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Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013
On the 4 November the Mobile Homes (Wales) Bill was granted Royal Assent and has been made into law as the Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013.
The Act introduces significant changes to the site licensing regime and provides further provisions for the management of the park.
Under the new law the park owner will no longer be able to refuse prospective buyers; instead a park owner will have to apply to the tribunal for a refusal order for which the grounds of application are limited.
Changes have also been introduced to the pitch fee reviews which include a presumption that the pitch fee will increase in line with CPI rather than RPI. Park owners will also be expected to take into account any deterioration in the condition or amenity of the park or adjoining land in the park owner’s control, or any reductions in services or deterioration in their quality.
Significant changes have been made to the site licensing regime. Under the new law parks will only be granted site licences for a maximum 5-year duration. The site manager will have to pass a fit and proper person test. Local authorities will have the power to charge a fixed fee for the site licence which park owners will be unable to recover within the pitch fee.
The provisions of the Act are due to come into force on 1 October 2014.
If you have any questions relating to the Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 then contact the parks team on telephone 01392 207020 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org