Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Written Evidence

Memorandum by the National Association for Park Home Residents (NAPHR) (DHB 18)

  I am pleased to hear that the Committee intend to examine the case for inclusion in the Housing Bill of legislation on other areas.

  The reports of the park homes working party recommended legislative changes and the Government's response to that Report was a commitment to these changes, for this important section of housing.

  The inclusion in the Housing Bill will commence the procedure for the current out-dated legislation to change.

  The 1983 Mobile Homes Act has many weaknesses which are well exploited by the unscrupulous park owner. Under Park 1 of Schedule 1 of the 1983 Act para 8(1) a resident is entitled to sell his/her home to a person approved of by the park owner, whose approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.

  The above law clearly states that the park owner can only disapprove of the purchaser, he cannot prevent the sale of the home; but he/she does.

  There is no time limit on the giving or his approval which assists in the obstruction of the sale along with many other tactics to discourage prospective purchasers in order to obtain a cheap sale to himself to make a larger profit.

  Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1988 for the residents of leasehold flats and houses, where the resident applies for consent to assign the landlord must reply in a "reasonable time" and the burden is on the landlord to prove that he is reasonable and if he withholds his consent he must give his/her reasons. This is just one example of the problems that we encounter.

  There is nothing enshrined with other legislation in the 1983 Act to give the rights that are afforded others.

  There are many forms of bad practice in the park home industry of which I would be pleased to give evidence of.

  The 1983 Mobile Homes Act came into force after only a week of its passage in order to prevent attempts by park owners to circumvent its provisions.

  This Act was a bold attempt to introduce a statutory agreement to protect mobile home owners with a prescribed content, provisions for indefinite right of occupation and a protection against owners seeking to terminate agreements for breaches of relatively unimportant terms. This unfortunately has failed and the proposed changes are a must and I would, therefore, welcome the opportunity to attend an oral evidence session in order to represent the thousands of mobile home dwellers that need our help and change.

B J Doick


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