park Home Owners’ JUSTICE Campaign’s PETITION FOR A GOVERNMENT REVIEW of the commission of up to 10% to site owners upon the private sale of park homes.
You can use the form attached to the last Residents Association Newsletter (October 2015).
4th. November 2013:
Click here to SIGN UP TO THE Park Home Owners’ JUSTICE Campaign’s PETITION FOR A GOVERNMENT REVIEW OF THE 10% COMMISSION CHARGE
28th. May 2013:
IMPORTANT NEWS AFFECTING ALL PARK HOME RESIDENTS
FROM 26TH MAY 2013
The following is sourced from the IPHAS (THE INDEPENDENT PARK HOMES ADVISORY SERVICE) website
The Mobile Homes Act 2013 has now been passed by Parliament and has received Royal Assent. This is a major achievement for a Private Members Bill and congratulations are due to Peter Aldous MP and the other supporting MPs and Lords. However, their support was instigated by you, the residents, applying pressure directly and through the Justice Campaign.
The Act can be downloaded from http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2013/14/enacted/data.pdf See also our Publications listings.
The Act will come into force in sections. The sections relating to site rules and sale of homes will come into force on 26 May 2013.
The sections relating to site licensing will come into force on 1 April 2014.
The government has issued a Statutory Instrument detailing the new procedures for selling and buying a home. This can be downloaded from http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/981/pdfs/uksi_20130981_en.pdf
The guidance on selling procedures and the forms for selling and assignment can be downloaded from https://www.gov.uk/park-homes-guidance
27th. March 2013:
The Mobile Homes Bill was approved on the 26th. March 2013
28th. February 2013:
On 26 February, the Bill reached committee stage in the Lords.
However, no changes were suggested to the Bill so the Bill goes directly to third reading. This procedure is known as “order of commitment discharged”.
The third reading takes place on 5 March 2013 where final amendments can be made.
26th. February 2013:
COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE BILL IN THE LORDS
The Committe stage of the Mobile Homes Bill in the Lords is provisionally scheduled for 26 February 2013. Any proposed amendments should be published shortly.
11th. February 2013:
Towergate Insurance has announced that Peter Aldous MP, who has so successfully guided the Mobile Homes Bill through the House of Commons is to speak and answer questions at its road show at Cobham Village Hall, Cobham, Surrey on 30 May. This will be a great opportunity to hear the very latest news about the progress of Peter’s Private Members’ Bill which by then should be nearing the end, or will have reached the end of its long journey to becoming legislation. Also speaking at the event will be Alan Savory MBE of IPHAS, Sonia McColl of the Park Home Owners’JUSTICE Campaign and Steve Playle, Investigations & Enforcement Manager with Surrey County Council Trading Standards.
The first road show of 2013 is to be held on 18 April at Detling Village Hall near Maidstone. Speakers confirmed to date are Alan Savory MBE, Sonia McColl and Clive Phillips, Principal Trading Standards Officer with Kent County Council. Both events are likely to be very well attended there being a large number of park home residents in both counties.They also represent a fantastic opportunity to hear from leading experts on park home legislation and related issues and to ask questions. To register for either event or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Paul, Shiv or Cat at Towergate on 0844 346 0154. The events are free, are only open to park home residents, start promptly at 3pm and finish at 5pm.
Sourced from: http://www.phhc.co.uk
6th. February 2013:
On 5th March, the Third Reading was passed at 3.25 pm.
Third reading – the final chance for the Lords to change the Bill – took place on 5 March and no amendments were made.
As both Houses have agreed on the text of the Bill it now waits for the final stage of Royal Assent when the Bill will become an Act of Parliament.
A date for Royal Assent has yet to be set.
Some light reading material (Click on the links below to download pdf):
- Mobile Homes Bill
- A Better Deal for Mobile Home Owners – Changes to the Mobile Homes Act 1983
- A Better Deal for Mobile Home Owners – Changes to the Local Authority Site Licensing Regime
1st. February 2013:
FRIDAY 1st FEBRUARY 2013 The Second Reading of the MOBILE HOMES BILL in the House of Lords.
Business in the House of Lords begins at 10 am and continues throughout the day. We are reliably informed that the debate on the second reading of the Mobile Homes Bill will last for approximately two hours.
Lord Best will be presenting the Bill and we am informed that there could be six speakers for the Bill.
Those who have access to a computer and the Internet will be able to watch the proceedings live at the link below:
IF YOU GO ONTO THE PAGE AT THE ABOVE LINK ON 1st FEBRUARY AND LOOK AT THE BOX ON THE RIGHT AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE, IT WILL SHOW WHAT IS HAPPENING THAT DAY AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CLICK ON THAT BOX TO WATCH IT LIVE.
INFORMATION REGARDING LIVE VIEWING ON YOUR OWN TELEVISION FROM PARLIAMENT TV CHANNEL 81 (FREEVIEW)
Business in the House of Lords begins at 10 am. However, whenever the House of Commons is sitting, the BBC Parliament channel 81 carries the business in the House of Commons live without any interruption. Therefore, if business is also being carried out simultaneously in the House of Lords, this is shown in full later that day or the following morning.
Business will be happening in the House of Commons and could continue until 2.30pm at the latest. After this time, the BBC should switch over to the House of Lords. There are several bills on the list before the MOBILE HOMES BILL and therefore it will probably not begin until around lunch time or even later in the afternoon on the 1st February – so it would be worth tuning into to Channel 81 to see if you can see it.
Mobile Homes Bill 2012-13
First reading took place on 3 December. This stage is a formality that signals the start of the Bill’s journey through the Lords.
Second reading – the general debate on all aspects of the Bill – is scheduled to take place on 1 February.
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