With effect from 21 March 2012 all disputes, bar termination, relating to park homes sited on residential parks in Wales will be determined by the Residential Property Tribunal not the County Court. As with the transfer of jurisdiction in England in 2011 there is a transitional period. Any applications made to the court prior to 21 March 2012 will not be affected and where a pitch fee proposal is made before 21 March park owners will have until 21 March next year to apply to the County Court to determine the review.
It will be of interest to park owners with parks in Wales that the Welsh Assembly have approved the introduction of a bill to regulate how second hand park homes are sold. The bill seeks to introduce independent monitoring of meetings between the park owner and potential purchasers and establish a system of arbitration for home owners who feel they have lost money on sales as a result of the park owner’s actions – http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/wales/newsid_9690000/9690772.stm - The bill also seeks to introduce a fit and proper test for park owners. We will be monitoring the bill’s progress and will keep you up to date with developments.