PARK HOMES REFORMS MEAN FAIRER DEAL FOR RESDENTS SAYS LUFF
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PARK HOMES REFORMS MEAN FAIRER DEAL FOR RESDENTS SAYS LUFF

The rights of park home residents are set to be improved after a welcome announcement by the government this week, and Mid Worcestershire MP, Peter Luff, is urging residents in park homes to take advantage of the reforms.
Worcestershire has large numbers of park homes; in Peter’s Mid Worcestershire constituency there are important sites around Droitwich, Evesham and Broadway.

This week, Grant Shapps, the Minister for Housing and Local Government announced that he is transferring most of the functions of County Courts under the Mobile Homes Act 1983 to Residential Property Tribunals.

Peter said,

“This may sound a small, technical change, but it has real benefits for park home residents who are often very vulnerable to intimidation and unreasonable behaviour by the owners of the sites themselves”

The aim of the transfer of the jurisdiction is to provide residents of park homes and their site owners, with a level playing field in the resolution of disputes, by providing access to a dedicated, low cost specialist (housing) tribunal, which can deal with cases quickly and effectively, without the parties needing to be legally represented. This will mean that park home residents will be able to take action to resolve disputes with site owners, without being restricted by the prospect of facing large legal costs.

The transfer will come into effect as soon as possible after the summer recess. The Minister also announced his intention to work closely with interested resident and industry partners in developing measures to empower residents to exercise more control over the management of sites, where there are management failings by site owners which significantly impact upon the well-being of the local communities.

Peter said,

“I have long campaigned for improved rights for park home owners and know that hundreds of my constituents will welcome this big step in the right direction.”

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