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Lobbying for Stronger, More Inclusive Housing Legislation

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2013 Government Statements

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Park Homes Policy Forum is an organization representing the interests and welfare of park home residents throughout the United Kingdom. Our goal is to influence the actions of the government when it comes to addressing the abuses of park owners. We serve mainly those who are 55 to 85 years old. Read the statements of the government to learn more.

Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary – May 27, 2013

‘The laws coming into force from this week will help root out the rogues who prey on the vulnerable and make their residents’ lives a misery. Park homes, which often cater for the older generation, offer many people an affordable opportunity to escape to the country. But some dishonest park home operators abuse their position, bullying and intimidating their residents and manipulating the law to make a profit at their expense.


For many, a park home lifestyle is a peaceful retirement ideal, but it only takes a few dishonest site owners to blight the industry by preying on vulnerable residents and neglecting their duty of care. The new laws now in force will make these underhand tactics a thing of the past’.

Mark Prisk, Housing Minister – 2013 Mobile Homes Act

‘It has been passed by Parliament because of the many complaints from homeowners about the standard of service they have received. And in some cases, because a criminal minority have sought to exploit the vulnerable. This Act has the potential to remove those practices and to help restore the sector’s reputation. In 4 years’ time, we will review the effectiveness of the Act.


I would hope that by our actions (government and industry) over the next year or so, it will be clear that the park home sector has become a sustainable part of the housing market, offering real choice and a safe and secure alternative to bricks and mortar home ownership’.

The 13 Points the PHPF Drives For:

  1. A comprehensive review of the MH Act Implied Terms that relate to charges
  2. A coordinated cross-county approach between all local authorities that actively consults with and involves rather than disregards the rights and representations of park homeowners
  3. The use of escalating fixed penalties for noncompliance with Works Notices
  4. The requirement for site owners to allocate a set percentage of pitch fee revenues to sinking funds for site maintenances that are then managed in conjunction with occupiers
  5. Improved strategies to respond to rogue site owners that involve procedures for the temporary or permanent assignments, by the Courts, of site licenses to third-party companies with positive track records in the management of tenanted estates
  6. Full transparency in charges and clarity in what costs can or cannot be passed on
  7. Developing strategies for tackling new forms of sales blocking
  8. The introduction of building controls for all newly sited homes as applied in any other sector
  9. To prevent fraud in the sales of holiday homes as residential, the requirement for all buyers of new homes to be provided with advance copies of full planning consents
  10. Supporting a review of the current sales commissions and the current classification of residential park homes as caravans
  11. A central register of all site owner convictions with public access
  12. The registration of all new homes including site-ownership information
  13. The changing of model standards to law as opposed to good practice recommendations

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