While it is recognised that there are some good park home site operators, the vast majority of the evidence received suggests that malpractice is widespread across the sector. The most widespread problems identified include: 'sale blocking' - withholding 'approval' of prospective sales possibly forcing vendors to sell their homes at a reduced price and before selling at a profit; harassment by site owners; a licensing regime which allows site owners to breach licence conditions with a maximum fine of only Ap2, 500; and confusion over contractual obligations which leaves residents with little or no ability to take action if the site is not properly maintained. The Committee recommends legislation to remove a site owner's existing 'right to approve' buyers. To compensate for this, sellers would have to make buyers aware of their obligations towards a site and its owner in writing before sale transactions take place. Pending this legislation, clearer powers for the Residential Property Tribunal to award damages is needed. The licensing regime must be modernised. New legislation is needed to make site owner obligations clear and to require the deposit of site rules with local authorities. The Committee welcomes the Government's consultation A Better Deal for Mobile Home Owners, but warns that more needs to be done. If the expected improvements do not happen, then the new legislation must provide a power for the Government to allow local authorities to withdraw and withhold licences from site owners found not to be 'fit and proper'. This provision should be activated if problems are persisting.Cornwall Council explained that aambiguities and uncertaintiesa in the interpretation of Mobile Home Act meant that it ... be obliged to maintain and keep in repair: - the base on which the home is stationed; 0 utility infrastructure; 0 parts of theanbsp;...
|Author||:||Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Communities and Local Government Committee, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2012-06-20|