Greater protection needed for Mobile Home residents! Bring in Fit and Proper controls!
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Many Parks are for older people, who may be less likely to fight back when confronted with unfairness and injustice from their Site Owner. I live on a Park Site, I know people who live on other sites, and I have spoken with National organisations who report problems country-wide. The law needs to be stronger - not just for older people, although there are many - but ALL residents. It's ok if you have a good Site Owner and manager, but if you don't, life can be miserable.
There are an estimated 250,000 people who live in Park Homes. On privately owned sites, residents who own their home pay Site Fees to the Site Owner (owner of the land on which the homes are situated), who is issued a Site Licence by the Local Authority to run the Site.
Yet no legal criteria have ever been brought in to direct Councils as to who can be granted a Site Licence! This needs to change. A number of residents privately report difficulties with Site Owners or managers, but are afraid to come forward. They need better protection, so that they can come forward without fear of repercussions where they live.
The government were due to review the Mobile Homes Act 2013 this year, including whether 'Fit and Proper' controls need to be applied, and looking at the effectiveness of Local Authorities, although I have just heard that it may be delayed until 2018. It was due to be May, then the Autumn - it can't be delayed again!
Please join me in asking for the law to be revisited as a priority;
1) to bring in 'Fit and Proper' controls as to who can own or run a site. (Feel free to comment as to what you think should be included - there isn't even a DBS check required by law.)
2) to set up a safe way that residents complaints may be logged.
3) to implement a national database which Councils must access to alert them to any previous comments and complaints regarding an individual or company that wishes to have a Licence.
Any reasonable Site Owners won't object to checks being made, and legal controls would better direct Councils to protect the people living within their jurisdiction.
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